If you have ever been to an automatic car wash, it should be pretty easy to figure out where designer Philippe Malouin found his inspiration for the Dervish ceiling fan concept.
While borrowing a friend's car for the day, I decided to have it washed to show my gratitude. I pulled into an automated carwash, and while inside, I couldn't help but notice how the carwash brushes completely alter their shape from flimsy drooping hair covered rods to massive powerful beams. Could this quality of transformation be applied to the home sector? Where would a transforming apparatus find use in the home?
The carwash brushes go from limp, to cones, to beams. A lamp could use this whimsical feature to direct light, from a tube of light to a cone, to an open light source. The contraption, with its spinning, would produce a rather considerable amount of wind. Ceiling fans have not changed in the slightest ever since their introduction. Apart from finishes and rotation speed, they have always remained rather dull.
I have to agree with that last point — anyone who has shopped for a ceiling fan probably knows that it takes a lot of searching to find something that's stylish and unique. However, I have to wonder whether or not Dervish would really be functional as a fan. [Phillipe Malouin via dornob]