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For over 20 years, Hind Rabii has been producing collections that exhibit a clear expression of the designer’s established philosophy. The point of view combines the pure lines of Scandinavian design with inspiration born in her Moroccan roots. In her designs, the colors of the Mediterranean come together with Nordic design to create collections with unrivalled refinement, embellished with a touch of enchanting imagination that brings the pared-down profiles their personality.
Rabii was born in 1973 in Morocco, and lived there until she moved to Belgium where she studied industrial engineering. The designer has always exhibited a great passion for fashion and art, both of which inform her creations. Quoting Kahlil Gibran, she says, “Love is a word of light written by a hand of light upon a page of light.” Setting out to emulate this heartfelt spirit, she created her eponymous company in 1997 with her husband Michael Orban.
She brings her interest in architecture to the lighting she creates, producing products that are both decorative and clean-lined, a challenging paradox to achieve. Explaining her dedication to creating unusual products, she says, “We expect lights to shed light, to shine, to create shadows. To do this, the poetry of materials plays an emotional card.” The company’s products have a dynamic presence in the best lighting and interior design showrooms in the world.
A fascination with pure, clean lines is evident in her work, as is a love of fine materials that include metal treated to luminous finishes; glass from Murano where the molten material has been blown for generations; and ceramic, her latest passion, sourced from the Venice region. It is how this designer treats these materials that sets her apart, the sculptural sophistication they exude appealing to architects in particular.