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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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October 21, 2012
water711 wrote:
what material is the shelving made of. where can you buy it. - wall arrangement
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It is walnut shelving that we had custom made. Good luck!
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:50AM
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October 21, 2012
dawnrr wrote:
would you be so kind as to share the name of the shelving manufacturer?
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It is a custom walnut shelving that we designed just for this installation. Neal
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:51AM
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much appreciated! you should be very proud. it is outstanding.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:10PM
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Specimens. I'm not sure how many of us actually have access (or want to have access) to the oddities that are inhabiting these jars, but you could always try something else. Just no fingernail collections, okay? What elements of geek chic do you have at home? More: See design photos with numbers Browse more home design photos
Here's a closer look at the unit, made of tempered glass and wood shelving. Light coming in from a small window in the office illuminates the entire room and the surrounding area.
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Architect Neal Schwartz used his client’s collection of preserved aquatic life as the inspiration for a remodel. In his words it’s a “modern-day cabinet of curiosities.”In a move that Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, would surely appreciate, the pattern in the glass wall behind the specimens is the genetic code for a harbor seal.

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(2 of 2) Architect Neal Schwartz used his client’s collection of preserved aquatic life as the inspiration for a remodel. In his words it’s a “modern-day cabinet of curiosities.” In a move that Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, would surely appreciate, the pattern in the glass wall behind the specimens is the genetic code for a harbor seal.
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MCM glass and walnut cabinets
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suspension look
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jarred items - attractive herbs in kitchen
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Love the laboratory feel.
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Using jars of food and/or specimens
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More specimens and jars.
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Preserved Aquatic Life
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Preserved aquatic life collection
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the luminous aura of the frosted backdrop gives a erie scifi allure
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open shelves
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Fantastic use of glass in a curio cabinet. Love it!
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shelves by laundry area
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backlit wall in study
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wow awesome specimen wall!
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Hallway space
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For library/cocktail/game room wall using the Entry wall @ foyer. Display for bottles, books, wine glasses, etc. Use translucent glass and stained .
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s.s. rod for floating shelves
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October 31, 2013
idea: Put false frosted glass or plexiglass with colored LED lights hidden behind, and rocks on glass shelves in front.
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Shells in many jars
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apothecary jars for nature room
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Bar area
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Apothecary inspired!
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great idea for a boy's room - especially one that likes to collect things
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glass gar speciems
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Love this specimen display.
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hanging wall unit
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display ideas
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suspended shelving
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Open shelves
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like a specimen display!
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Collection display
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Open shelving and jars for office supplies
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For rocks
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Collection cabinet like
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shelf lighting
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again with the awesome shelves.
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black wall shelve
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Closer look
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So cool!
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glass jar display
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Display wall 2
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tempered glass lets you see behind shelving
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light wall and display shelving
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sleek storage 2.2 - collectible curios
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Lighted panels accentuate this collection.
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closer look
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Shelving for above sydney's desk?
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close-up detail of collection shelves and glass wall
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clean lines and opacity
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A closer view of the "collection" shelving.
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looks like kind of easy shelving
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CU of jars backlit shelving
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Great way to display shells!
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estantes para bar
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Display collections in jars
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nice display
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Shelf organization
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Glass jars on a shelf - yarn? Scraps?
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Vacation capsules!
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area between office and kitchen
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Good idea but different jars
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Shells in jars
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Take plastic "specimen" (use food storage jars) to collect toys and kid bits on a shelf.
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the wonderful collection of nature specimens
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Glass wall behind floating shelves
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Jars fill with aquatic parts
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display coins, collectibles in jars or on the wall
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Shelf rods and glass
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I love this idea for a pantry - but not all the dried organic matter found here!
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Create a collection
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specimen collection
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backlit display wall
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love the shelves
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open shelves
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What a great way to display shells
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Good for jimmys stuff. Nice all on one wall
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Cool idea
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awesome wall!
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love the shelves
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Rock collection
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alternate view of containers
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October 31, 2010
good idea from shells, sand, and stones from travel
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nice ocean objects display
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shells in induvidual jars
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I like the glass
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Displaying items
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March 9, 2010
Funky sea life specimen collection looks so cool on these open shelves.
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