It got real hot here on the East Coast for a few days and now it's cool again, but it still got me thinking about ceiling fans. I've seen two in particular in the past few months that I really like. One is a metal fan that is really pared down and simple. Made by Westinghouse and sold mainly for industrial spaces, it's also cheap. The other is a more "designy" fan, made by Minka Aire. The Artemis has a unique bent blade design, and the really nice, warm appearance of bent wood. I recommend them both. Enjoy and stay cool...
The Westinghouse Industrial fan comes in white or nickel finish (very nice) and is "designed for large, open spaces with high ceilings." Super affordable - I found one at Amazon for $44 - the catch with this fan is that it can turn at higher speeds and has thin metal blades, so it's more "dangerous" than a residential fan and recommended for at least 10' above the ground. I didn't consider this a serious concern for most people, and it does come with a remote control that adjusts it to five speeds.
>> Westinghouse Industrial Ceiling Fan
The Artemis is a pricier ($500) but comes with a very fancy pedigree. Designed by Mark Gajewski of G Squared, it was the winner of the GOOD DESIGN award of the Chicago Athenaeum, it is made mainly of recycled materials, creates almost no noise due to the shape of the blades and is also "ecologically sound: the blades form the body so there is no waste."
The catch with this baby, aside from price, is that it's not actually made of wood. It is made of some kind of polymer or lucite and is treated to look like maple or mahogany. I was a little disappointed, but then I appreciated the sense of using recycled materials instead of cutting down trees.
>> Artemis Celing Fan by Minka Aire