Peter Marino is the principal of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, a 160-person, New York–based architecture firm founded in 1978. Widely credited with redefining modern luxury through an equal emphasis on architecture and interior design, Marino’s work includes award-winning residential, retail, cultural, and hospitality projects worldwide.
Well known for integrating art within his architectural designs, Marino has commissioned more than 300 site-specific works of art.
So it should surprise no one that when Marino staged the first exhibition of his art, in mid-February, the event was far from low-key.
The six cabinets in the show, as he explained, were inspired by the residential doors he’d had built over the past two decades— including one for the Amons—and each weighed several hundred pounds and took eight men eight weeks to complete.
Yet his enthusiasm for the cabinets was anything but dulled. Marino, who claims to be “allergic to Archi-speak,” expounded on time-honored foundry techniques and industrial-strength bank-vault pivot hinges with a geeky zeal that rivaled a watch fanatic discussing the intricacies of Swiss haute horology.
He showed the cabinets alongside pieces from his personal art collection, including bronze antiquities and modern paintings and sculptures by Andy Warhol, Not Vital, Robert Mapplethorpe, Damien Hirst, and Claude Lalanne.