Empire State Building Lobby Restoration, New York, NY
The Art Deco pendant seen on a sketch found on original blueprints was never produced. Eighty years later, Rambusch brought the 8-pointed, multi-tiered 1931 fantasy of glass, brass and stainless steel to life to grace this National Landmark lobby.
The original plans of the Empire State Building called for a glowing, inverted pyramidal pendant to celebrate the Art Deco style of the day. Its details were never specified in the original, nor was the fixture ever built by the building’s hasty completion in 1931. Working in a Design Assist process in partnership with Frank Prial of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Rambusch developed the ornate chandelier in brass and glass by interpreting original sketches and historic photos from the Empire State’s architects, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon. The current owner’s goal was to return the building lobby as closely as possible to its original interior atmosphere. A design-assist with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects helped facilitate the final interpretation as a fluorescent / LED Art Deco, eight-pointed pendant star in brass, stainless steel and sculpted glass. Fitting seamlessly into the rich visual environment, it is unique to the Empire State Building, a National Landmark and international icon.