Tour Scott Mitchell's finest residential designs

A new publication by Rizzoli New York offers a window to a series of modernist inspired residential gems from Los Angeles-based Scott Mitchell Studio

3. Malibu
Malibu.courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio
(Image credit: Scott Frances/OTTO)

If the dreamy embrace of sofa travelling is what you're after, this tome by Rizzoli New York is guaranteed to set the scene for some serious house envy. Titled Scott Mitchell Houses and out this month, the book is a beautifully put together exploration of a series of Scott Mitchell Studio's finest residential projects. 

The Los Angeles design studio was set up by Mitchell in 1999 and has since completed a range of private residences, inspired by the clean modernism of revered architects such as Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Louis I. Kahn and Rudolph M. Schindler. 

Characterised by their distinct use of light and material, which puts tactile, soft textures against concrete and natural materials on centre stage, these residences have a strong, unifying aesthetic that has become something of a signature for the studio. Mitchell's work effortlessly balances airy, geometric, contemporary architecture and comforting, subtle luxury. 

Scott Mitchell House

 courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

(Image credit: Scott Frances /courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio)

The book's journey takes us through eight key commissions, spanning a variety of geographical locations and environments, from the Hamptons to Melbourne. 

The studio aspires ‘to produce buildings, which are humanistic through their honesty of expression and integrity, with a refined sense of order, scale and materiality, creating spaces that transcend utility and style,' explains Mitchell.

Scott Mitchell Houses, offering a number of previously unseen imagery and new information, celebrates two decades of design from the dynamic firm – and also includes a foreword with conntribution by fashion designer Calvin Klein.

2. Holmby Hills by Trevor Mein

Holmby Hills. courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

(Image credit: Trevor Mein)

Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills. courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

(Image credit: Trevor Mein)

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove. courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

(Image credit: Scott Frances)

Paradise Cove exterior

Paradise Cove.courtesy Scott Mitchell Studio

(Image credit: Scott Frances)


Scott Mitchell Houses, published by Rizzoli New York, is availalbe from May 2020.

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).