Ceiling fan relief
Today's ceiling fans do more than cool. Whether they're made with sustainable materials or offer an array of high-tech features, there's one to enhance almost every decor. -- Lara Ewen
The FANAWAY RETRACTABLE BLADE CEILING FAN ($349) from Hunter Fans looks like a pendant light most of the time, but when the fan is turned on, four clear acrylic blades swing out to a 48-inch span. There's a low-energy fluorescent ring lighting in the center. Sold by special order at Lowe's Home Improvement stores. Info: hunterfan.com.
With carved blades and full-range dimming, the three-speed FAIRHAVEN ($99.88) from Hunter comes with a candelabra-based light kit, remote control and a three-inch downrod. Available at Home Depot stores and homedepot.com.
The retro-looking GUSTO fan from The Modern Fan Co. (starting at $480) comes in nickel plate or glass white, with or without a light kit, and as a standard ceiling fan unit or a flush-mounted "hugger" model. The fans come with either wall or remote controls, or can be customized with a wall and remote combination. Can be ordered at Suffolk Designer Lighting, 455 Country Rd., Southampton, 631-283-4800. Info: modernfan.com.
Fans from Woolen Mill are built to order and hand-assembled. THE OSTRICH (about $1,700) can be crafted from iron, bronze or powder-coated aluminum and features mahogany blades. The belt-and-pulley system that operates the motor is designed to be seen but can also be stored in a closet during use. Sold to the trade by calling 717-382-4754; visit architecturalfans.com.
Standard ceiling fans only spin their blades. The EXTRAORDINAIRE spins the entire fan, orbiting 360 degrees continuously. Starting at $319 from Fanimation, the fan can be mounted at up to a 50-degree slope to accommodate rooms with unusual ceilings, and its oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel finishes are damp-rated (pewter is not) so they can be outdoors under a covered porch. Info: fanimation.com.
The HAIKU BAMBOO FAN ($995) is currently the world's most energy-efficient residential ceiling fan, according to Energy Star standards. It features a silent motor and blades made from renewable and sustainable bamboo. The "Whoosh" setting modulates fan speed to mimic natural airflow. The 60-inch-wide fan comes with a remote. Info: 877-326-0590, haikufan.com.