Mitchell Smith (1955- )
A Passion For Mid-Century Architecture and Wabi Sabi
Born in 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mitchell Smith studied mechanical engineering at Indiana University Purdue, Indianapolis. His career took him to InterDesign Group as a draftsman and later to Everett I. Brown Architectural Engineering Services as a CAD Operator. After moving to Seattle, he worked 10 years at Callison Architecture as a CAD Lead designing offices and retail stores including retail malls in both Seattle and across the US. Projects at Callison included Nordstrom Stores, Boeing Chicago, Seattle Space Needle, Microsoft Campus & various bank buildings.
Smith extensive travels throughout Asia including Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, and The People's Republic of China enhanced his appreciation for the role of architecture in creating healthy, comforting living spaces as well as his understanding of ancient design principles.
In 2003, Smith founded Mitchell Smith Design Build so that he could offer clients full design build services. With this move, Smith step out from behind the drafting table to exercise his passion for creating inspiring residential living spaces. This practice focuses on design and appreciation of timeless architecture including envisioning the potential of historic mid-century residences through renovating archaic floor plans into simpler & more open spaces suitable for modern living.
Smith's fascination with architecture also embraces nature, taking his cues from the lush and green environs of the Pacific Northwest. So many of his projects capitalize on natural settings as well as the aesthetic principles of Japanese design, particularly of the aesthetics system known as wabi-sabi Characteristics of the wabi sabi include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. This concept reveals comfort and simplicity; an ideal formula for enhancing authentic mid-century modern design.
Smith's current practice areas include design-build, landscape design & construction, mid-century modern remodeling, and tenant improvement projects.
Mitchell has drafted plans for an addition to the house which would include an upstairs master suite with deluxe viewing deck overlooking the bamboo garden. The plans are available for inspection here. The addition would expand the Main House at Bali Modern to approximately 2,050+ SF.