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The Ball Fan: Still Modern After All These Years

The year was 1986, and Ron Rezek was a celebrated lighting designer who’s fixtures and systems were finding their way onto contract and residential specifications throughout North America.  When tasked with a new project to design an updated version of the long-ignored ceiling fan, Rezek responded with a concept that turned the entire industry on it’s head.

Stratos by Ron Rezek, 1988

His Stratos fan was in no way a reference to the Victorian reproductions and otherwise ordinary ceiling fans of the day.  Rezek imparted his preference for minimalism, conceiving an entirely original approach to how the ceiling fan could be interpreted. Architects, designers and design-minded consumers recognized the merit of Rezek’s modern aesthetic and embraced his creation.  Over time, the Stratos has come to be known as the “original modern fan”.

As seen in Interior Design Magazine, January 1999

In the mid-2000’s, Rezek further simplified the down rod structure of the Stratos fan, ultimately re-introducing it as the Ball fan. Of Rezek’s dozens of modern fan designs, the Ball is the most iconic and best selling model of his legendary career. The Ball has undergone several enhancements during its lifetime, most recently, the introduction of an optional LED light kit. However, the design remains true to Rezek’s original inspiration and has stood the test of time, remaining a “go-to” solution for architects and designers, far and wide.

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