I’m a huge fan of desk fans, floor fans and ceiling fans for as long as I can remember. I don’t know exactly why but I guess it has to do with design. Ceiling fans can be interesting to look at, but the ones I’m talking about are the ones with a protective cage or fan guard. And the older the better. Looking at those vintage fans takes one back in time. The cages made out of metal rods often are a design by itself. To see what I mean, just look at the Vintage Fan Lamp collection by Dan Cordero.
Some people may argue that such a fine piece of vintage design shouldn’t be messed with. But I think upcycling it into a desk lamp gives the vintage fan so much more attention. And attention it deserves because of its beautiful design. Another great example of what to do with just the fan’s cage is shown by Fantasized with their Lamp Fan. A totally different but well executed upcycle design piece.
Fan lamp like a Thunderbirds rocket
And now on to my latest discovery in the ‘world of fans’. Some time ago I visited the website of one of my most favorite upcycle designers, Rodney Allen Trice. Founder of T.O.M.T.™ in 1994 and based in Brooklyn | New York. In his product gallery I spotted the Dual Fan Lamps, two new products also made out of fans. In this case actually a double ceiling fan.
After finding this fantastic vintage ceiling fan, Rodney decided to upcycle them into two very stylish table/desk lamps. He added to each lamp three small wooden legs, made out of futon sofa boards. In my opinion the shape of the legs adds to the Thunderbirds rocket-like design of the lamp. Which is what I like about this beautiful and friendly shaped lamp. The design takes one back into the end fifties – begin sixties. A period I really like with almost forgotten design.
Rodney Allen Trice:
“The key to saving these forgotten objects is just keeping our eyes open and being open and ready to spot what we like to call ‘objects of desire’ – old appliances, tires, whatever!”
T.O.M.T.™ is dedicated to object recovery and reassignment on ‘God’s Green Earth’. “That’s why we’re here, and as we grow, it continues to be an interesting journey! Though recycling seems to be the obvious mission, we prefer the term ‘refitting‘. Our process is more ‘object career counseling’ than waste-handling. Simplicity is paramount, and integrity to both mid-century modern aesthetics and the original object’s first identity a must.”
On the website of T.O.M.T.™ it says that his awareness of our need to conserve the Earth’s resources has grown significantly since he started. As has his concern for a future where no one will be insulated from the need to make the most of the objects around us.
“I believe we all must do our part, think beyond just separating plastic, paper, glass,” says Rodney. “We must teach ourselves and learn as habit to see more than just a ‘rain shield’ in an umbrella, a ‘dust collector’ in a vacuum and a ‘shoe for our car’ in an old tire. When we do that, the Earth will become a safer place for the children of the 21st century and, from my experience, A LOT MORE FUN, TOO! Refitting the planet for today, tomorrow and all the days to come!”