How does this fan prioritize safety, aesthetics, and innovation while departing from conventional appliance norms?
Fanola, a visionary creation in the realm of fans, emerged as a commercial alternative for the renowned French brand Lexon through the German distributor, Young Generation. Conceptualized by Luis Angarita a master of industrial design and a key figure at CD&I Associates, this design embarked on a three-dimensional exploration of the conventional fan propeller.
The essence of Fanola transcends mere functionality; it embodies a sculptural masterpiece within households, akin to gentle waves evoked by the rotation of its vertical propeller, even when at rest. The sleek, stylized design is a fusion of art, style, technology and innovation. Its sinuous curves, achieved through a three-dimensional twist along a vertical axis, craft an immersive interaction with air.
The propeller's 180-degree rotation generates a unique airflow pattern resembling an inverted cone, harmoniously refreshing the environment. Safety is paramount in this elegant design. The propeller, when perpendicular to the hand, avoids any injury upon contact. Furthermore, if the hand aligns parallel to the axis, the propeller gently envelops it without causing harm.
Elegance and innovation blend seamlessly, prioritizing safety and aesthetics with intuitive touch control and a unique airflow pattern
Breaking free from the conventional "appliance" paradigm, Fanola features a seamlessly circular base devoid of protruding buttons or speed regulators. Instead, its operation is ingeniously controlled by gentle taps on the base, avoiding clutter and enhancing aesthetics. A single tap sets it to the first speed, two continuous taps to the intermediate speed, three continuous taps to the maximum speed, and two rhythmic taps turn it off.
Fanola offers versatility in placement, be it ceiling, wall, or flat surfaces , and provides customizable airflow directions through three propeller inclinations relative to the vertical axis.
In terms of production, strategic material choices and processes were envisioned. The propeller's suggested construction material is molded polypropylene, achieved through injection molding. The base, a central element, comprises two laser-cut stainless steel sheets, the lower sheet serving as the chassis for electromechanical components, and the upper sheet acting as the touch-sensitive sensory unit, enhancing user experience.