What do you get for the friend who has everything? Or the particular family member? From smart home fans to modern designs, Casablanca’s 2018 gift guide offers something to impress everyone on your list.
Sea salt washed finishes, metallic detailing, real wood veneer blades — Casablanca’s Daphne modern ceiling fan’s simple yet modern design will make a statement in any modern glam living room, bedroom, or home office.
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 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.
The sea salt black blades 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.
Use the Daphne modern ceiling fan as the statement piece in your modern glam living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. Here are a few other tips for creating a modern glam living space:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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