Posted: 25 Mar, 2020

Focus Consultants has continued its role as one of the leading consultants in the museum exhibition sector with key appointments at the V&A London and its sister museum in Dundee.

Focus was the lead consultant on Cars: Accelerating the Modern World and Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which are both currently running at the V&A South Kensington in London.

We also carried out a similar role for the V&A Dundee’s successful Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine which has recently finished, and which featured the iconic R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.

The Focus London team are now also working with V&A Dundee on some of its upcoming exhibitions, including Mary Quant, which is due to open soon, and Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, which is developed by Vitra Design Museum in Germany and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, and launches in October.

Focus has undertaken a range of roles on the projects including project management, quantity surveyor and contract administrator, working collaboratively with the client team, designers and contractors.

“It’s fascinating to work on such a wide range of exhibitions at these two amazing museums,” said Focus partner Eleanor Clarke. “As a company, Focus is proud to be involved in these high-profile and exciting exhibitions which cover such interesting and varied topics.”

Hello, Robot was originally from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and was adapted for V&A Dundee. It looked at the relationship between humans and machines, and through a series of probing questions studied the ‘science and fiction of robots’. The exhibition at V&A Dundee was designed by De Pass Montgomery, who created a beautiful design that evokes a world fair of robotic technology. Workhaus Projects was the fit-out contractor, whose building expertise helped deliver a quality exhibition.

Cars explores the role of the automobile in shaping the world we live in today. The exhibition is in the new wing of the V&A and includes an impressive array of cars and other fascinating objects. Some highlights include the concept car based on fast jet technology called ‘Firebird I’, a customised 1962 Chevrolet Impala and ‘Graham’, a sculptor created to demonstrate how humans would have to evolve to be able to survive a serious car crash.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk studies the Kimono as a dynamic garment, revealing its social and aesthetic significance, while Mary Quant focuses on the iconic fashion revolutionary. Night Fever: Designing Club Culture explores the relationship between club culture and design.

Focus divides its services into three sections – create, deliver and assess. It offers funding, business planning and economic development under the create banner, and quantity surveying, project management and building surveying as part of its deliver department. The firm’s assess services focus on sustainable buildings, building physics, compliance and planning, and on-site testing.

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