vintage vornado: here's why i'm a fan

Apartment Therapy is thinking ahead with this post about colorful Deco Table Fans from The Company Store. But some commenters worried about the “cheesy” colors and wondered if metal fans rattle. May I suggest, instead, one of the heavy duty vintage-style fans from Vornado? I absolutely love the look of the Vintage Vornado Fan, a reproduction of their original 1950s design and quite versatile — you can aim it straight up at the ceiling. And I’ve had a Silver Swan fan for years — it’s beautiful, quiet, and has a nice substantial feel. Are they cheap? Not exactly — purchasing a fan from their site will cost you about $130, though you may find them for less at large retailers like Dillard’s or in big box stores. But in ten years, I haven’t had a single issue with my Swan, and four of those years included hot “summers” that ran from April through September in an un-airconditioned house. –Mary T.

P.S. If you’re into a more modern look, I think the Premium Series is pretty nifty, too.

From our partners

I’ve had the one on the right for about 9 years – a great fan. SO heavy though – don’t drop it on your foot! :)


FYI, there are pink, blue, and chrome vintage-style fans on sale at the PB teen website ( They don’t look as substantial as the Vornado models, however.

so super cool! i LOVE your blog. i work at domino mag and have just started my own design blog, i linked to your site, and would be forever indebted to you if you did the same for mine! in the meantime, keep up the awesome work and cheers!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea

I love the Vornado pictured above – but can only find it in charcoal on their site – any ideas where to find that great blue?