Beyond the technology: Designing the Signal

The Signal is WiFi and Apple HomeKit enabled, but Hunter Fan’s design team created new finishes to bring a timeless design to a high-tech fan.

There is buzz about the Signal Wi-Fi ceiling fan’s technology and smart home capabilities. But our design team had an added mission in mind when creating it: People will see the fan design in their room first before the technology, so they wanted to create a beautiful fan design first and foremost.

The design team created fresh, new finishes for this modern ceiling fan, and designed a form that was worthy of the technology inside.

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Nickel and brown are common ceiling fan finishes, but the design team took a new take on them with the first Signal ceiling fan. They created satin nickel for a polished, modern finish on the fan body. The touch of rustic on the oak and reclaimed walnut blade finishes gives it a casual yet worldly feel. Applying these updated finishes on a unique form gives the Signal transitional ceiling fan a fresh, modern look.

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Signal wifi ceiling fan in casual game roomCreating a finish is more than picking out a color swatch. The design team communicates with the factory for months, sending samples back and forth until their vision comes to light.

“It’ll be a picture, a sample, then the factory will send us samples back; we’ll look at them and then communicate back to them what we want to change,” shares Hunter Designer Christine Holmes, “We always do this in real time. We always ask for physical samples rather than looking at photos on a computer because computer monitors are all different, so looking at the real sample in real light is really important.”

Why go through this process? Simple – it’s important to our designers to present people a timeless yet unique design for their home.

The satin nickel Signal ceiling fan was the first in the Wi-Fi ceiling fan collection. The design team created multiple finishes following that, including noble bronze and matte nickel.

Hunter Signal smart home fan in industrial open concept living room

The Signal transitional ceiling fan is a versatile design. The satin nickel finish complements other fixtures and furniture legs in a modern living room while the oak grain and reclaimed walnut rustic blade finishes soften the look. The noble bronze Signal ceiling fan pairs well in masculine game rooms that feature other natural finishes like leather chairs and dark wood barndoors. We love the noble bronze in Southwestern and bohemian inspired living rooms and nurseries, too.

The Signal Wi-Fi ceiling fan is available to purchase today

Hunter Signal wifi ceiling fan in a modern living room