Studiodeck – The Favourite

January 31, 2019

Historic Royal Palaces is the charity which runs six of the most famous palaces in the UK.  They already use our Studiodeck system for conferences and performances.  So we were delighted when they contacted us again back in October looking for some more.

This time, however, the Studiodecks were going to be used in two exhibitions featuring costumes for the acclaimed film The Favourite.  Luke Holmes, HRP’s Interpretation Manager, was responsible for designing simultaneous displays at both Kensington and Hampton Court Palaces.  He needed plinths for more than 20 mannequins across the two venues.  They had to be practical yet aesthetically appropriate for the costumes and their historic surroundings.

The displays were not just in different palaces but the conditions were quite different too.  So Luke and our team spent time discussing practicalities like the plinth heights and finishes, fire-rating and lighting options.  And when unexpected last minute decisions meant the design had to respond, with our decades of experience serving the performing arts industry, we were able to be sympathetic.

“Stage Solutions were invaluable in specifying equipment for our costume displays at Historic Royal Palaces.  From commissioning to delivery their excellent customer service and flexibility helped make our project a reality” said Luke.

First delivery was to Kensington Palace…

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…and then to Hampton Court Palace, and the famous Cartoon Gallery which features in the film.

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The Studiodecks themselves are 1mx1m and all at 400mm high.  The finish is matt black on the ply tops and semi-gloss on the frames.  How did they go down with HRP?

Says Luke “The Studiodecks are a great solution to our needs and were easy to use and customise, even being adjustable for the Palaces’ uneven floors.”

These spectacular exhibitions have featured prominently on TV in recent weeks.  You may even have seen glimpses of them behind journalists giving their reviews of the displays.  As for the review of our Studiodecks – need one look further than The Favourite?