‘windmaker’ by luc van hoeckel images courtesy of luc van hoeckel

eindhoven-based designer, luc van hoeckel has created ‘windmaker’ a fan for residential applications that operates off the grid.

modeled after a traditional cuckoo clock, the wooden fan uses weights and a joint system to power itself. a circulating breeze begins to generate when the weights which hang from the bottom are lifted. within five minutes the fan begins to cool its environment without the use of electricity.

luc van hoeckel: windmaker detail of joints

luc van hoeckel: windmaker (right) after one minute (center) after three minutes (left) after five minutes