San Francisco, CA
What is American design?
It’s the fathappy lovechild of the tavern next-door and a forty-eight Hudson-
Keroac at the wheel, going ninety
Stopping for jazz, hitchhikers and apple pie,
Named for a Bogart-movie nightclub
(Screenplay by Faulkner, adapting a dime store detective novel by Chandler)
Built fat when materials were flat Built by hand
Small batch – every component from scratch
And pudgy like a pig and juke boxes and cars
From a time of optimistic can-do
What is American design? The Cypress Club in San Francisco pioneered the new Northern California American dining culture featuring fresh local ingredients in traditional recipes inflected with the myriad cultures of the city, served with California wines and jazz. The design was rooted in the optimism of the late 1940’s in America, a hybrid of vernacular next-door taverns, imagery from “On the Road” and a blend of elements from post war popular culture…
When Chef Charlie Trotter heard that JMA was working with Kimpton Hotels and George Lucas in San Francisco, he introduced John Cunin. John ran Masa’s, recognized for fourteen consecutive years by San Francisco Magazine as the best restaurant in the Bay Area. He wanted to open a new American restaurant featuring the cutting edge food and wine emerging from the Bay Area.
Cypress Club was conceived as vehicle for the new California cuisine introduced by Alice Waters and vintners of Napa and Sonoma. The design springs from the optimism of late 1940’s American popular culture. Located just a half block from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Bookstore, publisher of Beat poets and writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the design crossbreeds the architecture of the traditional neighborhood taverns (Jack’s, Taddich, Sam’s, Washington Bar and Grill) with the image of the protagonists from “On the Road” driving a ‘48 Hudson across the
country at 90 miles an hour stopping for jazz, hitchhikers and apple pie.
The name “Cypress Club” comes from “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler (transformed by William Faulkner into a screenplay with starring roles for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart). The design transforms the San Francisco bar-in-a-dining room with high wainscots, brass and leaded glass with the pudgy forties futurist designs of automobiles, airplanes and juke boxes softened with the bigger-than life WPA era imagery of Thomas Hart Benton.
The Cypress Club was the first instance in which JMA
entirely designed and prefabricated the design
components themselves in the Midwest and
shipped them to California.
Design Architect / Interior Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Lighting Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Furniture Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Artwork: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Graphics and Signage / Branding: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Kitchen Planning: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Product Design & Associated Manufacturing: Mozer Studios
JMA Team: Jordan Mozer, John Bolchert, Frank Gartner,
General Contractor: George Bavone
Architect of Record: Sady Haiashida