Almost Anything Goes

Mike Schwartz’s eclectic collection of found objects comes together in a uniquely fabulous way.

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[Kitchen]  the kitchen features a blend of textures like the glazed cabinets, antique tiles on the backsplash and reclaimed wood planks for backsplashes. a wine cabinet from china now serves as a center island. Photograph by Jared Castaldi“There are many different widths and lengths and various kinds of woods,” he says. “Some of it is painted red, some is painted white, and some has never been painted at all.”

In the family room, planks were hand-selected and laid to form a carpet of textures and colors, with some wood installed paint-side-up to contrast with the natural hues of the unpainted planks. In the master bedroom, lengths of rare chestnut were installed as a border to showcase their warmth.

The corridor from the master bedroom to the bath is a unique interpretation of parquet flooring in which a variety of woods are cut in small planks and set in quilt-like patterns to show off the various grains and finishes.

“I walk this path every day, so it’s important to me,” he says.

Schwartz discovered many of the reclaimed architectural elements throughout the house at Material Culture, a seller of antique and vintage furnishings and art in the cavernous train garage of the Atwater Kent Radio Factory, built in the 1920s in Philadelphia. The ornately carved piece that serves as a center island in the kitchen was originally a wine cabinet, crafted from elm in China’s Shandong Province in the late 19th century.

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