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Atelier Rick Tegelaar

Ceiling Cam Fan

Uncovering the beauty of a simple mechanical principle.

The camshaft is a mechanical element most of us use every day, but we almost never see. With a background in mechanical engineering Rick Tegelaar wanted to shed a new light on this technique, uncovering its elegance.

The camshaft is a mechanical element most of us use every day, but we almost never see. With a background in mechanical engineering Rick Tegelaar wanted to shed a new light on this technique, uncovering its elegance.

By taking this element and researching it’s potential for application in a different context the Cam Fan arose. The cams that drive the fan have a simple round form, but produce a very natural moment. This we think is a very interesting contrast. Constructed out of aluminum plates and steel shafts the Fan has a lightweight appearance. The veneer sheets that generate the airflow have the right grain and spring to move in a very graceful way.

 

The fan generates a draft that mixes cooler and warmer air therefore contributing to a comfortable climate. With a power consumption of only 3 Watt the Fan can be run continuously.

By simply patterning the elements the fan can be extended to almost an infinite length and adept to the space it is installed in. The Cam Fan comes in 2 and 1-meter units that can be linked together to suit any application.

Video preview of the exhibition Escape - Embracing the freedom of beauty during Dutch Design Week 2016.