Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind Designs Limited-Edition “eL Masterpiece” Chandelier for Zumtobel

08 Dec 2011

NEW YORK, NY: —Studio Daniel Libeskind today announced the first lighting design by founding architect Daniel Libeskind. Created in collaboration with Austrian lighting company Zumtobel, the limited-edition eL Masterpiece chandelier is distinguished by both its striking design and the sophisticated technology that underlies it. The chandelier, which made its debut at Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4 2011, is only the fourth in Zumbotel’s Masterpiece series of stylistically and technically innovative designs by leading creative figures. The other Masterpieces are Starbrick (2009), by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson; VorteXX (2005), by British architect Zaha Hadid; and the LQ-P-Chandelier (2005), byNew York architect and artist Hani Rashid.

Daniel Libeskind’s eL Masterpiece is roughly nine feet tall and two-and-a-half feet wide. It weighs 350 pounds. A luminous, sharp-edged, cascading shape, the chandelier has a highly-polished stainless steel exterior and a stainless-and-23-carat-gold-plated-leaf interior. 

Illumination is provided by 1,680 specially designed LED modules that have the ability to create seven color scenarios. These can be called up wirelessly via a special iPad app that activates individual, built-in mechanisms attached to each module (LEDs are usually controlled by a single external mechanism). The variety of color scenarios and the quality of the light emitted by each mimic the cosmic light that fills the universe. 

The dynamic lighting owes its existence to a complex algorithim developed by Dr. Noam Libeskind, a son of Daniel Libeskind and an astrophysicist at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam.

Height:  106 inches / 8.86 feet
Width:  34 inches / 29 inches
Weight:  350 lbs
Light Source, outside:  1,680 RGB LED modules
Light Source, inside:  3 Light Engine LED, 3,000 K
Controls:  Microcontroller
Power Consumption:  430 W
System Voltage:  110 – 240 V/60 Hz
Material, outside:  Stainless steel, high-gloss polished
Material, inside:  Stainless steel, 23 carat leaf gold-plated

For more information, please contact:
Zumtobel Lighting GmbH
Nadja Frank
PR Manager
Schweizer Strasse 30
A-6851 Dornbirn
Tel. +43-5572-390-1303
Fax +43-5572-390-91303

About Zumtobel
Zumtobel, a company of the Zumtobel Group, is a leading international supplier of integral lighting solutions for professional indoor and outdoor building lighting applications. For more than 50 years, Zumtobel has been developing innovative, custom lighting solutions that meet extremely exacting requirements in terms of ergonomics, economic efficiency and environmental compatibility while delivering aesthetic added value. For more information, visit

About Studio Daniel Libeskind
Since establishing Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin in 1989, architect Daniel Libeskind has designed major cultural, commercial and residential projects around the world. His commissions include the Jewish Museum Berlin; the extension to the Denver Art Museum; Zlota 44, a residential high-rise in Warsaw; the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong; the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin; Reflections at Keppel Bay, a two-million-square-foot residential development in Singapore; and Crystals at CityCenter, a 500,000-square-foot retail complex in Las Vegas. Upon being named master planner for the World Trade Center site in 2003, Mr. Libeskind and his wife and business partner Nina Libeskind moved the practice to New York City, later opening offices in Milan and Zurich. For more information, please visit