Peter Marino is the world’s most wanted architect of luxury fashion stores and one of the most idiosyncratic personalities.
Louis Vuitton, Armani, Zegna, Calvin Klein, Fendi and Christian Dior are just the name of an extensive list of clients that he designed flagships and boutiques.
The innovative use of light and space and integration of contemporary artwork, Marino’s designs redefined the standard for upmarket retail design.
Beginning his career designing residential properties for some famous families but the focus of Marino was his attention on retail projects. In 1985 he was appointed by the Pressman family to assume a radical new project of Barneys New York. The project was crucial to define Marino’s profile and help his work to take off with labels such as Donna Karen.
Louis Vuitton Store, Bond Street London
The concept store was to act as a gallery for LV products and embody the feel of high fashion elegance and the nautical aesthetic for which LVMH has become known.
Dior boutique, SoHo New York
The retail setting may take glamorous cues from the brand’s iconic mothership on avenue Montaigne in Paris, but retains much of the buildings original elements.
Chanel , SoHo New York
The streamlined black and white graphicism of the boutique’s interior to offer an appropriate lifestyle for the customer that lives, works and shops in Soho.
Dior’s flagship store, Tokyo
SANAA designed the structural skin so Dior could choose its Peter Marino to redesign the internal spaces as a “updated” version of Dior’s worldwide flagship on Avenue Montaigne in Paris.
Louix Vuitton Étoile Maison, Rome
The store measures a rather grand 1,200 sqm. and is housed in a three-storey landmark building that previously accommodated the historical Spazio Étoile, the city’s very first movie theatre.