ben & makoto of scout regalia
Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani run their multitasking design studio, Scout Regalia, out of their home in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. Their home is their design laboratory — they have an unclad teepee in their backyard, and their new line of garden products and outdoor furniture was inspired by what they wanted to see and do in their own backyard. Thanks, Ben & Makoto! — Amy A.
Image above: Our bookcase is a prototype of the SR Bookcase, the first of our indoor furniture pieces that we released last year.
Image above: Another workboard hangs in the kitchen, which is sort of an extension of our Homasote pin-up wall in the living room. Stumptown coffee and pigeon-shaped cookies are a must-have for working from home.
Image above: Our SR Patio Garden filled with homegrown herbs in our side yard.
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Image above: While we work from our home office, our living room is also comfortable enough to host get-togethers and accommodate friends. Our Hans Wegner sofa, which we found on Craigslist for a ridiculous deal, turns into a day bed, which is great for hosting weekend guests. The sofa is covered in a hand-woven wool saddle blanket.
Image above: The kitchen has original tiles and cabinets from when our place was built in 1949.
Image above: Working from our home office in Echo Park, we’ve adapted our living room to utilize it more as a workspace, complete with a Homasote-clad wall that we use as an inspiration board and pin-up space. Our worktable is made of solid core doors over plywood storage boxes that we built.
Image above: We found this old arrow sign in an antique store in upstate New York. The drawings above them are some drawings that Makoto did for her graduate thesis at SCI-Arc, where we both went to grad school.
Image above: Vintage Pantone swatches hang over the bed, which is covered in a quilt that Makoto’s mom made over 30 years ago. We recently designed and built a couple of side tables, both painted in slightly different hues of gray with a yellow tabletop.
Image above: The unclad teepee in our backyard, along with the prototype of our SR Outdoor Table Set.
Image above: Our Scout Regalia stamp, sitting on top of a piece of Alder that we were testing finishes on. You can see some of our knob options for the SR Bookcase.