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Best Fan Shops In Phoenix
August, 2011, Page 74
Manufactured by Fanimation, the
wall fan features wide oval blades made of natural palm leaves. The fan is customizable, expanding up to 24 feet ($1,659). Available at
Gallery of Fans and Lighting
: 3184 N. Colorado St., Chandler, 480-962-0477,
From fancy to funky, fans today have come a long way.
Two-speed industrial box fans – the kind your third-grade teacher cranked to high speed to drown classroom noise in the 1970s – are so, well, 1970s. Fans today are as much about form as they are about function. “You’re adding an extra piece to the style and décor of your home versus just adding something that’s going to move air and blow on you,” says Angela Sweeney, owner of Gallery of Fans and Lighting in Chandler.
From funky tabletop frog fans to chunky chandeliers with built-in blades, fans today range from fancy to fun. Here are a few trends on the minds of local retailers:
• A heavy, curvy Tuscan look is out. “People have done the scrolly thing for so long, they’re going to cleaner lines,” Sweeney says. This goes for fans, which have been “taken over,” she adds, with contemporary and transitional styles.
• DC, or “direct current,” motors can fan the flames of your eco-smart sensibilities. “They run on one-third of even the Energy Star-rated products. Fans with DC motors provide extreme green energy savings,” says Tammy Kime, president of Cappadonna’s Lighting in Tempe.
• While oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel still have their place, white and off-white are enjoying a resurgence. “Finishes, or colors, are leaning to lighter tones –?even white –?which fits with the smaller square homes we are finding,” Kime says. “People don’t want all that darkness up on the ceiling.”
This fan boasts a DC motor, sleek design and an energy-efficient fluorescent light fixture. Aerodynamic blades move up to 40 percent more air than standard blades ($449). Cappadonna’s: 5030 S. Mill Ave., Ste. D14, Tempe, 480-820-7192,
This architectural gem comes with 48 resin candles of varying heights and colors arranged on an oil-rubbed bronze ring that houses a three-blade fan. Nice for a great room or lodge ($6,800). Manufactured by Casablanca. On display at Hinkley’s Lighting: 4620 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-279-6267,
With blades so unique they’re called “vanes,” the Artemis by Minka-Aire wields a contemporary charisma. Hinkley’s Lighting has the fan in nine finishes, including sassy red ($529.95).
This antique copper fan with antique copper blades adds class and nostalgia to the home ($302). Valley Light Gallery: 7125 E. Mercer Lane, Scottsdale, 480-948-5030,
Timeless and versatile, the Old Havana pulls triple duty as a wall-mounted, pedestal or tabletop fan ($635). Mesa Lighting and Fan: 418 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, 480-892-8700.
Frog Figurine Fan
Add a bit of breezy décor with this cute look-at-me fan called simply “Frog” ($79.95). Manufactured by Deco Breeze. Available at Gallery of Fans and Lighting: 3184 N. Colorado St., Chandler, 480-962-0477,
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