CAREY M. SMOOT, JR.

Posted On March 13th, 2011 -

CAREY M. SMOOT, JR.
May 13, 1947 – February 10, 2011

Carey Smoot, Hawaii’s “maverick designer”, died in Bali, Indonesia February 10, 2011. He leaves behind his son, Keir J. Smoot, daughter Netha S. Smoot, daughter Hillary B. Smoot, numerous cousins and many friends and colleagues.
Born in Oakland, California, he was son of Carey M. Smoot and Betty (Frank) Smoot. Raised in Kailua, Hawaii Carey attended Kailua High School but returned to the Mainland to graduate from La Sierra High in Carmichael, California in 1965. In 1966 he joined the Navy and served in VietNam. Returning after his tour of duty, he attended California Institute of the Arts to study design and receive his Masters Degree.
In 1972, while still in college, he started his first company: Envirotecture. It employed 36 artisans, craftsmen and construction specialists who pioneered the use of elliptical domes and other non-rectilinear structures based on forms found in nature. Stories about Smoot’s creative design ideas circulated and, before long, film and rock music stars were having him build their dream homes based on his unusual ideas.
Tiring of the rock ‘n roll California scene he moved home to Kailua, Hawaii. In 1991 Smoot formed Source Tropical, a design firm promoting his style of tropical design, as well as KokoBambu which provided tropical building materials. His many projects throughout the Hawaiian islands and Pacific Rim include the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui (which won the Kahili Award for best design), the Paul Mitchell Estate in Lanikai (which features a double-curved backbone ridge beam over an oval-shaped building resembling a whale), many precut “Minahasa-style” houses imported from his factory in Indonesia, and countless examples of his unique philosophy in residential remodels and new home designs.
In 2006 Carey moved to Bali and continued his quest to promote tropical architecture on an international level.
Cremation ceremony was held in Bali, Indonesia, and private ceremony will be held by family in Hawaii.


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