Dressed head-to-toe in his signature black biker leather, Marino matched the cover of the book — although the latter had glossy striped accents. He autographed copies while seated behind a long white table inside Dior’s home department at the four-level Dior boutique, which he designed.
Marino said he didn’t realize the actual number of projects he’d commissioned until friends came to him with a book idea.
“It turns out that I had commissioned over 200 works of art and they went through all my archives and found them,” Marino told WWD. “They helped me put it together and make a statement about what I have done. It’s a very different process from buying art and hanging it on the wall; commissioning and working with the artist is a very different process. I am just really glad that they were able to make a record of my 32-year career.
“I got into architecture via fine arts and I was a sculptor myself and I have always involved artists in my projects. When I say involved, I mean I always bring artists in at the beginning projects before they’re built and say, ‘Will you do a room? Will you do a sculpture floating in mid-air? Will you make a chimney? Will you do something?’”
Marino, the go-to architect for brands including Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton, is known for embracing the brand identities of the various houses.
Published by Phaidon and written by Brad Goldfarb, the 240-page tome is the first book to focus on Marino’s collaborative nature and process for his retail projects.
It includes personal stories, notes, photographs and sketches. The book focuses on 37 of more than 250 commissioned works from 1986 to 2016 and is chronologically organized with each chapter devoted to a project with photographs of the completed works.
The book features a range of artists and works, from large-scale black-and-white abstract paintings created by the artist Robert Greene for the changing-room doors at the Chanel store in New York; to a gold leaf wall painting made by Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera for an oval-shaped room at the Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai; to the painted bronze lily-of-the-valley sculptures designed by sculptor David Wiseman for the Dior store in New York.
Marino began his career as an architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and trained with George Nelson and I.M. Pei before setting up his own firm in 1978. In the Seventies, Marino met Pat Hackett, editor of “The Andy Warhol Diaries,” which led him to a gig designing Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment at the Pierre Hotel.
He revamped Andy Warhol’s apartment and the Factory at 860 Broadway. He later started designing stores, such as Barneys, and has worked with designers including Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, Carla Fendi and Calvin Klein.
When he turned 50, he went back to riding his motorcycle to “reconnect with his youth,” and swapped his tailored suit for his signature black leather.
His future projects include hotels in Paris, London and Myanmar. In addition he will be working on private homes in Southampton, Los Angeles and Miami and the Louis Vuitton boutique at Place Vendôme in Paris.
“Peter Marino: Art and Architecture” is priced at 79.95 pounds, or $125, and the book is sold on phaidon.com on June 27.