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). The 12-inch fan is currently on sale for $60. For more desktop ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Task Desk Lamps. Above: The Vornado V-Fan Chrome Table Fan, shown in Vintage White, is $79 at Rejuvenation. Above: The Retro Table Top Fan by Minka Air is made of solid steel and has three speeds; $52.59 on Amazon. Above: Fanimation Fans Urbanjet Fan in white is $152.98 at Lumens. Above: The Charly Little Fan from Swizz Style/Stadler Form is $149.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Above: The Deco Breeze Round Retro Table Fan is encased in a stainless steel shell and measures about 12.5 inches tall; $51.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Above: The Hunter Century 12-Inch Portable Table Fan in brushed nickel is $64.85 on Amazon.
Modern Table Fans Above: The whisper-quiet Otto Fan from Swizz Style is made of oiled African sapele wood and high-grade steel; $173.99 at Amazon. In the , it’s featured in the Remodelista 100, our collection of favorite everyday objects. Remodelista book 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. Above: The Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan in White is $299.99 at Amazon.
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Appliance posts for more suggestions, including the Dyson Hot & Cool Heater/Fan and Gardenista’s selection of Patio Heaters.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 21, 2010.