Five beautiful ways to keep cool during the heatwave

Chances are you’re probably too toasty today, so chill out with one of these designer fans

While we welcome the respite from the classic wet British summer, there are times when it simply makes our non-air conditioned homes uncomfortably sauna-esque. But there are plenty of cool ways to keep cool, as these gorgeous air-movers demonstrate.

Stadler Form Otto (€140)

From the drawing board of Swiss designer Carl Borer, the Otto fan is crafted from formed wood, which has been oiled twice to keep it looking glorious. A generous 37cm in diameter, it features two speeds, quiet operation and height-adjustable feet.

Dyson Hot + Cool (from £300)

The famous Dyson Hot + Cool is, as the name suggests, both a fan and a heater, meaning it’ll come in useful when the weather inevitably turns awful in two or three weeks. Bladeless, it uses Dyson’s patented Air Multiplication technology to push air at a user-set speed – all the while being totally kid safe. It’s available in a wide range of colour finishes too.

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Hunter Classic (from £720)

Pretend you’re living in sultry Tennessee circa 1890 with Hunter's classic American-style ceiling fan, whose five wide wooden blades will cool large rooms in a quiet, languid southern style. You’ll have to supply the iced tea and white linen suit.

Prem-I-Air Chrome (£70)

Another retro-inspired air-chopper, this 50s-style, chrome-finished “high velocity air circulator” is designed for floor placement. At 45cm in width and boasting three speeds, the Prem-I-Air will cool a decent-sized room, and give you all sorts of authentic “I’m a hard-boiled private detective” cred at the same time.

Stadler Form Q (£150)

If your tastes run more towards the ultra-modern side of things, there’s probably no more stylish option than the Q, which is a fan… in the shape of a Q. Like the Otto above, it’s designed by Carl Borer, who has crafted a solid-but-beautiful object out of stainless steel and aluminium. It offers three speeds, and its 43cm diameter makes it suitable for the floor or a tabletop.


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