We maintain the philosophy that great work results from a close collaboration among the client, designer and craftsperson, building upon the strengths of all three. We have always served the worship and liturgical needs of the church by way of the trades working together, integrating design into the fabric of the architectural setting, whether it be through lighting, liturgical furnishings or stained glass. Our artisans have created liturgical solutions in virtually every known medium, and within all budgets.
Our staff designers have always sought to serve the worship and liturgical needs of communities without adversely impacting architectural spaces and settings. We have been successful because we have always sought to clearly understand the voice of the community within the vocabulary of the building. From Victorian to Post-Modern, dominant styles and tastes change over time. Our designs seamlessly blend changes and updates into liturgical objects while tastefully answering the requirements of the space, the congregation, and the community. Through scholarship and experience, Rambusch designers have found answers through nearly every known medium and for all budgets: marble and granite, surface paint, fresco, secco and gilding, mosaic, stained glass, ceramics, ﬁne woodwork, carved and cast ornament, repoussè, engraving, silver, gold, bronze, plastics, stainless steel, Monel metal, and aluminum.
Through conferences, interviews and discussions, we work with Parish committees, architects and liturgical designers to help set definitions and scope on projects of any size. We understand that whether we’re working with a private chapel or one of the largest churches in the world, liturgical and financial goals must intersect and be mutually understood. Site visits, mockups, focus groups, and questionnaires are just some of the tools we use to find consensus, setting solid foundations for successful outcomes the remain faithful to the liturgy and the community. Bringing multi-generational experience to our work, we provide oversight and management services for liturgical installations and renovations. We act on behalf of our clients as representatives for long, multi-year efforts to ensure stylistic continuity. Our whole approach is built around reflecting your congregation’s particular taste, personality, and desires.
Rambusch has long produced liturgical furnishings and objects for worship, designing and shaping materials into symbolic and functional forms. From initial design to completed objects, we weave the traditional thread of communicating ideas and iconographic richness through our work. Our artisans continue to create new liturgical furnishings and other central liturgical elements such as tabernacles, altars, ambos, fonts, candle stands and processional crosses. All unique to your tastes and needs; nothing is ever standard. We are often called upon to adapt our original works from decades past, or reclaim and recreate complete furnishing sets from stonework, doors, frames and other surviving pieces. Though our services, our clients have an exceptionally wide range of forms, materials, colors, textures, and lighting effects to work with. By working closely with them to narrow down and use these effectively, we help them create religious atmospheres that aid individuals in their personal and communal practice of worship.
Rambusch's artists created mosaics for the dome - the "Crowning Jewel" - of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception depicting the Most Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception, and a procession of saints.
We designed, manufactured, and installed an integrated, expandable lighting system of Rambusch fixtures controlled by a Lutron multi-scene dimmer to serve all the various liturgies and lighting needs.
Rambusch designed and shaped a new liturgical environment — altar, ambo, reredos, cathedra and the new Blessed Stanley Rother Oratory — all viewed under a flexible Rambusch lighting system.
For the past five years, the Rambusch Company has been at the Cathedral Church of Saint Catharine of Siena making updates and improvements to lighting, artwork, and liturgical furnishings.