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Casson Mann's exhibition Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War opens at Somerset House today

Casson Mann was commissioned to create a gallery befitting Spencer’s most poignant WWI paintings and his own hopes for exhibiting in London. The result is a powerful contemplative experience, inspired by Spencer’s own vision for a gallery space and the spiritual and profound peaceful atmosphere in the Chapel at Burghclere.

Visit the exhibition at Somerset House until 26 Juanuary 2014.


Navy, Nation and Nelson opens at the National Maritime Museum, London

Our latest project, a major new permanent gallery ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’ opened at the National Maritime Museum on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 2013.

The 400 m2 exhibition space, situated on the second floor of the museum, takes visitors on an object-rich journey through dramatically different narrative environments that weave together the three thematic strands using lighting, sounds, displays and projections to stimulate the senses, encourage discovery and create connections between events on land, on sea and below deck.


Casson Mann‘s latest project, the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia opens to visitors

After two years of renovation, the museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin reopens below historic Franklin Court in Philadelphia, U.S.A, and the underground venue now features a completely new exhibition experience by Casson Mann.

With a remit to teach visitors about the legacy of one of the great men of the 18th Century, Casson Mann was commissioned to work closely with consultant curators Remer & Talbott to create a completely new interpretive and interactive exhibition experience that will inform, engage and inspire the next generation of visitors, in particular the school groups that visit in large numbers from neighbouring states.


Hollywood Costume wins an ADC Bronze Award

We are very pleased that Hollywood Costume was recognised at the 92nd Annual Art Directors Club Awards, winning a bronze cube.

International juries of world-renowned creative directors, art directors, photographers, illustrators, designers, and copywriters selected the winning work.

The ADC website outlines the difficult goal of the judges: ‘to choose the most compelling, moving work from the past year – work our judges wish they had thought of – work that celebrates excellence in craft.’

To view the full list of winners, see the website


Casson Mann's stunning Treasures Gallery opens at the Natural History Museum

Opening to the public on 30 November, the Treasures Gallery offers a modern interpretation of the traditional cabinet of curiosities, showcasing the Museum’s most important objects.

Situated at the very heart of the Natural History Museum, at the head of the Central Hall’s north staircase, the new permanent Treasures gallery is a celebration of the Museum’s great collection and showcases 22 of the Museum’s 70 million significant specimens, highlighting their scientific value and historical, social and cultural worth.

The Gallery was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge at an official ceremony yesterday. Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon says, ‘The opening of Treasures represents an exciting future for the Natural History Museum. By inviting the world to explore the highlights of our world famous collection in this permanent gallery, many generations of visitors will capture their own unique insight into our natural world.’


Casson Mann are delighted to announce that they are part of the winning team selected to design the new international center of parietal art

It was announced yesterday that Casson Mann were appointed, as part of a team of architects and designers, to design a visitor centre known as ‘Lascaux IV’ at the site of the famous prehistoric cave art in the Aquitaine region of France.

Casson Mann, along with Norwegian architects Snohetta and Bordeaux-based architect Duncan Lewis, were initially selected as one of four teams short-listed from a total of 88 international applications. Yesterday the jury, composed of representatives of the Region, the General Council of Dordogne, and the State, appointed the Casson Mann team over a Spanish team lead by architects José Luis Mateo, Germans Auer and Weber, and famous French architect Jean Nouvel.

Our submission won the competition because of its “seamless integration into the landscape and the quality of its scenography” explained the jurors after three hours of discussion. Speaking about Casson Mann’s winning design, Jury member Bernard Cazeau, Président du Conseil Général de la Dordogne, said: “ from the point of view of the scenography – which was, in our eyes an essential factor – it’s the most successful project.”

The budget for the project is an estimated €50 million, and it is scheduled to open in 2015.


Casson Mann has a new blog site showcasing our latest environmental and exhibition design news

Read the latest here


Hollywood Costume exhibition opens to the public

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, designed by Casson Mann, opens to the public this week.

With over 130 iconic costumes representing a century of Hollywood cinema, Casson Mann’s latest exhibition explores the central role of costume design in cinema storytelling.

Casson Mann “clinched the vision” and was appointed by the V&A to deliver the story of character development from the perspective of the costume designer and bring these remarkable costumes to life within the three galleries reserved for the exhibition.

“This is no ordinary exhibition” explains Roger Mann, “The costumes were never designed to be seen outside of the film they were created for and as working garments we have to be that much more playful, that much more magical with them, much more engaging – to help them come alive.” In realising the brief, Casson Mann uses media, film, music and lighting to great dramatic effect “to bring out a fuller range of emotions such as you get when you go to see a movie.”

“Our design sought to deliver a memorable ‘behind the scenes’ film experience”, says Gary Shelley, Associate “Matt black stage environments, studio lighting, music and animations all lend a sense of drama and focus to the wealth of exquisite details about the realisation of each iconic screen character.“

The exhibition narrative was carefully structured to reflect the costume design process throughout the three galleries. The visitor journey begins with Act One: Deconstruction in which they are introduced to the role of costume designer, continues to Act Two: Dialogue in which they discover the collaborations between directors, costume designers and actors and ends in Act Three: The Finale, with a “massive celebration” of the best known characters of Hollywood film history.

Hollywood Costume is on at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London between 20 October 2012 and 27 January 2013.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) have announced that they will be hosting Hollywood Costume in Melbourne as of April 2013 and Casson Mann will be on board to creatively direct the exhibition as it is adapted for the venue.