The Half & Half Suspension Lamp Plays to Both Day + Night


All objects react differently to day and night, whether simply by perception or light and shadow. The Half & Half suspension lamp, designed by Alain Gilles for HIND RABII, explores the difference when applied to a luminous object. Gilles’ goal was to make the lighting come alive both when switched on and off.

Mimicking day and night, Half & Half is comprised of two parts. The lower portion, an opal glass half-bulb, plays day to the upper ceramic part’s night. The contrast between the two materials, as well as the shapes, creates the desired duality. The mouth-blown glass is warm and reassuring, while the handmade ceramic comes across as almost brutalist in design. Through these juxtapositions, Gilles creates an object that is simple yet original.

The Half&Half suspension lamp is available in two sizes. They can be used individually or grouped together to create a modern chandelier.

detail of white and rust colored pendant lights hanging from the ceiling in a styled dining space

white and rust colored pendant light hanging from the ceiling in a white space

white pendant lighting hanging in a white space

pendant lighting hanging in a styled interior space with archway and armchair

black pendant lights hanging from the ceiling in a white space

detail of white and rust colored pendant lights hanging from the ceiling in a white space

detail of white and rust colored pendant lights hanging from the ceiling in a white space

white and rust colored pendant light hanging from the ceiling in a white space

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white and black pendant lighting hanging in a warehouse space with light-skinned man in black standing behind them

Photo: Fiile Roelants Photography

To learn more about the Half & Half lighting collection, visit hindrabii.eu.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.



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