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Schwartz and Architecture

The inspiration for the remodel of this San Francisco Victorian came from an unlikely source – the owner’s modern-day cabinet of curiosities, brimming with jars filled with preserved aquatic body parts and specimens. This room now becomes the heart of the home, with glimpses into the collection a constant presence from every space. A partially translucent glass wall (derived from the genetic code of a Harbor Seal) and shelving system protects the collection and divides the owner’s study from the adjacent family room.
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Audrey Hennefer wrote:
I'd like to know the source of the apothecary jars as well....
   Comment   July 11, 2012
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The owner is a collector and he gatherted them over the years.
Neal
October 22, 2012 at 11:09AM   
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tskn wrote:
Where can I get this glass?
   Comment   June 8, 2012
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jshilander
Where does the glass wall come from? How is it installed? Thanks!
September 26, 2012 at 8:59AM   
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It is a custom glass pattern we developed for the client out of clear and translucent glass.
Neal
October 22, 2012 at 11:11AM   
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maryan01 wrote:
How are these shelves supported? It looks floating but strong
   Comment   May 23, 2014
judyearthman wrote:
what is the backwall material, love it
   Comment   March 30, 2014

What Houzz contributors are saying:

The reason I included this shot is not because I think you have a lot of jars full of shelves, but because of the way the room borrows light from the other room through the translucent wall.
3. Clear jars, doesn't matter what's in them. In this case, the display format is more important than the collection itself. I love the sheer number of the jars and the way they're backlit.
This one slays me.
Between Naps on the Porch added this to Collections: Display That Which You Love...
Now here's a unique collection that's bound to be a conversation topic when friends and family come to visit. The description states it's "the owner’s modern-day cabinet of curiosities, brimming with jars filled with preserved aquatic body parts and specimens." Fascinating! As you can see, virtually any collection can be used as an interesting display in your home. What captures your heart? What do you collect and display in your home?
Becky Harris added this to Collecting Without Cluttering
Grouping a variety of items in similar containers is another way to keep things looking orderly...
Framing collected items doesn't necessarily mean putting them into a picture frame. By placing these items in clear glass bottles, the designer highlights each individual item and emphasizes the items' theme.
Principal architect Neil Schwartz custom built this shelving unit for the aquatic pieces of his client, a curator for the Steinhart Aquarium at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences. Schwartz turned what used to be a room filled with breakable curios and jars into the heart of the house. He built the glass wall and shelving unit to display his client's collection in style. "Now my client's kids could go into the room without breaking anything. And the office allows my client to see what's going on in the adjacent media room so that the family always feels connected to each other somehow," says Schwartz.
Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC. added this to 11 Spaces That Aced High School
Biology. Remember that kid in biology so in command of the subject that the teacher asked him to teach part of the class? I think we found him. This specimen collection is brilliantly displayed with custom shelves and apothecary jars. The frosted glass pattern is a genetic code.
Samantha Schoech added this to Goth Glamour for Halloween and Beyond
This wall of specimens floating in jars has a menacing beauty to it. If you are not quite ready to go full-on Dr. Jekyll, you could achieve a similar but less shiver-inducing effect by filling the jars with leaves, acorns, stones and other nonanimal items.
Houzz added this to Curio Cabinet
Open shelving on a backlit glass wall creates a modern version of the curio cabinet here. These fossils and other oddities in specimen jars have the very qualities that make curios so appealing: they're bizarre, rare or striking.
Eric Reinholdt, Architect added this to Design Workshop: The Many Highlights of Translucency
Layered MeaningI’ll close with this project, which speaks eloquently to the possibility of translucent materials and is proof that translucency can transcend merely the utilitarian. The architect here devised a storage solution for the owner’s collection of preserved marine specimens; it not only highlights the collection in a wonderfully simple, lab-like manner, but turns the entire composition into an objet d’art. At first glance it’s a translucent wall separating the family room from the study, interspersed with clear rectangles of varying sizes. Upon deeper inspection, we can see a striped, etched pattern, which correlates with the image of the DNA sequence of a harbor seal. The more one gazes at this wall, the more one sees.
Kurt Cyr added this to 12 Deadly Decorating Sins
8. Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you.How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out.
Apartment 46 for the Home added this to So Your Style Is: Curiosity-Cabinet Chic
Style Tip: Put It Under GlassOld-world collectors put their collections into apothecary jars, under bell jars or in framed shadow boxes to highlight their beauty and individuality. On their own a handful of seedpods would disappear in the decor. Under glass they become important. Mix large and small glass containers, with and without lids, as well as cloches and shadow boxes, to create generous groupings. The space shown here exemplifies a modern take on curiosity-cabinet chic — contemporary furnishings paired with antique pharmacy jars of all shapes and sizes. The effect is both unexpected and intriguing.

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I like the decor. I want shelves full of cool stuff like that.
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I love that although there is much in the way of details, it is done in a very restrained, well-thought out fashion. Nothing random about this collection.
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September 10, 2014
"unexpected and intriguing" is how the writer described this amazing space. I would also add beguiling.
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for my bottles?
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great way to display collectibles
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interesting for science geek
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Love it!
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wall based on genetic code
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LiKe the back wall
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Specimen display case.
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Preserved aquatic life collection
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It's a good way to deal with things you "find".
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shells in glass containers
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its very unique, its the morbid oddity of intriques, the Seahorse one is my favorite, yet sad they are loosing there reefs to near extinction the collection would enhance by elevating the jars on acrylic risers to give more visual movement & details its very nice
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Long desk unit
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Nico´s room
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notes on hoarding and display
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Mid Century Modern way of displaying collections
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Don't let collections turn into hoarding. One item in - one item out.
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This is my favorite.
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you know you want that floating/hanging shelf, right ?
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lo grande del escritorio
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Entrepaños con fondo luminoso
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Study area
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collection
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Vertical shelving.
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great idea for sewing space
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wu ahhhha ahh ha ha
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great collection display idea
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Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you. How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out.
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Place for baccarat collection
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COLLECT IN 1 PLACE BUT DO NOT HOARD
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got me there! hoarding. such an awful word for something that began so joyfully
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Don't overcrowd. This shows a spacious way to display objects.
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much better ofice for Tad
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Back-lit shelves.
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Collections!
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8. Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you. How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out.
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brilliant idea
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I like the collection
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planned displays, not overwhelming
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Display of collections
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wall of frosted glass to let in light with shelves for curios
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Beautiful light from behind the wall.
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nice collection
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on display
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backlighting of collection, desk to enjoy collection and books
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frosted glass
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Display collectables
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Çalışma masası
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para area de estudio
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like shelving
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collection jars
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Perfect for Ralph's study.
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Etched glass back of shelves for display and sharing light
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Another room divider or open cupboards that give the room an open feel
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Love the shelves!!
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Open shelves between K& LR
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Hoarding
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Nice desk
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Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you. How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out.
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Collection wall - lit?
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help!!
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time to take out all that "stuff" I love out of their boxes and get them displayed. Good use for all my canning jars that are empty
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quite a collection of "sea stuff"!
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The glass wall
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Store collections in jars so easily clean around
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Collecting. Like sailboat living. One item in one item out
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love the jars of stuff
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bottles to display
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8. Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you. How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out.
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Terrarium display
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8. Hoarding. Know your limits. Collecting can easily cross over into hoarding. Don’t let that happen to you. How to break this habit? Set aside a space where your collection can be properly displayed and enjoyed, like the one shown here. Collect until the space is comfortably filled. Then stop or maintain a zero-growth collection policy: one item in, one item out
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