Thursday, February 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling fans offer not only a functionality to your space but also provides a stylish and industrial element. All of the various style options come in a wonderful array of colors and finish options that harmonize beautifully together. Here are some of our favorite ceiling fan finish combinations:

Emerson Luxe Fan


This is one of Emerson’s Luxe Eco fans that incorporate sleek and modern elements and utilizes finishes relevant to today’s home fashion – this specific Luxe Eco fan is in a warm oil-rubbed bronze finish with walnut blades, the combination of the different color browns and russet hues bring a traditional vibe to this already contemporary fan.

Fanimation Torto Fan


The Torto fan by Fanimation features a dramatic design that puts “a new twist to an old friend” and this specific finish is actually new to Fanimation’s contemporary line of Torto fans – a deep, dark black finish set against a frost glass light kit. Whether it’s this sleek black finish you like for the Torto, any finish fan with this design is sure to be the coveted centerpiece to your space.

Minka Aire Artemis Fan

Minka Aire’s Artemis fans come in so many finish variations it would be difficult to figure out which one fits your space’s energy – one of our picks would be the subtle maple finish with the etched opal glass. The fan’s lighter tone can balance with more transitional and modern decors and the unique shape of the three-bladed fan adds that touch of pizazz and style.

Don’t forget that most fans also come in a polished nickel finish that usually balances well with almost any blade finish – the combo of the nickel finish with say, a walnut or cherry finished blade can be that final touch of style and originality your space needs.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Fanimation Fargo


One of the best ways to achieve a nice breeze or some solid airflow within a small room or workspace (rooms that tend to hinder the ability to install any type of ceiling fan) is with the very classic selection of portable fans from Fanimation.

Fanimation Old Havana

The best part about Fanimation’s collection of portable fans is their unique and very timeless designs; some of their most popular portable fans are the Fargo and the Old Havana, which, according to fanimation.com, “were inspired by antique fans in Tom Frampton’s extensive collection. Although the fans have distinctly different looks and features, they share a common history.”

These fans were motivated by a fan Frampton saw in an antique shop, a more updated version of the Savory Aerator, and the result was the Fargo; according to Fanimation, “the Fargo showcases the same globe shaped cage as the original Aerator fan, however the base of the Fargo is more modernized and features classic accents.”

A wonderful part about these fans, especially the Fargo, is that they create a very effective breeze that won’t disturb an area of work (in your office or at home desk).

Some other models of Fanimation’s portable fans are the Old Havana, bringing home the tropics with its unique design; the Urbanjet, a more retro version of the portable fan; and the Arden, a wonderfully distinct design with wooden long legs to create an ample breeze within your space.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

by Benson Littman

Fanimation is a company that has been creating uniquely crafted ceiling fans with matchless blade shapes, designs and materials with premier motors and technical enhancements for years now. Fanimation’s story is motivating and worthy of note; throughout the years, since about 1984, this company has become successfully what it is today.

Fanimation Punkah Collection

According to fanimation.com, it was Tom Frampton, founder and CEO of Fanimation that began it all; he spent his entire life working in the ceiling fan industry.

As stated on fanimation.com, “It all started twenty-seven years ago with a man, a garage, a concept and a dream. The man was Tom Frampton, his garage was in Pasadena, Calif., his concept was to design unique and innovative ceiling fans and his dream was to channel his passion for creating high quality ceiling fans into a revenue producing enterprise.”

Here is a short but intriguing rundown of Fanimation “Through the Years.” The below information may be cited at fanimation.com.

1973 – Frampton begins working for Burton A. Burton (by 1975 Burton creates Casablanca Fan Company).

1984 – Frampton and Mr. Burton strike a deal; Frampton leaves Casablanca taking with him the specialty fan department. Frampton begins Fanimation in his garage with his first three designs: The Punkah, The Palmetto and the Bourbon Street.

Fanimation Islander Collection

1990 – The Islander fan is established

1994 – Frampton relocates Fanimation to 85th Street in Indianapolis, Ind.

1997 – Fanimation relocates again to Lebanon, Ind.

2003 – Fanimation grows, allowing for a new centrally located corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

2004 – Fanimation celebrates its 20th anniversary

2005 – Fanimation introduces seven new fan designs: The Fargo, The Vetricco, The Draco, The Centaurus, The Volare, The Belize, The Alamosa and two damp location fans, The Torrento and the Belleria.

2007 – Fanimation welcomes Nathan Frampton as new president, keeping the company all in the family.

2008 – The Extraordinaire fan and the Zonix fan are introduced.

2010 – Fanimation opens its West Coast distribution center to take full advantage of shipping efficiency.