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Valby Mid-Century Modern ceiling fan inspired by the 1950s

The Valby modern ceiling fan is inspired by Mid-Century design elements, from pendant lights to audio equipment. Designer Alex Haggar shares more about the inspiration behind this modern ceiling fan.

Casablanca Fan Company Designer for modern ceiling fans I wanted to create a ceiling fan that was truly Mid-Century inspired; something that would believable if it was dropped into a book about 1950s design.

But in the 1950s, ceiling fans were still very traditional. The idea of a modern ceiling fan wasn’t realized or made widely available until the 1980s. So, when designing this Mid-Century inspired ceiling fan, I asked myself, “What would a Danish modern ceiling fan ceiling fan look like? What would an American 1950s modern ceiling fan look like?”

I was very much inspired by pendant lighting form that era, and the shape of the blades is reminiscent of tapered legs on wooden furniture. Audio equipment from the 60s was also a huge inspiration, as that was another budding Mid-Century industry that was becoming design-focused at the time. The Valby ceiling fan takes elements from a lot of vintage products, but unites them to create something that feels current.

Every detail of Valby has a Mid-Century reference right down to the radial slots on top of the fan that serve as vents for the motor.

The finishes we chose for this fan are finishes that were prevalent in 1950s an 1960s design, but aren’t limited to Mid-Century inspired spaces. The Matte Black and Fresh White finishes are Mid-Century staples that will also work in almost any casual space. The Matte Nickel finish is a little bit more formal, and can be used in spaces with luxe details.

Alex Haggar is an Industrial Designer for Casablanca Fan Company. 

The Valby indoor ceiling fan has a 54-inch blade span, perfect for large spaces like bedrooms, living rooms and offices. It’s available in three finishes with reversible veneer blades that allows you to customize the look of your ceiling fan and space. 

Living room with a pink sofa

Blush: Decorating with the hottest new neutral

Rose gold is a stunning trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but it is morphing into a natural trend progression: Blush.

“What’s interesting about the rose gold is I see men and women carrying around the rose gold. It’s not just a feminine color,” said Christine Holmes, Casablanca Fan Company Designer.

Blush is a whisper of pink, in contrast to the bright bubblegum pink that normally comes to mind. It’s a sophisticated pop color for those who want to keep a tonal look in the space.

“It almost reads as neutral. That was the secret to the mint: It’s not overwhelming, in your face; it’s super subtle,” said Claire McRoberts, Casablanca Fan Company Designer.

From full on tone-on-tone to subtle accents, decorating with blush is what you make of it.

“It can play both parts: I think it’s a really nice accent – we’ve seen it on a lot of accessories – but I think you could go pink couch, paint a wall pink, throw a copper lamp in there,” said Alex Haggar, Casablanca Fan Company Designer.

From contemporary to sophisticated, complete the look of your space with a Casablanca ceiling fan.