We can proudly announce that Greta Smetoniute is the Women in Lighting ambassador for United Kingdom. The project is supported by individual female lighting designers in 50+ different countries, all of which can be found on the official website The initiative was developed by Sharon Stammers & Martin Lupton of Light Collective, in conjunction with […]
Adventure is an exciting experience into the unknown that’s typically bold, sometimes risky but ultimately rewarding… At Michael Grubb Studio we are excited to be embarking on a collaborative project with leading UK charity Change Grow Live and Manchester University, leader in higher educational research, to evaluate the impact of light in the spaces that the […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Baker Street Quarter Partnership to develop an area-wide festive lighting scheme that will ‘dazzle’ and enhance the unique identity of one of London’s most notorious areas by night. Located in the very heart of London, the Partnership’s area of benefit has Baker Street and Gloucester Place as its […]
We are delighted to announce that our decorative lighting scheme for London’s Black Prince Road Tunnel was named joint winner at the Surface Design Awards. The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects in the UK and worldwide. The 2019 judging panel selected an impressive 43 projects, each entry […]
Stuart Alexander (Associate) presented ‘Wandering Light’ at Light School, which was part of the 2019 Surface Design Show. The talk was based on a series of light related journeys that were either taken with likeminded people, experienced slowly over time or doused in serendipity. It also included the usual selection of eccentric musings and thoughts, […]
We are currently looking for enthusiastic and hard working Design Technician to join our multi-award winning lighting design team. Applicants must be passionate about design, have great communication skills and be fluent in both written and spoken English. Tasks will include CAD layouts, detailed drawings, written documents, graphic presentations and general co-ordination as needed to […]
Michael Grubb Studio worked in collaboration with Robin Lee Architecture on a collection of 13 large double height open plan apartments, located in west London. The residential development was converted from the former North Thames Gas Board office and laboratory complex. Careful stripping back of the interior finishes exposed the existing robust in-situ and pre-stressed […]
Michael has accepted an invitation to speak at SHARE Belgrade 2019 on Thursday 9th May. Michael’s talk ‘Branding with Light’ will look at how lighting can be used to influence customer behaviour whilst supporting and enhancing a brand. Michael will share case studies from previous projects and his work with major brands namely Guinness, LUSH, […]
We can all celebrate the light we put in any space. Darc Night returned in December for its fourth year. Here is our photo story.
We won a Darc Award. Our public realm lighting scheme for Black Prince Road, in London won in the ‘spaces’ category.
Lighting can be sustainable, it just takes people making it to stand together. Here is how Greta and Matt are making a stand.
We are delighted to announce that the new Seamus Heaney ‘Listen Now Again’ exhibition is complete and now open to the public. This prestigious project is located at the new Bank of Ireland Cultural Heritage Centre on College Green Dublin and was opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. The exhibition celebrates the life […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation from ExpoTrade to present at Light·Space·Design summit, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 27 March 2019. Expotrade specialises in lighting, design and architectural events. The Light.Space.Design summit ultimately intersects the three sectors in the pursuit of transformative and sustainable human-centric lighting. For more information please click here.
We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Llandaff Cathedral to review, design and advise on the internal and external lighting. We will be working in collaboration with Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects to produce new lighting designs for the C15th Bishop Marshall Panel, the Lady Chapel and the David Chapel. […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been shortlisted for two DARC Awards. Projects include our public realm lighting scheme for Black Prince Road in London and our temporary light installation for McLaren’s F1 launch. Winners will be announced at the MC Motors, an Aladdins Cave of props and surprising spaces, in Dalston, London on 06 December 2018. Entries have […]
Melissa Byers is our new Lighting Designer at Michael Grubb Studio. She brings a wealth of experience as a photographer, cinematographer and stereographer, in 3D, in 2D for film and television.
