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A New Catalogue of Architect Scott Mitchell’s Oeuvre Explores His Shinto-Inspired Minimalism

Scott Mitchell Houses showcases the Los Angeles architect’s mastery of restrained design.

By Claire Butwinick

Evening at the Malibu, California, home of real-estate entrepreneur Kurt Rappaport. The architecture and landscaping are by Scott Mitchell Studio, and the interiors are by Denise Kuriger Design. (Architectural Digest, June 2014)

California-based architect Scott Mitchell’s landmark residences are characterized both by what they renounce (excessive opulence) and what they embrace (purity of form and space).

Informed by Japanese minimalism and Shinto aesthetics, Mitchell’s works are fusions of rich organic materials, sculptural concrete, and seamless connections to the natural landscape.

This May, Rizzoli debuts the book Scott Mitchell Houses, a charting of the architect’s design trajectory from a modern interpretation of an 18th-century farmhouse to the monumental Malibu estate seen in Tom Ford’s 2016 film Nocturnal Animals.

The book includes a foreword by architectural critic Paul Goldberger and contributions from longtime friend Calvin Klein. “I am most happy with the way that the book conveys, through the voices of contributors and friends, the emotional impact of what I aspire to create in my work,” says Mitchell.


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