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The Casablanca Experience

Casablanca Fan Co. has partnered with The Sarasota Modern hotel to show you how Casablanca’s unique ceiling fan designs can enhance your minimalist space.

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How to Use Outdoor Ceiling Fans Inside Your Home

There are so many wonderful ceiling fan designs out there, so why limit your choices when it comes to decorating your home? Sometimes a little outside-of-the-box thinking is all it takes to give any room in your home the perfect finishing touch.

For example, consider using an outdoor ceiling fan inside your home. A common misconception is that outdoor fans can’t be used indoors, but in fact they can! However, indoor ceiling fans can’t be used outdoors. If you’re going to install or replace your outdoor ceiling fans always make sure it has a damp or wet rating.

There are many ways an outdoor ceiling fan can be used indoors including living rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Living Room

The Orchid is a modern ceiling fan, but with its warm finishes this beauty will still fit perfectly in more traditional spaces. The walnut blades pair well with dark wood furniture while the Pewter Revival finish complements other warm metal accents. At 30 inches, the Orchid is best used in small rooms; however, in larger rooms multiple placements can also get you ideal air movement and peak performance.

The Perseus is a unique ceiling fan inspired by spacecraft design. The Perseus will grace your formal yet modern spaces with its earthy wood blades and Metallic SunSand fan finish.

For a juxtaposition, this new age fan can be placed in large, intricate Victorian inspired rooms to complement other modern furniture elevating your style.

Loft

Living in the city, color can be hard to come by. The Piston in Soft Sage is the perfect way to add a pop of color to any modern industrial environment. By accenting the room with other shades of green you can tie everything together for a balanced feel throughout.

Accent walls are also an easy way to incorporate color into a room that may otherwise be dull. The deep green of the accent wall in this particular loft allows the Piston in Soft Sage to “pop” while also subtly contributing to the room’s aesthetic.

Bathroom

An uncommon place to think of installing a ceiling fan, your bathroom may be where your favorite outdoor fan feels most at home indoors. The bathroom is the one room in your home where a damp rating is a must to avoid damage to the ceiling fan.

The Paume wet rated ceiling fan is a chic take on mid-century wicker caned furniture. The reversible blades also allow you to choose between making a statement or a more classic look and feel.

The Matte Black finish complements nearly any type of style but works especially well with other large pieces of black furniture. To make the Matte Black Paume really stand out, place it in a room with white walls and ceilings.

Bedroom

The Aya is a great example of how many different styles this fan design can work with. At the Casablanca x Sarasota Modern event in Sarasota, Florida the Aya was installed in guest rooms on the fourth floor.

Inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian furniture, the blades are meant to resemble fine wood shavings as they peel away from the body of the fan.

“I love The simplicity of the Aya fan and will probably be putting this one into my downstairs.”

Jane Ko, A Taste of Koko

When placed in this particular updated mid-century bedroom with a tropical twist, the contemporary Aya completes the simplicity of the furnishings in the room without detracting from the aesthetic.

No matter where you choose to place your favorite outdoor ceiling fan, Casablanca’s unique line of ceiling fans will complement any style in your home. Modern, industrial, farmhouse — You’re sure to find an outdoor ceiling fan that works just as well inside all while adding a design statement that’s sure to spark a conversation.

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Modern glam ceiling fans in your home

Sea salt washed finishes, metallic detailing, real wood veneer blades — the simple yet modern design of Casablanca’s Daphne modern glam ceiling fan makes a statement in any living room, bedroom, or home office with modern glam decor.

Use the Daphne ceiling fan like a chandelier to make a statement in your room while also keeping everyone cool and comfortable. The metallic detailing on the Daphne glam ceiling fan draws your eye up, creating a stunning effect. The modern brass on the black ceiling fan and the polished nickel on the white ceiling fan are distinctive details that coordinate with other metallic accents in your room and complement mirrored furniture.

Contemporary glam decor for your home

The sea salt black blades of the Daphne fan are a subtle designer touch on the black fan that will impress guests as you entertain in your modern formal living room. The warm wood finishes on the black ceiling fan’s blades emulate modern interior design while creating a warm, inviting ambiance in your modern luxe bedroom. The warm wood blades coupled with the glamorous metallic detailing even adds a striking element to modern Boho kitchens. The Fresh White ceiling fan with light blade finishes gives a bright and clean modern look to inspire home offices and kitchens.