Stuart Alexander presented ‘For the Love of Cables’ at London Design Festival’s DARC room. The talk focused on the production of new wireless technologies in architectural lighting and questioned whether this technology is succeeding in replacing the humble cable. The talk was streamed live – and as you can see he even made a t-shirt for […]
Both Michael Grubb & Stuart Alexander will be presenting talks at LuxLive 2018. Stuart will be presenting ‘What’s Light got to do with it? What’s Light but a second hand experience?’ – which will look at some of our most recent public realm lighting schemes and how we turned unnoticed spaces into places. Michael will […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by London Borough of Croydon to provide lighting designs for two separate installations within the Town Centre. The first project will be located within Portland Railway Bridge, which crosses the upper end of Portland Road and is in close proximity to Norwood Junction station. Constructed around 1845 the bridge […]
Sharing the world of lighting design with audiences around the world, allows the opportunity to present the ordinary through a totally different lens.
The Michael Grubb Studio family is expanding with Melissa Byers, Kira Bennett and Sarah Knight joining the team. Melissa has made that transition into the world of Architectural Lighting Design where she had previously worked as a photographer and stereographer for television and film. Melissa’s story is the source of inspiration for next months SnackTime, sign […]
We have been selected to participate in ‘Design To Shape Light’ – a photographic exhibition by extraordinary creatives, interpreting light. The result is a selection of twenty-one dramatically different photographs by some of Europe’s most innovative architects, designers and creatives. Each photograph will be available for sale through a silent auction with all proceeds going […]
We were invited our by our client LUSH to attend their 2018 Summer Showcase in Manchester. The MGS team experienced an eclectic mix of hair-raising creations, controversial conversations and manufactured environments. In a world where bath bombs reign – we walked in jelly, danced in the rain and flew the giant bath bomb balloons. All […]
Stuart Alexander will be presenting ‘For the Love of Cables’ at London Design Festival’s DARC room on Wednesday 19thSeptember at 2pm. The talk looks at the production of new wireless technologies in architectural lighting and questions whether they are succeeding in replacing the humble cable. Stuart will present what he has learnt from others in […]
Good work is when you transform a white corridor into a space for others to have their own lightbulb moments.
We are delighted to announce that Stuart Alexander has been promoted to Associate. In 2016, Lighting Magazine recognized Stuart as one of the worlds rising stars and was named in their Top 40 Lighting Designers Under The Age Of 40. Since then Stuart has worked on various high profile projects, including Amazon UK, McLaren F1 […]
The official shortlist for the 2018 LUX Awards has been announced with Michael Grubb Studio picking up three nominations. They include Brooklands Museum & Airforce Factory, AUB Phase 1 and Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project. The lighting installations will now be visited and assessed in situ by a team of expert judges with the winners […]
Working with an iconic Italian brand, brought everything back to the roots of family.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Diageo to act as Lighting Guardians for their new Roe & Co distillery and visitor center, which will be housed within the old Power Station, located on James’s Street, Dublin. Roe & Co is made from the finest hand-selected stocks of Irish malt and grain whiskies and aged […]
What is the perfect light? It represents the experience you have, at the moment you find yourself. It recently took one of the Michael Grubb Studio team on a lighting pilgrimage, 6,000 miles away to help determine the perfect light.
