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Vornado Vintage Fan: Beautiful and effective

Updated on August 21, 2015

Wonderfully efficient fan with fabulous retro looks

There were two considerations we had taken into account when we selected this fan. We don't use air conditioning and so it was important that any fan we bought was effective. We live in Florida and believe me, it can get warm.

But an even more important consideration was the design. We're both designers so we're quite snooty when it comes to buying products with wonderful looks. (I have been known to buy grocery products purely because I love the packaging.)

This looked perfect due to its wonderful 1940s look. Our apartment building dates from 1949 and we both love Mid Century Modern design -I knew that this would look fabulous with our Eames, Bertoia and George Nelson pieces. Like them, it's a design icon.

The fact that it works so wonderfully is a bonus. The fan is really an objet d'art and yet it's entirely functional too. Perfect.

We bought it to replace a genuine vintage fans we bought years ago at a consignment store. It recently stopped working altogether and wasn't fixable.,hence our wonderful new purchase. This is the exact same fan that was first made in 1945 but it's not exactly a reproduction.

You see, today these fans are made by the same company that made them originally. That was another factor that strongly swayed our decision. Our Eames side chair, the Bertoia diamond chairs and the George Nelson bench are reproduction - we'd have to win the lottery to get the originals. But this fan is original - sort of. (This could start a debate about what exactly the definition of reproduction furniture is!)

The company refers to these as 'air circulators' and not 'fans'.It's easy to see why once you start using it. The video below explains it well - don't miss it.

We got the red - the one you see in the photograph above - but it's also available in that wonderful green / aqua colour that was so popular in the middle of the last century.

What I find so interesting about this fan is that it's highly likely that the original owners of our 1949 home actually owned one of these. That's a wonderful thought.


Here are some of the Mid-Century Modern classic items we have in our home.They are true design icons. Are they the antiques of the future?

AEON Richmond  Plywood Dining  Chair, White Oak Finish
AEON Richmond Plywood Dining Chair, White Oak Finish

This is the Eames chair we have in our Mid Century Modern home. This is truly a design classic.There's something about owning pieces of classic design - even if they are reproductions - because it's wonderful to live surrounded by style.It's been in daily use for about ten years now and is still as perfect as it was when it was brand new.

LeisureMod Mid-Century Lynwood Platform Bench - 4 Feet (Natural Wood)
LeisureMod Mid-Century Lynwood Platform Bench - 4 Feet (Natural Wood)

If I had a huge house I'd have half a dozen of these. I love the look of this bench and it's so adaptable for so many uses.We use ours to hold the TV and it looks stunning. We bought this at much the same time as the Eames chair and yet this too is as good as new.


The Bertoia chair is a particular favourite of mine. I love my replica Mid Century Modern furniture but the Bertoia, which was designed a little later than the two items above,remains a firm favourite.

Designer Modern Bertoia Style Wire Side Chair in White Cushion Set of 2
Designer Modern Bertoia Style Wire Side Chair in White Cushion Set of 2

We have two of these and I feel that it's almost like having sculptures in the house. They are so simple and so beautiful.They are perfect for small spaces (our apartment is tiny) because they seem to be made of air.When the sunlight hits them, they are kinetic sculptures. They are beautiful design objects.


Must-see video

If you're in the market for the absolutely best fan then I'd really suggest that you watch the video below.It explains just why the technology of these fans is truly superior to any other.

What's interesting is that fans fell out of favour when air conditioning became available for the home and yet today, many people are like us and realise that the use of fans instead is much better for the environment and for the bank balance.


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© 2014 Jackie Jackson


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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      The colour is wonderful, isn't it?

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love the color! I have a boring old grey one. Perhaps it's time to exchange it in for this one. ;)

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful product, very interesting history.

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks great!

    • MelanieKaren profile image

      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is one great looking fan! Who knew fans could look good. Nice review


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