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Caselli ResidenceModern Home Office, San Francisco

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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maryan01 wrote:May 23, 2014
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    Schwartz and Architecture

    They are hung from the ceiling! I took lots of details to make it work!

  • maryan01

    Thank you for your reply.

    By that, do you mean bolted through to the timbers in the roof above the ceiling?

tskn (Sunset 24, USDA Zone 10a) wrote:Jun 8, 2012
  • jshilander
    Where does the glass wall come from? How is it installed? Thanks!
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    Schwartz and Architecture
    It is a custom glass pattern we developed for the client out of clear and translucent glass.
    Neal
judyearthman wrote:Mar 30, 2014
Audrey Hennefer wrote:Jul 11, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

mbleasdale
Apartment 46 for the Home added this to So Your Style Is: Curiosity-Cabinet ChicSep 3, 2014

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.

kurtcyr
Kurt Cyr added this to 12 Deadly Decorating SinsMar 18, 2014

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.

ericreinholdt
Eric Reinholdt, Architect added this to Design Workshop: The Many Highlights of TranslucencyNov 1, 2013

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.

houzz
Houzz added this to Curio CabinetOct 26, 2012

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.

sam70
Samantha Schoech added this to Goth Glamour for Halloween and BeyondOct 9, 2012

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.

cninteriors
Charmean Neithart Interiors added this to 11 Spaces That Aced High SchoolSep 3, 2012

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.

cathylara
Cathy Lara added this to 6 Extraordinary Collections Show True PassionJul 5, 2012

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.

vanessa_brunner
Vanessa Brunner added this to Collections: Create Art With the Things You LoveMar 24, 2011

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.

becky
Becky Harris added this to Collecting Without ClutteringOct 24, 2010

Grouping a variety of items in similar containers is another way to keep things looking orderly...

susanbetweennapsontheporch
Between Naps on the Porch added this to Collections: Display That Which You Love...Sep 17, 2010

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?

kitpollard
Kit Pollard added this to 10 Displayed Collections That Make Me DroolJun 11, 2010

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.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

kristin_emmett
Emmett Electric, Inc. added this to Collections- DisplayFeb 3, 2019

love that the clear glass and acrylic containers "allow" these items to be more of a display than a collection of junk. Beautiful!

phantomrose42
Zoe Alexander added this to phantomrose42's ideasApr 22, 2018

I'd love something like this to showcase collectibles!

slelms
slelms added this to Home Office IdeasApr 11, 2018

Shelving like this would be great for displaying all of our Disney/TIA stuff and get it up and out of the way. Some sort of lighting on the shelves should be considered

andrea_andrade41
Andrea Andrade added this to studio spaceJan 28, 2018

botanical samples suspended in glass jars

webuser_7917047
Leigh-Ann Reid added this to Dining roomJan 17, 2018

I love animals so I love love love the idea of a big shelf full of animal specimens

searchers79
searchers79 added this to Favorites 66Jan 12, 2018

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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