Ron Rezek's Ball Fan (2003) takes a clean, minimal approach to ceiling fan design, with all its components house in a simple sphere. Using a patented single-piece rotor with attached blades, wobbling is diminished on all three of the fan's speeds (80/120/210rpm). The four plywood blades and 120V motor move 6,000 cubic feet of air per minute at the highest speed. A reverse switch keeps warm air circulating during cooler months and the fan is controlled with either a wall-mounted unit or optional remote (sold separately). Three stem attachments (3"/6"/16") provide options for various ceiling heights. The Ball Fan has received the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating for energy efficiency. Energy Star-qualified fans meet strict guidelines set by the EPA and Department of Energy, and are, on average, 50% more efficient than standard models.
If all design practitioners were as ambitious as Ron Rezek, the innovation, quality and function present in daily life would increase by leaps and bounds. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Rezek spent his early career teaching in the school's art and architecture departments, as well as at Art Center and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In addition to his professorate, Rezek has been designing products for various markets for nearly 40 years, including a lifeguard rescue float in 1969, used around the world, and seen weekly on Baywatch. After working for architects Deborah Sussman and Frank Gehry, Rezek started Ron Rezek Lighting in 1978 with the goal to help modernize the decorative lighting industry. Co-owned with Artemide, Ron Rezek Lighting produces state-of-the-art lighting that reflects the designer's philosophy of "simplicity in form and economy in production." Rezek was also responsible in 1990 for opening the first Highlights showroom, which is now a national retail "gallery of lights featuring the best modern designs." Read more >