Hollywood Costume, Victoria & Albert Museum, October 2012
"It would be difficult to imagine a more creative, productive and co-operative working relationship than that which 'Cabinet War Rooms' established with its designers, Casson Mann, in putting together the Churchill Museum. The ready access we were given to their advice and their frequent presence on site, accompanied by their unique ability to understand, interpret and translate into imaginative design solutions our most vague and notional of ideas and needs produced a museum which, rightly, receives constant professional credit and excited public approval over four years after its opening. A project which had to be completed against the clock and against background of desperate fund raising, was made all the easier by their professionalism, responsive approach and flexibility. I have nothing but genuine praise for the company, its partners and its staff."
Phil REED, Director of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Casson Mann are a team of designers dedicated to the delivery of innovative projects for our clients.
We create teams to ensure that work of the highest calibre is delivered on time and on budget. Our considerable experience, spread over 27 years in different design sectors, has taught us how to prioritise, analyze, create and communicate. We work hard to ensure that our clients are able to see their aspirations take shape smoothly and efficiently, and that our visitors, unaware of the effort put in their behalf, enjoy themselves.
We offer creative responses to all types of projects and are sufficiently flexible to be able to design galleries, whole museums, temporary and travelling exhibitions, master planning and interpretative strategies. In addition to museums and exhibitions, we have designed offices, listed building refurbishments, cafes, restaurants and hotels. We frequently head up large teams, always mindful of our responsibility to maintain quality and adhesion to the vision.
We have worked with most of the major national museums in the UK and have created some benchmark galleries including the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Wing Galleries at the Science Museum and the Churchill Museum at the Imperial War Museum, all in London.
In addition, we have built projects in Moscow, Italy, New York and the UAE, with overseas work continuing in Philadelphia, Bologna, Bordeaux and Central Asia.
We have won many awards for our work – the Churchill Museum alone won 6 – and we are pleased that, in addition to those for design excellence, we have also won awards from the Museum industry and from consumer groups.
Founded in 1984, we currently employ 14 experienced designers and are supported by 2 administrative staff.
In 2006 Dinah Casson and Roger Mann were both elected as Royal Designers for Industry in recognition of 20 years ‘sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’.
Dinah Casson RDI, FRCA, FCSD
Roger Mann RDI, BA