metal motor casing with 3 black rubber blades surrounded by a 4-legged wire cage

VE505 table fan, 1954-1960

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To disperse air in a hot, stagnant room, a fan needs a set of elevated, whirling blades. In his elegant design for this table fan, Ezio Pirali shaped the blades like those of an airplane propeller and surrounded the fan with two intersecting rings, which suggest the path of planets around a sun, or perhaps the atom, whose electrons orbit its nucleus. While elegant, they would have done little to shield the blades from curious fingers.

Details
Title
VE505 table fan
Artist Life
born 1921
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2001.81
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metal motor casing with 3 black rubber blades surrounded by a 4-legged wire cage