I'm loving London-based designer Philippe Malouin's Dervish ceiling fan and lamp, inspired not only by the titular whirling dancers of Istanbul, but by an automated car wash:
...While inside [an automated car wash] I couldn't help but notice how the car wash 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.
For those interested in Malouin, Yatzer.com has a photo-heavy studio visit with the man here.