London’s Islington Green is one of the capital’s smartest areas, surrounded by restaurants, bars, design shops and a particularly grand branch of the bookshop Waterstones, set in what was once the Collins Music Hall, a Victorian performance space opened in 1863. The venue seated up to 1,000 people before it was gutted in a fire in 1958. A relic of the music hall still exists, 22m below ground. In 2002, developers planned to relaunch the space as a theatre, but the project was abandoned following a legal dispute and the venue has been closed to the public for the past decade.
That will soon change. As part of this year’s London Design Festival, photographer Dan Tobin Smith, creative studio The Experience Machine and Gemfields, one of the world’s leading suppliers of coloured gemstones, will repurpose the venue with Void, an immersive animation of gemstone inclusions.
We are used to seeing gemstones encased in expensive wedding rings, or high up on billboards, or dripping from the necks of movie stars. It’s sometimes easy to forget just how fascinating these ancient natural phenomena are. ‘It’s the imperfections that make these gems so unique,’ says Tobin Smith. In the world of gemstones, an inclusion refers to the unknown elements that, millions of years ago, became buried and trapped inside the mineral as it hardened and formed; shards of crystal, bubbles of unknown liquid or gas, tiny fractures caused by radioactive material.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Michele De Lucchi and Stellar Works float a multi-layered and uplifting take on the sofa
Designing a new landscape in the world of beauty packaging
In the pink
A healthy dose of collaboration helps a hospital extension in rural Senegal get into shape
OFF THE CHARTS
Mark Bradford’s latest exhibition for Hauser & Wirth Menorca maps out new artistic territories
Adventure awaits with Zenith’s dialled-up ‘Defy Extreme’
French swimwear brand Vilebrequin celebrates 50 years of bold strokes
Clay of the land
A new brand unearths the creative potential of soil from Japan’s Mino region
Don’t lose sight of the things you love with Vodafone’s new Smart tracker
Pair tunic dresses with trousers for an all-round winning look
A new show reflects on the cultural connections of a forgotten Saarinen masterpiece