“Rethinking Everyday Objects” is an exploration in which Costa Rican designer Marco Gallegos challenges expectation by distorting proportions and manipulating the physical make-up of the common objects. The first product of this series is the Fan(c)Fan, which transforms the ordinary fan into an artistic centerpiece. The head of the fan is a massive 28 inches in diameter, and sits atop a wooden tripod, making the entire work a towering six feet. The oversized scale is, however, contrasted by the light construction of the frame and blades and the fan’s efficiency. The three wooden blades of the propeller have been engineered as hyperbolic paraboloids for maximum effectiveness, and are crafted through the layering and bending of ash veneer. Materiality also plays into the redesign and hint at a deconstructed version of the traditional fan, for the wooden tripod and propeller appear to float as separate entities while the steel cage of the fan fades into the background.

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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