Forty One Madison Lobby, Cafe To Get Facelift

After the New York Tabletop Market, taking place from April 12 to 15, the Forty One Madison building will undergo a renovation to give it a new lobby and Level A buyers lounge.

“This will be the first major facelift of Forty One’s public spaces since its opening 42 years ago,” said Laurie Burns, director, svp, Forty One Madison.

Burns added, “Over the years, the development of this neighborhood has been phenomenal, and Forty One and Rudin have actively contributed to that, helping to establish the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Flatiron BID. Now Rudin is adding to that investment and committing significant capital to ensure that Forty One Madison remains a premier property worthy of being called home base by the highest caliber of tabletop factories from across the world.”

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is designing the estimated 12-to-24-month project that will brighten the lobby space with white marble flooring, pearlescent glass wall panels, and a ceiling lit by energy-efficient LEDs to complement the original book-matched Travertine wall panels that will remain on the elevator cores. The space will also feature a glass entrance and redesigned elevator cabs. The Level A buyers lounge and café will be treated to a more open, spacious effect including an exposed kitchen plus new fixtures and seating.

“We are thrilled with SOM’s sophisticated, eye-catching design,” said Bill Rudin, vice chairman, CEO of Rudin Management Company, the operating arm of the Rudin Family holdings. “We believe this project will enliven the property’s entrance and enhance our tenants’ and visitors’ experience at Forty One Madison Avenue.”

Eric Rudin, the company’s vice chairman/president, added, “The new lobby design will modernize Forty One Madison for decades to come. It was important to us that it not just be beautiful and bright, but energy-efficient and state-of-the-art and attractive to our tenants.”