The Design Museum is dedicated to showcasing product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design excellence. It was founded in 1989 by Sir Terrance Conran and was originally housed in Shad Thames, a South Bank location in London near Tower Bridge. However, following a further significant donation from Sir Terrance Conran, the museum relocated in 2016 to the stunning Grade II – listed, former Commonwealth Institute, in High Street Kensington, West London.
The Commonwealth Institute building, transformed into a modernist space by architectural designer John Pawson, affords the museum three times more exhibition space than before and a permanent, free display. Since re-opening, the museum has welcomed 250,000 visitors in the first 12 weeks. It is ranked in the top 10 of The Telegraph’s “Incredible museums to visit before you die” list.
“Hitachi projectors have been used to great effect in the “Imagine Moscow” exhibition, marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution,” explained exhibition curator, Eszter Steierhoffer. “During the 1920s and early 1930s, following the revolution, a generation of architects and designers sought to redesign the capital city in an idealistic vision that was never realised. Rarely seen architectural drawings, artwork, propaganda and publications from the period are displayed. The Hitachi projectors have helped us present subjects such as urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation, in an exciting and accessible format.”
Five Hitachi professional projectors are used in the Imagine Moscow exhibition. Three LP-WU3500 projectors use LED projection technology for floor, suspended screen and wall coverage. They have a brightness of 3000 Lumens and short throw distances. One LP-WU9750B, DLP (digital laser projector) uses laser technology for back projection, with a brightness of 8000 Lumens and throw exceeding 30m. This projector has a motorised lens to keep images in sharp focus, at all times. Hitach has developed HLD (High Lumen Density) technology to increase the green brightness of colour images relative to red and blue, giving a vibrant image quality and a WUXGA resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.
Finally, a CP-WU5550 projector, using LCD technology, provides projection onto a curved surface from over 15m, delivering 5200 Lumens and 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. All the projectors have at least two HDMI digital video inputs for convenience.
Eszter Steierhoffer added, “Reliability was extremely important to us, as the exhibition is open every day. The LED and DLP projectors provide a 5 year warranty and the LCD projector provides 3 years. Some of the projectors are inaccessible, but WiFi and network connections give remote access for setup and control, which is ideal for our exhibition location.”
Hitachi is pleased to be contributing towards the Design Museum becoming a top 10 London attraction.