Sophisticated Living July/Aug 2015


Interior designer Brian Gibson of DIGS helms the renovation of a Carl Strauss home near Hyde Park into a Zen retreat for its owners

Happily ensconced in a craftsman-style bungalow in Hyde Park, this energetic and entrepreneurial husband and wife team had no intentions of moving, until they got wind of the covetable Carl Strauss-designed home getting ready to hit the market.  Offer accepted and deal done, the couple enlisted the services of interior designer Brian Gibson of DIGS to make the residence more conducive to their lifestyle while remaining cognizant of and true to Strauss' design.

Architect Carl Strauss is credited with some 100 contemporary homes (save one traditional example designed for his mother) throughout Greater Cincinnati over the course of his prolific career, which began in the 1930's (Strauss died in 2002). This example, tucked amidst more imposing Gothics and Tudor examples on bluff above the Ohio River, displays a palpable Frank Lloyd Wright bent (Strauss was a fan of his work), but with distinctive Strauss hallmarks, such as a deep respect for nature that blurs the lines between inside and out, rectilinear forms, the use of striated plywood, oversized sliding doors and ample walls of glass.  The home's pitched roof is cited as being atypical for Strauss.

Not entirely original in its present state, the footprint and significant design elements remain largely the same, with subsequent alterations enhancing the livability of the residence in accordance with 21st century standards.  Prior owners linked the previously detached garage to the home by enclosing a breezeway at the entry and adding pyramidal skylight.  The resulting atrium creates a feeling of arrival , and for the current owners, the opportunity to introduce their distinct aesthetic. Read More.......