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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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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.
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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.
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.

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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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GLASS WALLS 2013 I’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.
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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.
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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.
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