Art & Design

July 12, 2016

Meet the Leather Daddy of Luxury

And check out Peter Marino's work across art and architecture

  • Written by Stuart Brumfitt

If your first art-architectural commission is from Andy Warhol for The Factory, you’re bound to find fame. Since Peter Marino worked for the Pop Artist in the 1970s, he’s gone on to collaborate with and commission the likes of Damien Hirst, Peter Schelsinger and Antony Gormley and create spaces for designers and houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Azzedine Alaïa.

Repping for the radical in his leather caps, chaps and giant skull rings, Marino is one of the last great characters roaming round fashion circles. But like Karl Lagerfeld, he’s more than just a perfectly honed look: he’s been instrumental in changing the landscape of retail and private spaces with his combination of architecture and artistic commissions.

A new book from Brad Goldfarb, Peter Marino: Art Architecture, looks at the luxury brand spaces, private residences and hotels that he’s transformed worldwide, assessing his collaborations with contemporary artists in separate chapters. In her introduction to the book, art historian Gay Gassmann gives context to Marino’s unique approach, explaining, “He is not only the go-to architect for his design expertise in all things luxury, in both retail and residential, but he is also sought after for his commitment to placing and commissioning contemporary art in the majority of design projects.”

Check out a selection of his collaborations with the likes of James Turrell, Anselm Reyle, Martine Kline and Kimiko Fujimura above.

Peter Marino: Art Architecture by Brad Goldfarb (Phaidon) is out now.

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