NMI Wonder Cabinet

2019 Selection

Designed by Naoise Ó Conchubhair, Eoin Cummins and Tito Long at Detail. Design Studio

Architects: AP+E

Cabinet Maker: Acrewood

Curator: Siobhán Pierce

Coordinator: Geraldine Breen

Photography: Matthew Thompson

Motion Graphics: Pierce Cunnane

Categories: Environmental

Industry: Cultural

Inspired by the ‘cabinets of curiosity’ which paved the way for the Victorian craze for museums, the Wonder Cabinet is a new interactive exhibition space, which allows visitors to interact more directly with this specially curated collection from the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square. The cabinet was designed by AP+E Architects and built by Chris White of Acrewood.

Derived from the theme ‘Predator & Prey’ we created an identity centred on a custom logotype supported by a graphic system of geometric teeth unique to each specimen and a set of bespoke illustrations and colour ways. In developing the identity and wayfinding system for the cabinet we worked closely with the museum and the architects to craft a design that is sympathetic to the historic surroundings, using sustainably sourced materials and adhering to strict accessibility, safety and planning guidelines.