It's August, and here in New York it's hot, hot, hot. From what we've read, fans are more energy-efficient than AC units.* The New York Times recently went shopping for portable fans with Ron Rezek, founder and owner of the Modern Fan Company in Ashland. As Rezek says, "Portable fans are the ugly ducklings of the fan industry. Not many designers, including myself, have tackled them." So what did they find? Some pretty cool looking fans, in our opinion...
The Otto Fan (shown above the jump): By Carlo Borer, $199 at Swizz Style. "If you want something you can have standing in the corner of your apartment half the year, this is a handsome object," [Rezek] said. "It's not encumbered with lots of details."
Zippi fan with cloth blades, $19.99 at Vornado.
Deco Breeze Boom Arm Table Fan, $59.99 at Amazon
Propello Desktop Fan with Rubber Blades by Dan Black and Martin Blum, $139.80 at Black + Blum
See the rest of Mr. Rezek's list and read the article at The New York Times.
*See Umbra on Fans vs. AC