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Azure Magazine November December 2022 Cover: The Residential Interiors Issue

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Half & Half Suspension Lamp by Alain Gilles for Hind Rabii

Recognizing that a single object can be perceived differently during the day than at night, Belgian designer Alain Gilles developed his Half & Half suspension lamp as two separate but unified parts, giving each its own moment to come alive. 

Half & Half Suspension Lamp by Alain Gilles for Hind Rabii
Half & Half Suspension Lamp by Alain Gilles for Hind Rabii

An oval sphere split across its middle, Half & Half’s upper portion is made from ceramic hand-sculpted into a three-dimensional cross shape reminiscent of brutalist architecture. Throughout the day, its high-gloss finish reflects natural light, creating an opportunity for shadows to play across the surface as the sun shifts and eventually sets.

Half & Half Suspension Lamp by Alain Gilles for Hind Rabii

Then, when it’s time to turn the light on, the bottom half takes centre stage — the pleasing shape of the mouth-blown opal glass half-bulb is enhanced by the warm ambient glow it emits. The two contrasting materials share an appealing simplicity that contributes to the overall effect and purpose.  

Half & Half Suspension Lamp by Alain Gilles for Hind Rabii

The lamp can be hung individually to make a subdued yet beautiful statement or in multiples arranged at different heights in a cloud as a modern chandelier. The Half & Half Suspension Lamp is available in two sizes and four colourways — Caviar, Green, Smooth (white) and Toscan.

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