ISSUE 27  |  New Americana

10 Easy Pieces: Table and Desk Fans

July 08, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

If you’ve ever worked out of a cubicle or a tiny home office, you understand the value of quality air flow, especially at the height of summer. We size up a group of table and desk fans–some with a retro appeal and others more modern.

Retro-Inspired Fans

Above: The Allaire Desk Fan from Restoration Hardware comes in two sizes and three finishes (brushed nickel, silver sage, black); prices start at $129. For more desktop ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Task Desk Lamps.

Above: The retro-inspired, handmade Bianca Directional Ceiling Fan from Matthews Fan Company is a ceiling-mounted option; it’s available in 10 finishes, including brushed nickel and bronze; $784 at Lumens. For more ceiling fan ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Ceiling Lamps.

Above: The Retro Table Top Fan by Minka Air is made of solid steel and has three speeds; $56.02 at Amazon.

Above: The Charly Little Fan from Swizz Style is $130 at Williams-Sonoma.

Above: The Deco Breeze Round Retro Table Fan is encased in a stainless steel shell and measures about 12.5 inches tall; $60 at ATG Stores.

Above: The Hunter Century 12-Inch Portable Table Fan in brushed nickel is $77.95 from Hunter Air.

Mod Table Fans

Above: The whisper-quiet Otto Fan from Swizz Style is made of oiled African sapele wood and high-grade steel; $199 at Amazon. In the Remodelista book, it’s featured in the Remodelista 100, our collection of favorite everyday objects.


Above: The 10-inch-tall Soleus Air Soft Blade Table Fan has safe-to-touch gray blades and is also notably quiet; $25 from Linens ‘n Things.

Above: The USB Desk Fan from Muji has two separate sets of blades for maximum air circulation; $29.50.

Go to our Appliance posts for more suggestions, including the Dyson Hot + Cool Heater/Fan and Gardenista’s selection of Patio Heaters.

Upgrading your kitchen? See How to Choose Your Refrigerator and How to Select a Dishwasher.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 21, 2010.