Anne Hathaway wasn’t exaggerating when she told The Observer that New York summers can be a lot like “living inside of a mouth.” While the image isn’t the most appetizing, it is most certainly apt. New York City, despite all of its charm, has a tendency of becoming unbearably hot and humid during the summer. With May upon us, it is just about that time when we all begrudgingly reach into our closets and dust off the plastic fans and putty-colored AC units that have been in hiding for the last few months, necessary evils when the temperature starts veering dangerously close to the triple digits.
While fans may indeed be a requirement this time of year, they need not be the eye sores they typically are. If you’re interested in keeping cool in style this summer, skip the drug store aisle and go for one of these chic options. They’re so beautiful, you might just want to leave them out all year!
The Charlie Fan from Stadler Form is a classic, no-frills design with an all-metal construction.
Charlie Fan Little
The desk-sized counterpart to the standard “Charlie Fan,” this model packs the same punch at a smaller scale.
Stadler Form’s Q Fan is a beautiful melding of form and function, just as much a piece of sculpture as it is a useful object.
Allaire Telescoping Fan
Restoration Hardware’s Allaire fan combines top-notch construction and durability with a timeless industrial look.
This sleek black construction from Big Ass Fans sure beats the run-of-the-mill ceiling fan.
With a retro-style form and wooden legs, The Arden fan from Fanimation will be right at home in the living room.
With a stylish throwback look and cutting-edge “vortex” technology, this fan from Vornado combines good looks and great design.
The Artemis ceiling fan from Minka Aire features a maple finish and a central light with etched opal glass.
Dyson Air Multiplier AM06
For those going for an ultra-futuristic look, try out this hyper-modern fan design from Dyson.