Fashion's star architect Peter Marino awarded Chevalier by France
- Published: 16/11/2012 at 11:35 AM
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Peter Marino, the leather-clad architect behind luxury retail spaces for Louis Vuitton, Armani, Dior and Chanel among others, has been awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Peter Marino at the Chanel show earlier this year ©FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP
Noted for his non-partisan affiliation, Marino is among the few stars of the design and fashion world who works with both Louis Vuitton parent company LVMH as well as Dior owner, luxury behemoth PPR.
Marino attended the ceremony at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs this week with his costume designer wife Jane Trapnell and daughter Isabelle Marino. His award was presented by French furniture expert Thierry Millerand.
Millerand lauded Marino for his architectural work redefining luxury retailing, as well as for his appreciation of France's cultural heritage. Marino is an avid collector of 19th-century French porcelain, and French Renaissance and Baroque bronzes.
Marino is also notable for his signature look, dressing exclusively in custom-made motorcycle leathers and sporting a number of tattoos. In fact, according to a recent Financial Times profile, Marino is one of a select few allowed to dine at NYC's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant and the University Club without the obligatory jacket and tie, due to a "character exemption", as he told the FT's Vanessa Friedman: "they had to fax over a picture, so it could be approved by the board. Then they finally said OK."
Marino was brought up in New Jersey and trained in Architecture at Cornell University. He established his practice in New York City. The architect's last three major projects include the Chanel store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris (2012), Loewe in Barcelona (2012) and the Louis Vuitton flagship at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (2011).
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