We are delighted to finally announce our involvement with Wembley Stadium (England FA), Twickenham Stadium (RFU), Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Goodison Park (Everton FC) and Turf Moor (Burnley FC). All projects are in conjunction with WOO. WilsonOwensOwens Architects (WOO) was created by Derek Wilson and Kevin Owens following the completion of their combined role, leading design for […]
We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Nortern & Shell PLC to provide lighting design services for Westferry Development – a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood with green open spaces and excellent leisure amenities, just minutes from Canary Wharf. The development will be a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood for London […]
We are delighted to announce the Museo Lavazza has opened it’s doors to the public. Michael Grubb Studio provide lighting design for the exhibition, working with multi-award winning exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) to create a series of highly immersive and emotive experiences. More information will be available shortly.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Diageo to provide lighting design services for the refurbishment of the Open Gate Brewery. The Open Gate Brewery is the home of brewing experimentation and innovation at St. James’s Gate where brewers are given license to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by South Devon College to work in collaboration with LHC Architects to design a dynamic exterior lighting scheme for their new Hi Tech & Digital Skills Centre. The scheme has been developed in the context of a wider masterplan, both for the former Syntech factory site within which it […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Adam Khan Architects to provide lighting design services for the exterior spaces of Marian Court, London. Working in conjunction with Muf Architecture the project includes the demolition of Marian Court in Homerton to make way for five new buildings of between three to 12 storeys. Backed by Hackney […]
Michael Grubb Studio provided lighting design services for Bepi Colombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. The exhibition is located within the Tomorrow’s World gallery of London’s Science Museum. The BepiColombo STM has been loaned to the Science Museum by the European Space Agency (ESA) and was developed and build for ESA […]
After many years of planning, Bath Abbey’s ambitious Footprint project has finally commenced on site. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Footprint project is a £19.3 million programme of capital works and interpretation which will ensure the Abbey is more sustainable, hospitable and useable for local residents, worshippers and visitors alike. Bath Abbey has […]
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Michael Grubb Studio will have no less than 3 people on stage for the 2018 PLDC conference, which is to be held in one of the iconic buildings that shape the skyline of Singapore. Singapore will be the first PLDC edition outside of Europe, opening the doors to the exciting and fast growing Asian market. Located […]
Let’s share our involvement and participation in the lead up to the grand reveal for the McLaren MCL33 for the new F1 season.
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation to speak at the 9th edition of LEDforum, which will be held in São Paulo, on August 23rd– 24th2018. The LEDforum is an annual congress organized by L + D Magazine. The event aims to present and discuss studies, solutions and professional practices in all aspects of light and lighting, […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed once again by Diageo to provide lighting designs for the Guinness Storehouse’s €16 million expansion of the iconic Gravity Bar. The innovative plans involve the creation of a new 360 degree space, which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar forming a unique, spectacular, panoramic space which can […]
Over the past few years, we have shown you our journey. We are taking a new turn to document our world. Lets share this with you.
We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed as lighting consultants for Plymouth Better Places – a £27 million-pound regeneration project that will transform the city centre in time for the Mayflower 400 year celebrations and beyond. The consultant team is led by WSP and LDA Design and includes South West […]
We are delighted to announce that the Brooklands Aircraft Factory has finally opened its doors to the public. The project is part of the wider £8m Heritage Lottery- funded Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project. The new exhibition, designed by RAA, is located within the Bellman Hanger, which has been moved off the […]
We are delighted to announce that we are working with multi-award winning landscape architects LUC on the Landscape Masterplan for the National Maritime Museum. Michael Grubb Studio are appointed as lighting designers with the role of developing a Light & Dark Strategy for the site. The landscape significance of the National Maritime Museum site is […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed to provide lighting design services for prestigious Hook Restaurant, at Farncombe Estate. The newly developed restaurant and bar project is being designed by Hannah Lohan Interiors and will be open to the public in March 2018. Distinctive, addictive and unlike anywhere else in the Cotswolds, Hook will take dining […]
Lets be reflective and look at how things have progressed in 2017 for the company as well as the lighting design industry as a whole.
Nurturing tomorrow’s seasoned lighting design team, involves immersing in today’s talent. Lets put the spotlight on our newest team members.
Michael Grubb Studio collaborated (once again) with LOVE Creative to create a world class visitor experience within the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin – this time it was to bring the Guinness brewing process to life. Using a combination of interactive exhibits, spatial and lighting design, along with new film footage and photography, the team designed a […]
Michael Grubb Studio won the ‘invited competition’ to provide lighting design services for London Metropolitan University’s Holloway Campus. The project seeks to unify a disparate collection of existing buildings and provide a new ‘heart’ at the centre of campus. Michael Grubb Studio will be working in conjunction with Gustafson Porter + Bowman (Landscape Architects), Design […]
Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce that we have appointed by Landsec (formerly Land Securities) to provide lighting design services for the Plaza at Bluewater Shopping Centre. Shopping is an experience at this beautifully designed centre in north Kent. It opened in 1999 and continues to be one of the best retail and leisure […]
Michael Grubb Studio was appointed by London’s Science Museum to provide lighting design services for ‘Superbugs, the fight for our lives’ – which runs until the 9th November 2017. Antibiotics have enabled us to combat diseases that were once untreatable. But bacteria have fought back, evolving into superbugs resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. […]
Michael has accepted an invitation for ExpoTrade to provide a keynote speach at the the 7th edition of the Middle East Lighting Design Summit, which is set to take place in Dubai on 2-3 May 2018. Michael will be joined by over 30 other industry experts from across the GCC region, all of which will […]
Michael presented ‘Create retail experiences, not showrooms!’ at the biannual PLDC Convention – a global lighting design conference for lighting designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients. PLDC brought together over 2000 attendees from over 25 associations. This included representatives from 38 universities and institutes, all travelling from various cities from around the globe. Michael […]
Special one-off projects can be so much more than something that disappears after the initial fanfare. Creativity with a limited brief, deserves to be shared.
