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, California, 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. Tom’s first ceiling fan design, The Punkah®, transformed his dream into a reality and Fanimation was born. It was not long before Tom’s exceptional ceiling fan designs created a buzz and he realized that his one-man operation could not keep up with the demand. As word spread and Fanimation’s popularity increased, Tom decided to expand his business operations and relocate Fanimation’s headquarters from southern California to central Indiana.
Over the course of the next two decades, Fanimation evolved from one man and his dream into a thriving international business. Today Fanimation sells its ceiling fans to more than 1,500 retail stores and ships its products to more than twenty-three countries. In recent years, Tom passed the Fanimation torch to his son, Nathan Frampton, who has enthusiastically pursued Fanimation’s mission to deliver ground breaking ceiling fan designs. Under Nathan’s leadership, Fanimation has continued to grow its business while maintaining the family oriented corporate culture that defines Fanimation almost as much as its cutting edge designs.
Fanimation ceiling fans have been utilized in a wide variety of venues ranging from residential homes to world renowned theme parks. Several critically acclaimed designs have also been featured in Vanity Fair, Modernism and Phoenix Home and Garden. In addition to print publication, Fanimation has graced the silver screen in the movie I,Robot been featured on HGTV and made appearances on Extreme Makeover Home Addition. With designs like the traditional Americana®, the tropical Islander®, the transitional Akira™ and the contemporary Marea™, it’s easy to see why Fanimation is an industry leader with Hollywood appeal.
Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting making it an art form. World renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and alliance to form and function, his world famous award winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for over four decades. Robert introduced sleek, new functionalist lighting designs in the 60s and 70s that have become classics of the modern era.
Sonneman's sensibilities and prolific design vocabulary extend through the modern architectural and decorative genres of the 20th century and forward to the contemporary diversity of the 21st. "I continue to investigate the evolutionary and the revolutionary as the basis for developing a cosmopolitan American style" said Robert Sonneman.
In Sonneman's current lighting collection are over a thousand designs ranging from Warm Contemporary to Ornamental Modernism and Modernist styles. Currently featured in over two thousand lighting showrooms worldwide, his product line continues to evolve with exciting new 2011 introductions. Sonneman - A Way of Light, founded in 2003, is a tribute to contemporary lighting design. Working in New York, Milan and Tokyo resulted in selling designs worldwide under the Sonneman name since 1967.
In 1974, Robert founded Sonneman Design Group building an extensive client base spanning many diverse industries in the home.
Robert Sonneman's designs have been exhibited internationally as well as in the United States in major museums, exhibitions on design, galleries and shows over the last forty years. In addition, Robert participates and lectures at universities, and other venues of architecture and design.