Designer Collaborations

Creating Original and Meaningful Impressions

It's All About Custom
John Strauss has over thirty years of experience working with interior designers. In the late 1980’s John worked in the atelier of Gabriel Giuntini in Brooklyn, NY where he received his craftmanship training, building custom furniture for designers such as Mark Hampton.

John’s Mother was an interior designer and she approached him in 1995 with an opportunity for an original furniture design ensemble for one of her clients, which resulted in his first Art Deco inspired collection. John’s Great Aunt, Mabel Schamberg was also an interior designer and was known for the interior design of the “House of Tomorrow” at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1934. Her name became part of John’s first line of furniture sold to the design trade.

Today, John has specialized in artistic and custom commissions for designers all over the country and recently Internationally as well. Together with Interior Designer and partner Carisa Marie, John has developed accessories and lighting that are also fully customizable. Carisa has brought the insight of an interior designer to the team, into the process of creating custom objects and also lending insight to what interior designers expect and want from a furniture manufacturer. It is her unique sensibility, honed in the Pacific North West that has lent some of the edge to Strauss Furniture’s designs over the last seven years. Carisa and John have teamed up to tackle some recent interior design projects together, so in sum, interior design is fully integrated both historically and contemporarily into Strauss Furniture!

In this section of the website, we would like to illustrate some of our collaborative designs as photographed by the interior designer’s company, demonstrating how a well-orchestrated project, using our resources, can anchor a room and create original and meaningful impressions on the home’s inhabitants and guests. We work closely with designers on color matching and can even incorporate fabric swatches into the design of our watercolor series cabinets. We can match a Sherwin Williams paint chip for a custom paint or match your stain sample for the finish you deserve.

We welcome you to visit these designer’s websites if you are in their region and consider hiring them for your own projects as they are all amazing artists.