Discover Children’s Story Centre have appointed Michael Grubb Studio as the lighting design team for A World Inside A Book exhibition.
Michael Grubb Studio have been appointed by Reselton Properties to provide a Lighting Masterplan for the Mortlake Stage Brewery site, Richmond-Upon-Thames, London.
Michael Grubb Studio are delighted to announce that we have been appointed by Amazon UK to provide Lighting Design services for their internal creative agency D1.
Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Wonderlab at London’s Science Musuem has been shortlisted for in the FX Awards 2017.
We are delighted to announce that we have moved in to our new studio. It is only a short walk from our previous location, but we are happy to call a new place home.
When you work to an ethos, you can move mountains. Lets share how the team have worked to the think, play and produce principals.
Michael Grubb Studio is delighted to announce that we have been appointed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide permanent festive lighting for London’s iconic Brick Lane. A microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns, the area around Brick Lane in East London was once associated with poor slums and the scene of the […]
We are looking for a creative, charismatic and ambitious Senior Designer / Associate to join our multi-award winning team. You will require natural leadership qualities and aspirations to full-fill management duties moving forward. You will also need to be an excellent communicator, able to inspire clients, collaborate with design partners and demonstrate technical knowledge with regards […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Arts University Bournemouth to provide lighting design services for their new £17M student accommodation campus. The proposed 9,000m2 project will provide 297 bedrooms, 269 of which will be delivered as cluster flats sharing a communal kitchen area, 23 as studio apartments with their own kitchen facilities and […]
Michael Grubb Studio now provides certified RIBA CPD ontent for architects and other design professionals. ‘Inspired by Light’ is the first seminar on offer and can be booked through the official RIBA CPD website. Further content is currently being developed and will be available in due course.
We are delighted to announce that Matt Waugh and Greta Smetoniute have both been promoted to Senior Designer and Project Designer respectively. Matt’s current projects include the AUB Plot Q Campus in Bournemouth, West Downs Campus for University of Winchester, Bath Abbey Footprint, Woolsey Regeneration and two projects in Morocco (that cannot be named). Matt […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed to provide lighting designs for a new hospitality project in the North Devon village of Woolfardisworthy (pronounced — and thankfully often spelt — Woolsery). The project consists of a derelict manor house which is being turned into a boutique hotel, a series of refurbished cottages and the local village pub. […]
Wonderlab, at the Science Museum, London has been awarded a 2017 IES Illumination Award of Merit for its “meritorious contribution to the lighting profession”. All projects were reviewed and judged by a jury of lighting design peers from a broad professional spectrum, representing diverse skills and depth of lighting design knowledge and application expertise. 2017 IES […]
Creating spaces that encourage thinking, play and production, builds stronger businesses.
Perfume, a sensory journey through contemporary scent has now opened at Somerset House. The temporary exhibition will run from June – 17 September 2017. Michael Grubb Studio worked in collaboration with Muf Architecture, who provided exhibition design for various spaces. The multi-sensory exhibition features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, all of which have radically […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation from the Lighting Institute to speak at the THINKLIGHT Forum in Dubai. The two-day conference, associated with Light Middle East, runs on the 18-19 October 2017. THINKLIGHT will discuss lighting from three perspectives including concept, project and application basis under 2 main categories THINK SMART and THINK DESIGN and is aimed at the […]
Michael Grubb Studio has agreed to support, participate and provide a light-art installation for the 2017 DARC night. The event will take place at MC Motors, an Aladdins Cave of props and surprising spaces, in Dalston, London on September 14th, 2017. The DARC awards is a unique concept where every independent architectural lighting designer and light artist will […]
Lets look at the value of becoming active by sharing knowledge with others. We are now working with the Lighting Alliance and RIBA CPD.
