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Antonio Pio Saracino is an Italian-born architect and designer based in New York City. In 2003, Saracino graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in architecture from Rome’s “La Sapienza” University of Architecture, where he worked as an assistant professor of architectural design. That same year he became a European licensed Architect. After graduation he worked with several Italian and U.S. architectural firms, including Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome.
Saracino has designed buildings, monuments and products in different industries. His work is part of the permanent collections at several museums, including: the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Since 2004, Saracino has collaborated with New York architect Steve Blatz on competitions, interior design and conceptual projects such as the Seed House in upstate New York. The pod-shaped residence received an American Architecture Award in 2007 from the Chicago Athenaeum and Museum of Architecture. Their design work for the Tibi boutique in SoHo was featured in Interior Design’s “Best of the Year” issue and the “Global Shop” section of Wallpaper*.
Saracino is a four-time winner of Interior Design’s Future Furniture design competition was named one of the world’s “25 most interesting trendsetters” by ARTnews and was recognized as one of the “Top Ten Italian Architects Under 36” by New Italian Blood.
In 2007-2008, after winning the Agorafolly Art competition in Brussels, Saracino created a public artwork in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the European Union.
In 2010, his work was selected for the 54th Venice Biennale. Over the past ten years, he’s exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Australia. His work has been featured in international publications, among them: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Vanity Fair, Wallpaper and Vogue.
Saracino designed the Formula One World Championship trophies from 2010-2013 for Eni, the worldwide leader in energy. In 2011 he built GATE 150, a monument commemorating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, which was installed in both the Caraffa Museum in Cordoba, Argentina, and the MuBE Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In 2012, Saracino designed and built an interactive installation for MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation that was broadcast live on the jumbo screens in Times Square.
In 2013, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design featured Saracino’s work in the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.” In Dubai, in 2013, for Design Days Dubai, Saracino created an interactive in-store exhibit for Bloomingdale’s “Celebrate the World” campaign that showcased his design work. Saracino’s Star furniture collection became available at Bloomingdale’s in the Dubai Mall. In the same year Saracino won the “Best of the Year Award” for residential projects from Interior Design magazine.
Also in 2013, in New York, Saracino designed The Guardians: Hero and Superhero, two 13-foot-tall sculptures, one in marble, the other in stainless steel, which sit at the entrance to Midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park and will remain on view indefinitely. The Superhero statue was commissioned by Equity Office and Hero was commissioned as a gift to the United States by the Italian Government and Eni. The Guardians: Hero, representing Italy with its inspiration from Michelangelo’s David, has been included in the 2014 exhibition in the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, honoring the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death. In April 2015 he was invited to design with Steve Blatz the Black Hole a pavilion for design week Milan in the courtyard of the Università degli Studi di Milano. In May 2015 he presented an edition of his HERO statue in exhibition in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, home of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David.
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“Saracino is among the most prolific italian industrial designers abroad and has been beatified by serial accolades.”
VOGUE, Italy, 2010 - Benedetta Pignatelli, Writer
“ ‘Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience,’ claimed Paul Cezanne. In that context, it is not too much of a stretch to say that design and architecture are a breeding ground for genius. So to call Antonio Pio Saracino a wunderkind reflects that he is not only leading his generation with a refreshing and unrelenting intellectual insight, perspective and commitment, but also that his thoughtful and transformative approach to objects, structures and bodies is literally creating our cities, ourselves – our world.”
IDENTITY, The Middle East’s interiors, design & property magazine, UAE, 2013 – Joanne Molina, Editor
“The Guardians appears to be typical of Saracino’s work as it skillfully combines digitally-generated architectural compositions with a striking innovative image.”
FRAME, Netherlands, 2014 - François-Luc Giraldeau, Writer
“If you want to feel the heartbeat and energy of Italy – powerful and emotional at the same time -simply look at the work of Antonio Pio Saracino, He perfectly understands the concept of the linear, and how to use straight lines for strength and curved lines for softness. His prime concern is the origin of material and form, and how to create new objects from this unusual sense of empathy.”
CASA LIVING, Korea, 2010 - Jin-Young Soo, Senior Editor
“The works of Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino give a whole new meaning to the term ‘moving experience’. His chairs are alive. They speak to your visual senses and dance to the rhythmic beat of your body.”
CURVE magazine, 2013 - Maha Majzoub, Editor
“From his Seed House to the Cocoon House to his modular chair, architect and designer Antonio Saracino explores technology, nature and us.”
ARTnews, New York City, 2007 – Jonathan Turner