Douglas Fanning’s Latest Light Offering,Taper, 
is a Marvel of Minimalist Design


| New York, NY – January 2017 | Douglas Fanning unveils the latest chapter in his design story with Taper, this time reducing his already refined LED Light Blades into stunningly slender, tapering points. The lights are available in a variety of finishes and reach a dramatic 120” width.


“Taper comes from my desire to experiment and see how far I can take the materials,” says the Brooklyn-based designer, noting there are no other LED light blades on the market with this unique form. “There’s a risk involved in the slower, tougher process of creating by hand, but our studio designs for those who appreciate the process and care about the details,” he says.


The lights can be applied to the wall as a functional sculpture, or hung as single or grouped blades for a sleek mobile effect. Taper’s blades are available in brass, white and black with brass or stainless steel stems and canopies. All configurations may be customized, and standard dimensions include 72”, 96” and 120” versions.

The Taper series will be available to view at Jean de Merry showrooms nationwide, starting with the Los Angeles location. Fanning has also been tapped by award-winning interior designer and architect Jennifer Post to collaborate on a lighting design for the model unit in Zaha Hadid’s highly anticipated High Line apartment project in New York. Fanning and Post will create a custom, 120” x 120” long crossing Taper which will be available to view by potential home owners this winter.

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