When the summer swelter moves in, we rely on ceiling fans as our first line of defense. (And they're on in winter too, to keep the warm air circulating.) Here's a roundup of our current favorites in steel, wood, and white acrylic, several with built-in lights.
Above: The Industry Fan by the Modern Fan Company in galvanized steel; $360 from YLighting.
Above: The Lapa Ceiling Fan, designed by Ron Rezek, comes in three body finishes (shown here in galvanized steel) and four blade colors; $360 from YLighting.
Above: The Energy Star–approved Velo Ceiling Fan comes in nickel and white; $392 at DWR.
Above: The well-priced 48-Inch Ceiling Fan by Emerson is available in brushed steel and white, and starts at $159 from Lumens.
Above: Designed by Giulio Gianturco for Boffi, the Air Fan is available with varnished black and natural wood blades; to source in the US, contact Boffi in San Francisco.
Above: The Haiku Fan comes in several colors and lengths. The Haiku Bamboo 60, Standard Mount in Caramel, shown here, is $945 from Big Ass Fans.
Above: The Schoolhouse Ceiling Fan is available in three colors and two blade spans; $476 from Barn Light Electric.
Above: Made in Spain, the Stella Ceiling Fan in maple (shown) or mahogany has a 52-inch blade span; $476 from the Dwell Shop.
Above: The propeller-like Artemis Ceiling Fan comes in 10 finishes (maple is shown here) and has a dimmable halogen light; it starts at $549.49 from Lumens.
Above: The simple Pemba 3-Blade Ceiling Fan by Faro costs £192.70 ($296.70) via Amazon UK.
Above: The Ball Ceiling Fan comes in white or brushed aluminum; $316 at YLighting.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 27, 2015, as part of our On the Waterfront issue.