The Decor Friendly Otto Wooden Fan

The Decor Friendly Otto Wooden Fan

Gregory Han
Jun 4, 2009

Spring is about to give away over to summer, and that means warmer temperatures and the temptation to turn on the air conditioner. Trying to be energy wise, we normally try to reply upon opening windows and circulating air through natural flow with the aid of some electric fans. But to frank, the fans are always put away as soon as possible because they're eyesores...useful, but unattractive appliances. For the last few weeks, we've been proudly keeping the fan out, thanks to a beautiful design. Discriminating, decor-minded shoppers looking for something nicer (a lot nicer) than your typical big box store electric fan solution might want to check out the Otto Wooden fan...

The Otto fan was designed by Swiss designer, Carlo Borer, and is constructed from bent African sapele, a large deciduous tropical tree native to Africawith some of the visual characteristics of mahogany. The bent sheet of sapele is shaped into the cylinder which houses a 3-speed fan, one that produces excellent air flow in our apartment and looks like it was designed specifically to compliment our Midcentury stereo cabinet.

Not really much to say except it does an excellent job at looking great, operating fairly quietly (especially at its lowest setting) and playing the part of a conversation starter (several guests immediately noted the "beautiful", "fancy" looking Otto on our floor). We're about to bid our short term guest adieu and send Otto back to whence it came, but you can get your own wood adorned fanning friend via Swizz Style. They offer both new and refurbed models which makes the purchase an option for something you'll probably keep for years instead of throw out curbside after a few seasons like most plastic fans.

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