The Elbert chairs were created for the Cypress Club in San Francisco in 1990. The iconic restaurant celebrated a new American food culture emerging in Northern California which paired California wines with local, seasonal foodstuffs. The menu riffed on a hybrid of international cuisine and classic San Fran fare. The Cypress Club design embraced an American aesthetic; a lovechild of nearby 1940's bar-and-grills and the Beat writers published by the neighboring City Lights Bookstore... a fantasy of Kerouac and Cassidy, On The Road at ninety miles, stopping only for jazz and apple pie. The name "Cypress Club" was appropriated from Raymond Chandler's detective story, The Big Sleep, which became a screenplay by William Faulkner and was transformed into a film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. While lightweight in scale, the Elbert Chairs borrow lines from the aerodynamic and cartoon-pudgy '48 Hudson. The heavy-wall steel tubing (over 95% recycled material) was hand-formed around a carved-wooden jig by Elbert (a large and curmudgeonly craftsman), after whom the chairs were named. These four pieces, with frames powder-coated in black and seats and backs upholstered in white vinyl, were created for the artist's family and are unique in this fabric and finish.
Made in Chicago : Leather, powder coated tubular steel and steel wire.
19 w x 26½ d x 33 h (inches)