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by London Zoo to provide lighting design services for their new Zoorassic Park experience, which will run from 22 July – 3 September 2017. For just six weeks, visitors will take a trip via a time machine to the Mesozoic era (about 65 million years ago – give or […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Intothewoods Glos Ltd to provide a Lighting Design services for the newly proposed ‘Into the Woods’ experience. Proposals will be for 7 cabins that will seek to be discreetly placed throughout the woodland and around two large lakes. As well as the cabins, there will be walkways, […]
We are delighted to announce that the Design Workshops & Studios at the Arts University Bournemouth has won a 2017 RICS Award and a RIBA South West Award 2017. An imaginative conversion of redundant former halls of residence, the success of AUB Design Studios is well deserved recognition for the work of a strong integrated […]
Lessons learnt from the past become ingrained in how we approach lighting design today.
Perfume will be a multi-sensory exhibition that features ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, all of which have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years. From the self-taught to the classically trained, the exhibition explores perfumers reworking their palette of ingredients to construct original and outrageous signatures which assault all of […]
The Lighting Journal, the official publication of the Institute of Lighting Professionals, has published Michael’s article titled ‘Tales of the City’. It features in the April 2017 edition – and we even got the front cover! The article looks at Michael Grubb Studio’s storytelling approach to public realm lighting, which is driven by giving purpose […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Union Chapel to design an exterior lighting scheme for its iconic London venue, which is located in the heart of Islington. Union Chapel is an amazing space. It is an architectural treasure that’s home to a working church, an award-winning venue, a unique organ and The Margins Project for those homeless and […]
Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by Diageo to provide lighting design services for Brewing, a new interactive experience at the Guinness Storehouse that will allow visitors the chance to find out exactly what it takes to make Guinness. From the famous strain of yeast to the passion shared by all the brewers, the gallery […]
In total, 22 exhibits compete for attention in Wonderlab and designing a space to hold them all was no mean feat. The task was taken on by Michael Grubb Studio (which took care of lighting), Ab Rogers (3D design) and LucienneRoberts+ (2D design). Wonderlab is all about experimenting with science. Students can investigate how light and sound […]
Michael Grubb has accepted the invitation to participate at “Ó Mouraria, ilumina a montra!” in Lisbon, which will be held from 13 to 15 September 2017. This event is being organized by LLD-APDII (Portuguese Association of Independent Lighting Designers), with the remit to raising awareness, in Portugal, of the lighting design profession. The event’s main focus […]
Michael has accepted an invitation from the ILP to speak at the Lighting For Good event, which is to be held on 16th May 2017 at Marshalls Design Space, London How can you help people and do something positive in this world? Does your career benefit the public? Could it, and should it? How should we, the […]
Michael Grubb Studio provided a unique and playful lighting installation for the official opening of Wonderlab, at the National Science + Media Museum. The temporary installation incorporated large-scale helium balloons with temporary lighting overlaid and programmed to animate the large glazed atrium. The installation is now being developed in to a permanent scheme that will […]
Michael Grubb has accepted an invitation to participate in a live LUX Webinar on 3 May 2017. The live session will explore the ways that retail lighting is becoming influenced not only by the amount of illumination generated, but, most crucially, by the colour of the light itself. The rise of the LED has changed the way […]
The Re:lit project is an award winning lighting initiative that has been embraced for three years. It now sits at a crossroads.
‘Madonna and Miracles’ is a major exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Musuem. The new exhibition reveals the central place of religion in the Italian Renaissance and how religious beliefs and practices were embedded in every aspect of domestic life. The exhibition challenges the idea of the Renaissance as a time of increasing worldliness and secularization, the […]