Peter Marino the iconoclast



The designer and architect, newly appointed knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, has created some of the most beautiful shops in the world.

Which building did you prefer to build?

Peter Marino: Chanel Tower in Ginza, Tokyo. We invented a new type of glass for the facade that had never been used before.

Your professional dream?

Peter Marino: To build an opera, social housing, a public school. In 2000, I won a competition for an opera in Palm Beach that never came to fruition for lack of funding. I would love to create one. I would also like to work on social housing to really improve people's lives.

What inspires you?

Peter Marino: Painting, nature (landscapes), music (opera).

Your favorite hotel?

Peter Marino: The Courtyard Marriott in Tokyo.

The most important for you in a hotel?

Peter Marino: A large, immaculate bathroom and a magnificent gym.

In a restaurant ?

Peter Marino: I do not eat at the restaurant.

And in a flagship?

Peter Marino: Space, light and humor. I try to create places that we want to explore, not places that we just want to leave the gates.

What makes the success of an establishment?

Peter Marino: It must be beautiful, functional and warm.

The biggest misstep?

Peter Marino: That he is pretentious.

Your style in three words?

Peter Marino: Modern, deep and material.

Your color?

Peter Marino: Black. It symbolizes speed, strength, virility.

The city where you would like to live?

Peter Marino: New York. This is where I live.

The monuments that you always enjoy visiting?

Peter Marino: Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, Utah. The Louvre in Paris. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

A contemporary that you admire?

Peter Marino: The Aga Khan. Expert in architecture, his humanist approach is unparalleled.

A competitor that you like?

Peter Marino: Zaha Hadid.

Your definition of elegance?

Peter Marino: Achieve the maximum with the least effort.

What do you like to convey?

Peter Marino: May life be fulfilled, rich and wonderful.

Your projects ?

Peter Marino: In 2012 we completed achievements for clients such as Celine, Chanel, Dior, Graff, Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Zegna, USA, Europe and Asia. New projects include boutiques for Guerlain and Bulgari in Rome; for Zegna, Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, Los Angeles and London; a hotel-spa-mall in Beirut, and several private housing projects all over the world.

What are the major dates of your career?

Peter Marino: My meeting with Andy Warhol and the layout of the Factory. And when Fred Pressman entrusted me with the design of the Barneys store in New York, project followed by 17 others for the brand, around the world. Last November, I had the honor of being named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

Bio express

1978 : He founded his agency in New York. 1995 : First collaboration with the LVMH group. 1992 : He makes the Barneys shop in New York. 2006 : He is voted the most influential person in the world of fashion by the "New York Magazine". 2012 : He is appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.