Don’t get fooled by the motorcycle fan look or the edgy provocative style, the architect and designer Peter Marino is in fact the creator of most magnificent and luxurious buildings and interiors of countless prestigious high-fashion brands throughout the world.
Deco New York presents you today the profile of this iconic creator and an exclusive interview that Mr.Marino gave to Vogue Italia.
His signature look is full-on biker: black leather pants, boots, and cap, with a tight black T-shirt over bulging biceps, and often a pair of black shades. Architect and designer Peter Marino is a big motorcycle fan and a big New York personality. He got his start in the mid-’70s, renovating the Upper East Side townhouse of Andy Warhol and the third “Factory.” Today, Marino is one of the biggest names in buildings. He has worked closely to Andy Warhol too.
He’s designed more high-fashion boutiques in high-fashion capitals than any other architect in the business. The 59-year-old Marino won an AIA Institute Honor Award in 2007 for his semi-transparent Louis Vuitton boutique in Hong Kong, but he has received just as much attention for his Chanel Tower in the Ginza district of Tokyo, for which he introduced a new form of LED embedded glass.
One of the secrets behind the man in black is his rare approach of treating design as an all-inclusive, one-stop shop: inside, outside, and everything in between gets the full Marino treatment. Lately he’s been working in the Middle East, where an influx of money and progressive aesthetics have allowed him to press his ideas into new shapes and heights.
Architect Peter Marino has one golden rule: never work with lawyers. Understandable when you’ve collaborated instead with the likes of Andy Warhol and Alain Elkann, who asks Peter about art, style, France, mediocrity and motorcycles.
Take an exclusive look at Marino’s Interview to Vogue Italia!