Jordan Mozer (b.1958) Elbert Chair: Times Square Variation 2006: Custom Dyed Leather and Powder Coated Steel. Made in the US. 31" high x 25" deep x 18" wide. (79 cm high x 63.5 cm deep x 46.7 cm wide) Provenance; prototype for the Times Square hotel, collection of the artist. Signed.
This Elbert Chair variation was created by the artist for the Jordan Mozer + Associates, Ltd.'s 2005-2006 renovation of Bill Marriott's Times Square hotel. The frame is composed of mandril bent, welded and powder-coated, recycled steel. The upholstery is custom-dyed leather, created for the Times Square project.
The original Elbert chairs were built for the Cypress Club restaurant in San Francisco in 1990-1991. They are named for Elbert, the craftsman responsible for hand-bending the steel legs around a maplewood form.
The Cypress Club was located in San Francisco's the North Beach neighborhood, just a block from City Lights Book Store, which was founded by the Beat Poet and Beat publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The restaurant served cutting edge seasonal / regional American dishes influenced by the history of San Fran and the various ethnic subcultures within the city. The owner, John Cunin, had an amazing array of California wines to complement the menu.
The design Jordan Mozer + Associates, Ltd. created for the Cypress Club explored what "American" design was, just as the menu explored what "American" cuisine was. The design took it's cues from optimistic late 1940's popular culture. The chair borrows lines from the ‘ 48 Hudson featured in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road"; the name “Cypress Club” was appropriated from Raymond Chandler’s detective story "The Big Sleep", which was transformed into a screenplay by William Faulkner and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The project was the first in which the artist and his team designed and fabricated every design element, a “Gesamptkunstwerk” and the conceptual and methodological foundation for all subsequent projects.
This variation on the Elbert Chair has an inset foot, replacing the original front foot spheres. Modifications were also made to the back bracket.
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Mozer Studios LLC handcrafts all of their small batch products. They are never mass produced. We invite our patrons to embrace the nuanced irregularities of the form, surface and finishes as evidence of handwork, defining each piece as 1 of kind...
Elbert Chair portraits by Monica Kass Rogers. Photos of the Cypress Club by Kingmon Young. Photos of Times Square Hotel by Jeff Zaruba. Sketches for the chair by Jordan Mozer.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE
H 31 in. x W 18 in. x D 25 in.
H 78.74 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 63.5 cm
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