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His signature “all-black-leather” look surely clashes with the purity, the lightness and the chic of his design.

No surprise: it’s Peter Marino, the archistar who revolutionized the concept of the high end boutiques worldwide (Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, to name a few), and created some of the most exquisite spaces for the rich& famous ( from Agnelli to Warhol and everyone in between). He is by all means a true study in contrast.

A huge motorcycle fan, who dresses accordingly, Marino loves his Harley Davidsons as well as his Meissen porcelains and Renaissance bronzes (his sculpture collection was the subject of two exhibitions last year, at the Wallace Collection in London and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California).

Though might be spotted with Kylie Minogue and other popular performers, he is a superb connoisseur of chamber music. To the crowed concerts in stadiums, he prefers the more refined ones in his New York apartment with a string quartet playing in front of his very selective list of guests.
And yes, he grew up in New York, but he speaks with peculiar British accent which sometimes lapses into American teenage slang.

Peter, who often refers to himself in the third person as Pedro, is one of the most renowned architects and designers, winner of gazillion of awards and commander- in -chief of a two story studio in Midtown Manhattan filled with contemporary art and photography.

He opened his own firm in 1978, after graduating with an architecture degree from Cornell University and working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, George Nelson and I.M. Pei/ Cossutta &Ponte.
Discovered by Andy Warhol, who hired him for the renovation of his Upper East Side townhouse and his “third” Factory, Marino quickly gained the reputation of being the master of modern luxury, blending the past and the present in seamless environments, engaging a constant dialogue between exteriors and interiors, and emphasizing materiality, texture, scale and light.

While he continues design houses for a stellar list of international jetsetters, Marino is now mostly known as the king of high-end fashion brands architecture.
His first retail project was the flagship store of Barney’s New York on Madison Av., followed soon by the Armani boutique, also on Madison Av.

Today he has designed more glam boutique in fashion capitals than any other architect in the business, and he has been credited with popularizing the use of natural light in the stores, conceiving the building as an architectural tactical expression of the spirit of the fashion house, and collaborating with fine artists to get their interpretation of the brand.

Marino received A.I.A. awards for his Chanel stores in Osaka, on Robertson Blvd in L.A., and in Rue Cambon in Paris; for the Fendi boutique in Beverly Hills, for the Zegna flagship store in NY, and for the Louis Vuitton store in Hong Kong.

His most recent projects include a Chanel townhouse in Paris, a Louis Vuitton store in Singapore and a Dior store in Hong Kong.

Among his near-future ones are a Lancôme flagship also in Hong Kong, two Celine concept stores a New York and in Paris, and a huge complex in Beirut.

His cultural design projects include the Zwinger Porcelain Collection and the Meissen Animal Collection at the Dresden Museum in Germany, the Nassau County Museum of Art (for which he received an A.I.A. Award of Merit), and a 2010 retrospective of the work of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

In 2010 Peter Marino was among Architectural Digest’s top 100 International Designers and Architects, and the World’s Top 30 Architects by Robb Report.

In 2006 he was named Most Influential by the New York Magazine for his contribution on the fashion industry.

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