Peter Marino is considered one of the most important American architects of our times shaping the global fashion industry. Fame arrived when he was brought in to style the private home of Andy Warhol and the Manhattan apartment of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent. Known for his opulent and contemporary style, he designed Chanel boutiques in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore; LouisVuitton’s Shanghai store; Céline in New York and some of the top hospitality spots in the world (Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club in Santa Barbara; the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia; the penthouse and presidential suites at Four Seasons Hotel New York).
Anyway, fashion system and a luxury portfolio are just the surface of his deep world. What many people may not know is that Peter Marino is also extremely interested in landscape architecture. The Garden of Peter Marino - out from Rizzoli and penned by the man himself - shows his personal aesthetic through wildly romantic gardens.
“The garden is a culmination of 21 years of my Saturdays: a private passion; a healing, creative antidote to the stressful vicissitudes of modern life,” Marino explains talking about his Hamptons home. “I have this Alice in Wonderland idea in my head that a garden should be a place of wonderment. The French use gardens to show grandeur and the English to show how things have endured for hundreds of years, but for me they’re all about fantasy.” Marino loves plants and flowers, especially peonies for their uniquefullness as well as the statuesque iris. “I understand why Van Gogh painted irises,” he explains. “They are truly outer space cadets; exoticsculptures; almost anthropomorphic.”
His architecture of colour is simply and elegant, defining spaces so each section is its owncolour – purple, pink, yellow, and so on – but with green borders, like theragged edge on watercolour paper. And yet, nature remains a mistery and what you learn ist hat you can’t control everything. “We have a thousand hydrangea plants bordering the house and they were all supposed to be pink, but a handful of them keep turning purple,” Marino explains in the book. “The most interesting parts of the garden are the accidents, the bits that don’t conform to a plan.”