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Use the Daphne modern glam ceiling fan as the statement piece in your modern living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. Here are a few other tips for utilizing modern glam decor in your home:

Metallics

Satin and matte metallic finishes keep the look modern and not dated. Metallic hardware on ceiling fans, drawer pulls, and coffee table legs adds a luxe look to your space. Be bold and mix metals, too: satin copper picture frames and accent décor complement matte silver detailing on a chandelier-inspired ceiling fan.

Warm tones

Darker wood tones allow glamorous metallic detailing to pop, adding to the modern glam look. Choose furniture finishes in charcoal and black stains. Wood finishes that accentuate the wood grain detailing – like the sea salt black blades on the Daphne – add an interesting and unique design element to modern glam rooms.

Art Deco

Metallic inlays in geometric and bold art deco patterns give an old Hollywood regency feel to a modern glam home office and bedroom. Plush fabrics in rich colors like burgundy, emerald, and royal purple add to the regal look of a modern art deco room.

 

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How The Casablanca Design Team Stays Inspired

Inspiration is everywhere.

One of the basic tenets of the group is that inspiration is everywhere—just there for the taking—if you’re open to it. “You have to allow yourself that openness—openness to the magic,” said Christophe Badarello, design director at Casablanca. “I think it’s really an openness to your mind, to your heart, to what’s around you. I think that’s how I would define creativity.”

For Christophe and his team, preparedness is the other half of the equation. As artists, they’re trained to take in their surroundings at all times—and keep a sketchbook handy. “Even in the car,” said Christophe, “I might see an interesting hub cap when I’m stopped at a light, and that will give me an idea.” He’ll start drawing right then and there. (And, he admits, sometimes rely on the cars behind him to let him know when the light changes.) Of course, the flip side of being on high alert for inspiration is the need to tune out once in awhile. Every creative, Christophe said, “needs a time of quietness to let the mind rest.”

Collaboration is key.

Individual inspiration only goes so far. Collaboration—and yes, sometimes the friendly butting of heads—is what helps transition ideas from good to great. This emphasis on collaboration includes people outside the Casablanca team as well. The designers especially enjoy working with other artisans—blacksmiths and glassblowers, for example—for the unique perspective that comes only through an in-depth knowledge of a craft. “When somebody works with a material such as glass their whole life,” said Christophe, “they will have some way of looking at that channel that I could never could.”

Sometimes it’s in the hands, not the head.

Christophe also stresses the importance of working three dimensionally as a source of inspiration. That’s why, after sketch iterations, the design team spends so much time carving. Carving and sculpting “almost uses another part of your brain,” Christophe said. “When you take a piece of sandpaper and actually create lines of movement with your hands—when you think, ‘What would happen if I move my hand to the left?’ and then you do, you discover another dimension.” Working in 2-D with a computer and a mouse just doesn’t allow for spontaneous curves and lines of movement. “So by experimenting, not just with your mind, but physically,” said Christophe, “you push the limits further.”

Knowing your history, knowing your “now.”

Inspiration is also part trendspotting and part historical research—because you can’t break new ground if you don’t know what’s come before. It’s looking into adjacent categories—from fashion to architecture—and striking a balance between what’s artistically relevant from the past and what’s on trend today.

The importance of technology can’t be overlooked, either. “Technology is often thought of as a constraint to design and creativity, and sometimes it can be,” said Christophe, “but technology can also give way to exciting new ideas and concepts.” We need only look to the ceiling fan’s evolution itself as proof: in its earliest form, the ceiling fan was just a utilitarian machine that moved air. It wasn’t considered an element of décor, and lighting wasn’t even on the horizon yet. Today, however, the ceiling fan has evolved to become, according to Christophe, “more of a light that also moves air.” As far as the Casablanca design team is concerned, therefore, the way we think about ceiling fans—and what they’re capable of—will keep changing. And that means no end to inspired possibilities.