Type(s) of establishment
Type Permanent exhibition
Collection Leathers, feathers and beads
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., USA
"Americans" is an exhibition that sheds light on the nature of the American people’s and American Indians’ relationship.
Opened in January 2018, the exhibition "Americans" features nearly 300 objects, some of which are presented in these astonishing frameless display cases.
The Frameless Series has proudly earned us first place at the 2018 “Red Dot Design Award”, a renown international design competition hosted annually in Germany.
The intent called for a variety of all-glass large freestanding display cases with no top structure, but with easy access for maintenance. The museum intended to use ceiling lighting.
The sensitive organic artifacts required a very specific and critical air exchange rate with a passive humidity control.
All materials used in the fabrication of the cases needed to be non-off-gassing and conservation-approved.
Our frameless freestanding display case design was the ideal solution for this project. They used full-size access doors and are completely frameless at the top.
The frameless frosted top provides a wonderful diffused lighting effect and limits unwishful cast shadows.
The taller unit in the project measured 9ft. tall by 4ft. wide. Longer units integrated sliding display surfaces for optimal ease-of-maintenance.
The exchange performance on our frameless cases is amongst the best on the market. Every component has been Oddy-tested and approved by the NMAI Conservation Team. The cooperation with the museum to reach the targeted microclimate requirements was essential.