Douglas Fanning Introduces Wall Blades


Continuing last year’s progression into brass with his architectonic Mobile Series, designer Douglas Fanning now returns to the medium in the release of his Wall Blades, Brass Edition. These mounted fixtures are versions of Fanning’s iconic Light Blades that have been scaled and proportioned to wall lighting. The Wall Blades contain hand-milled channels that house LEDS on both sides and are capable of pivoting vertical to horizontal, able to cast light forward and back or up and down through changing their position.

Fanning finds inspiration in the work of late 1960’s minimalists, his designs paying homage to the minimal works of Walter de Maria, Donald Judd, Fred Sandback and the illuminated sculptures of Dan Flavin. Like these minimalists, Fanning allows form to follow function; his fixtures are pared down to the bare essentials. The Wall Blades are composed of a 15" long blade supported on a 10” stem with a 8.5” tall backplate. The effortless simplicity of their structure juxtaposed with the complexity of working by hand in a heavier brass medium underscores the coexistence of both art and design in Douglas Fanning’s work. The Wall Blades, both in the new Brass Edition or in glossy black and white, are hand-made in his Brooklyn studio.

About Douglas Fanning: 

Brooklyn-based architect-turned-maker Douglas Fanning has been developing exploratory and functional creations for more than 15 years, collaborating with top-tier design companies on artistic furniture, lighting, and architectural pieces for clients including Saks Fifth Avenue, W Hotels, and Theory. 

Douglas opened DYAD, his architecture and fabrication studio, in 1994 after receiving his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in fabrication and prototyping to the design and manufacture of home and architectural products. Infusing his architectural perspective and a tirelessly inquisitive spirit into everything he creates, Douglas Fanning’s projects speak to his commitment to building things the right way, rather than the easy way. A teacher as well as a designer, Douglas has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts, and Parsons School of Design. Learn more at