Born in Exeter, and the son of a watercolour artist and a seamstress, Simon Mitchell grew up in a creative home environment. His passion for architecture was evident at the age of nine, when he won the South-West Schools' competition to design a 'house of the future'. As a student in architecture, he took a keen interest in the works of architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Charles Eames, Pierre Chareau and Jan Kaplicky. After the final year of his diploma in architecture at Greenwich University, he joined Future Systems, where he played a key role in the development of award-winning projects such as the media centre at Lord's cricket ground and an earthsheltered private house on the coast of Wales.
In 2002 he set up Sybarite with Torquil McIntosh, a graduate architect from Paris. The practice has created more than 40 shop fit-outs worldwide for clients such as Marni, Joseph, Cox & Power and Guys & Dolls. It is currently working on major international projects in the Middle East and Paris, and producing its own furniture collection.