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Architect and Interior Designer Peter Marino is a force to be reckoned with.  His design influence is almost everywhere you look in the high-end retail and interiors arena.  From Chanel to Louis Vuitton to Dior, LVMH pretty much has Marino on speed dial for his design expertise, and über chic sensibilities.  So many great interiors to choose from in his portfolio…here are the top contenders for me.

New York City penthouse

A glass-topped table by Claude Lalanne sits at one end of a large living and dining space in a Manhattan penthouse atop a hotel.  Neutrals are far from boring here due to Marino’s keen use of textures.  My favorite part?  The wall covering actually inlaid with Mother of Pearl.  Can you say luxe?!

dining room by Peter Marino

Amazing views are seen from the amazing Lalanne table, and more dramatic views come from above with an over scaled hand-blown chandelier.  Drama, drama, drama…but never overdone!

library by Peter Marino

In the same Manhattan penthouse, gleaming wood covers walls in the library/music room.  Marino’s signature club chairs and square-armed sofas join more Lalanne pieces, like the crocodile bench and chandelier.  Bookshelves are surrounded with more metalwork.  Modern art is also a staple of Marino interiors, even in the most traditional spaces (something I believe strongly in as well).

home of Giancarlo Giammetti

Valentino Garavani’s partner in business and life, Giancarlo Giammetti, had Marino design him a personal space in New York much more modern than Valentino’s interior preferences.  Marino obviously loves the work of Claude Lalanne (as do I), because this space features a chair (far left) like other spaces he’s designed.  The key with Lalanne to make it relevant for 2011 is to add it to a more modern space since his pieces are VERY over the top.  The custom round two-tier table wrapping around the architectural column is a great use of space and place to house books and objects…try this at home!  A large work by Cy Twombly hangs over bookshelves in the back and plays off of the white and grey palette.

living room by Peter Marino

Another living room/library has a great mix of upholstered pieces.  I love the patterned sofa that is almost built-in between the bookshelves.  More modern art hangs above.  My favorite english-arm chair times 4 works so well with the square-armed sofa and super cool fabric and wood slipper chairs that hug the floor.

room by Peter Marino

Of course being the fabulous designer he is, Marino designs fantastic furniture as well.  I love his more modern version of an english-arm chair, typically on caster feet.  I see a strong influence of Jean Michel Frank in his furniture.  Another Marino signature are his paneled window treatments.  Different colors and textures create stripes here and in many of his spaces.

living room by Peter Marino

A traditional room and furniture, modern art, and a bold sofa fabric make lovely companions here.  I even love how a Marino room is styled down to the multiple small flower arrangements on the large coffee table.

living room by Peter Marino

I dream of designing a grand tudor-style home like this.  A chartreusey yellow covers walls and is joined by its perfect complement blue, which we see here in many forms, from solid to patterned, light and dark.  Only Marino could add wicker to a room of this stature and with the more formal antiques found elsewhere with such ease.

room detail

Marino is always one to find unique pieces of furniture and objects that maybe no one else would use.  This pottery collection is indeed unique, as is the cabinet of curiosities that they sit on.

guest bedroom by Peter Marino

A guest room gets plenty of my favorite blue, from lacquered four-post beds with pale blue coverlets, walls in an energetic floral, and a super chic Line Vautrin-like mirror.

the Beverly Hills Chanel boutique

A LED screen is a prominent feature as you walk up the stairs, and changes periodically.  Karl Lagerfeld found his soul mate in design with Marino, because they have both brought a modern eye to the house of Chanel while never for a second turning their backs on the legend that is Coco Chanel.

Marino in front of the LED screen at Chanel

Peter Marino in his signature all black leather biker/S&M wardrobe, stands in front of the same LED screen as seen previously.

the Beverly Hills Chanel exterior

The concept for the Beverly Hills Chanel store, which was redone a few years ago, was to capture the iconic Chanel #5 (picture the little circle for number) box and translate it into architecture with the black trimmed white structure.  I think it was quite successfully achieved.

Chanel LA

A chic stretch of upholstery in shades of cream and beige at the LA boutique really lets the clothing shine.  A range of art pieces are found in all the Chanel stores, like the over sized quilted bag at left (a Chanel classic).

Camellia flower sculpture by Johan Creten

One of many pieces commissioned for the reopening in Beverly Hills is this bust covered in porcelain camellias, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower.

pretty details

A gorgeous chandelier hangs above metal deer like the ones found in Coco’s Paris apartment (above the Paris Chanel boutique).

a Chanel boutique

Inlaid screens guard each side of a stone fireplace with rock crystal “logs” inside of it, which is something seen at the LA boutique as well.  Chanel tweed covers Marino-designed sofas that flank a black lacquered cocktail table.


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