Dallas Ceiling Fan Summary
August 13, 2009 - 1:42pm

Our August ceiling fan feature focuses on large, powerful fans that keep their cool in expansive spaces, but that was just one trend we spotted at June’s Dallas Market. For a glimpse of what else will be worth watching, we’ve summarized our notes from exhibitors’ showrooms in this exclusive cyber sidebar.


  • Outdoor fans that can stand up to the elements but complement indoor décor are very popular.
  • Fans to watch: Midway Eco fan (highly efficient); Carrera Grande (for large spaces); Carrera Bella (for smaller spaces); Carrera Veranda (outdoor); Zurich Luminair (with LED technology); St. Croix series (pictured)


  • New universal light kits with 13W GU24 lamping had acrylic lenses and domestically handmade silk drum shades in four textures and patterns
  • Fans to watch: Austonia (indoor/outdoor model with stone-textured side band and New Orleans style light kit), Antoinette (large-scale with crystal details) and Asheville (featuring brown tortoiseshell glass and smoked crystal accents, and independently dimmable uplight/downlight)


  • Soft-contemporary/transitional look remains popular
  • Now offering pre-packaged fans (that ship all in one box)
  • More fans now come with touch screen or digital remote capabilities
  • Increased focus in products that are Energy Star certified
  • Fan to watch: The Extraordinaire


  • New six-speed multi-rotor fans offer quiet operation without a centralized motor
  • Other introductions had dimmable compact fluorescent lamping
  • In the works: Fans incorporating LEDs


  • Seeing more chrome and polished nickel finishes versus bronze
  • Fan to watch: 5th Avenue

Progress Lighting

  • Trend toward larger-scale fans intended for bigger environments
  • Builder customer base asking for fans without light kits, so company is developing more fans that are light kit adaptable.
  • Offering more compact fluorescent lamping to meet new codes

Savoy House

  • Introduced “Fan d’lier” line featuring ceiling fan inside chandelier
  • Many fans designed with motor accent lighting
  • Fan to watch: Muscle fans with Cyclone21 motors and a muscle-car hubcap motif

Minka Aire

  • Introductions had clean lines, transitional styling and full function controls
  • More Energy Star rated offerings, including a universal light kit that will fit onto any light kit adaptable fan
  • Emphasizing moderate price points as a response to economic climate
  • Fans to watch: New Era, Zen and Riva


  • New fans with linen glass with oil bronze finishes
  • Introducing more Energy Star certified fans
  • More demand for soft contemporary styling
  • Seeing increased interest in decorative outdoor fans

Hunter Fan Co.

  • Pre-assembled, easy installation fixtures such as Pro’s Best 5-Minute Fan – installs in five minutes or less and comes 90-percent assembled.
  • Concert Breeze fan comes with a wireless sound system built into light kit
  • Expanded growth in 60- to 70-inch fans
  • More dark finishes
  • Use of highly decorative resin castings
  • Trend toward soft contemporary and transitional styles are strengthening, but ornate, traditional will always be a significant part of the market
  • Fans to watch: Norway and Lugano (both soft contemporary)


  • New fans offered contemporary styling, proportions for larger rooms and customizable options
  • Fans to watch: Holliston (for large rooms), Isotope (flush mounted), Vita or Whitman

Matthews Fan Co.

  • Known for rotational fans, company’s modern
  • Modern rotational fans gaining popularity
  • Bronze and brushed nickel finish both selling well, with chrome incoming
  • Oscillating wall fans gaining popularity
  • Fan to watch: Italo (larger rotational fan)

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