July 11, 2013 Parade Inc.

Architect Spotlight: Peter Marino

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Peter Marino has undoubtedly become a household name in the architecture and interior design realms.

His firm, Peter Marino Architect, dominates the fashion retail market — the team has designed stores for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Céline, you name it. Spanish luxury designer Loewe just revealed a newly renovated Paris boutique that was designed by Peter Marino. Though the firm has garnered much of its fame through its high-end boutique design work, Marino told The Telegraph “boutiques are only 40 per cent of our business…mostly what we do are new buildings. The boutiques get huge publicity, but the houses are for super-wealthy people, and they don’t want to talk about it. So most of our best work is never published.”

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Marino has six Associates and 160 employees working out of offices in Midtown Manhattan, Southampton and Philadelphia. He launched his career in New York in the 70’s, and among his first projects was Andy Warhol’s residence in the Upper East Side. Of his work for Warhol, he told Interview Magazine “Working for Andy opened up a lot of doors and allowed me to like a lot of things that they tell you in architecture school you aren’t supposed to like.” He also designed Manhattan homes for Yves Saint Laurent  and Pierre Bergé. These projects launched him into the art and fashion scenes in NYC and abroad. 

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He officially established Peter Marino Architects in 1978 and since then has led the firm to consistently design stunning structures and interiors for high-profile clients. Marino has been recognized by and received awards from the AIA, Architectural Digest, Interior Design Magazine and the MIIPIM. And he’s gotten attention for more than his work — his edgy all-black, leather-slathered personal style choices have made him an oft-photographed symbol. 

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