They not only display the clients' collection of art and literature, but are themselves an architectural element of the Craftsman-style home.
The design was created by the clients' friend, architect Paul Helmer, to flank either side of the original French doors leading to an outside deck. He completed the effect with lights inside the cabinets as well as period lighting sconces on the wall above.
The wood, like all trim in the residence and much of Craftsman furniture and woodwoork, is quartersawn red oak, distinctive for its ray or flake figure.
The cases and shelves are made of double-thickness lumber, to harken back to time when most lumber was full dimension.
The left unit has a storage compartment below, with burnished hardware to match the Craftsman style.
After matching the color of the existing wood trim, the cabinets were finished with four coats of satin urethane varnish.
Wood: Quartersawn Red Oak.