Antonio Pio Saracino

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Antonio Pio Saracino
Born Apulia, Italy
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome
Occupation Architect
Awards 2007 American Architecture Award
Buildings Seed House
Diver's House

Antonio Pio Saracino (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔnjo ˈpio saraˈtʃino]; born 1976) is an Italian architect and designer based in New York City.[1][2][3] Saracino has designed monuments, buildings, and modern furniture,[4] and several of his designs are part of the permanent collections of museums such the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.[5][6] Saracino's work has been shown in international exhibitions and received reviews in publications such as The New York Times and Architectural Digest. Among his notable projects are the public statues The Guardians: Hero and Superhero in Manhattan's Bryant Park.[1][2][3] Vogue named Saracino "among the most prolific Italian designers abroad."[2]


Saracino was born in 1976 in Apulia, in the south of Italy,[7] and attended the La Sapienza University of Architecture in Rome, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in 2003.[5] He worked at La Sapienza as an assistant professor of architectural design and also worked with several international architectural firms.[1] In 2004 Saracino began collaborating with Steve Blatz, an architect based in New York.[8] Saracino has created designs for several companies and individuals such as Eni, MTV Staying Alive Foundation,[9] Bloomingdales, the Italian government, Matt Mitcham.[10][11][12]

Saracino's work has been placed as part of the permanent collections in several museums such as the Brooklyn Museum,[13][14][15] and has been shown in solo and group exhibitions both in Italy and internationally.[1] He has won several awards for his work and received accolades from ARTnews magazine and New Italian Blood.[16][17][18]

The Museum of Arts and Design in New York featured Saracino’s work in the 2013 exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.[14]

In 2013 Saracino was commissioned to design a public art project for Bryant Park in Manhattan, entitled The Guardians: Hero and Superhero.[4] The project consisted of two 13-foot-high statues, one made of marble and one made of stainless steel, that depicted "legendary civic heroes".[19] The first statue, The Guardians: Hero was inspired by Michelangelo’s "David", and was created as a gift by the Italian Government and Eni to symbolize friendship between Italy and the United States.[20]


Saracino's work has been the focus of several reviews. Vogue reviewed him positively, remarking that Saracino was "among the most prolific Italian industrial designers abroad and has been beatified by serial accolades."[2] He has also been covered in publications such as The New York Times,[4] Architectural Digest, Interior Design, and Wallpaper.[1][21]


Awards won by Antonio Pio Saracino[1]
Year Award Location/details Category Result
2005 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition Editor's Choice Award Won
Future Furniture Design Competition Interior Design Magazine Expanding horizontal LED light Won
Adjustable skin screen Won
Folded layer table Won
2006 Dynamic screen Won
2007 Agorafolly Europalia, Brussels Won
International Art Competition Brussels Won
American Architecture Award Chicago Museum of Architecture Won
2009 European Design Award
(for a sustainable present)
EESC, Brussels Finalist
2010 Award Re Manfredi for Architecture Design Manfredonia, Italy Won
2011 New Italian Blood Award Top Ten Italian Architect under 36 Saracino Shortlisted
2013 Best of the Year Awards Interior Design Magazine Large Apartment Won


Saracino has designed buildings, monuments and modern furniture.[4] A selection of his design include:


  • Tribeca Penthouse, New York City, 2013[22]
  • Villino Residence, Apulia, Italy, 2013
  • Hexa-Residence, Apulia, Italy, 2013
  • Diver house, Sydney, 2010[7][10]
  • Seed House, Upstate NY, 2007[1][7][23]
  • Cocoon House (Concept study), New York City, 2007
  • Doctor’s Office, Rome, EUR, 2012
  • Dentist Office, Chicago Lincoln Park, 2013
  • Vertical SPA (Competition), Rome, 2011
  • Tennis Club (Competition), Sweden, 2008
  • Art Hotel (Concept study), New York City, 2007[24]
  • MaxWax Salon, New York City, 2009[7]
  • Tibi Showroom, New York City, 2007
  • Tibi Boutique, New York City, 2006 [25]
  • Tweezerman Boutique, Sao Paulo, 2008
  • IIC NY, New York City, 2008
  • Piazza King Manfredi, Apulia, Italy, 2011

Public art[edit]

  • 2010: "Arc of Triumph," Rome
  • 2011: "GATE 150," Washington DC[26]
  • 2011: "Holocaust Memorial" (competition), New Jersey
  • 2012: "Big Bang," New York
  • 2012: "GATE 200," Cordoba
  • 2012: "GATE 150," Sao Paulo
  • 2012: "Monument to Futurism," Rome
  • 2012: "Observation Tower," France
  • 2012: "The Globe," Los Angeles[27]
  • 2013: "The Arches of Hopes," New York City[9]
  • 2013: "City Within," Dubai[11][12]
  • 2013: "The Guardians: Hero and Superhero", New York City[4][19][28]


  • Egg Shelves, 2012[29]
  • Flow Sofa, 2014
  • Gem Light, 2013
  • Grape, Low table, 2013
  • Hexa Lounge, 2014
  • Pythagoras Bowl, 2011[30]
  • Star Chair / Armchair, 2013[31]
  • Star Coffee Table, 2013[31]
  • Clover Chair, 2013
  • Leaf Chair, Edition, 2011[7][24]
  • Blossom Chair,[17] Edition, 2010[24]
  • Deer Chair, Edition, 2011 [32]
  • Molecular Chair,[33] Edition, 2010 [12]
  • Modular Chair, Edition, 2009 [29]
  • Folded Layer Table, Edition, 2005
  • Adjustable Screen, Edition, 2005
  • Dynamic Screen, Edition, 2006
  • Expanding Light, Edition, 2005
  • Formula One Trophy, Eni, 2010-13[7]
Permanent collections
  • Ray Sofa, Edition, 2010, Permanent Collection Museum of Arts and Design, New York City[14]
  • Ray Chair, Edition, 2010, Permanent Collection Powerhouse Museum, Sydney[15]
  • Cervo Chair,[17] Edition, 2010, Permanent Collection Brooklyn Museum, New York City[13][34][35]


Group shows[edit]

  • 1998: PORTRAIT 2000 (Chiostro del Bramante in Rome)
  • 2003: Video Exhibition (Videopolis National Festival Urban Space in Padova, Italy)
  • 2005: Winner Exhibition: Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition (NEOCON in Chicago and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City)
  • 2006: Prototype, models and mock-ups physical tools in a digital age (Lincoln Center in New York City)
  • 2007: Mythos (National Museum in Tirana, Albania, Lanitis Foundation in Cyprus, Byzantine Museum in Athens)
  • 2007: New Generation of European Art ([useum of Contemporary Art, La Centrale Electrique in Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2008: Public Art Installation "Adolescence of Force" (Europalia. Europa Festival 2007-2008, Brussels)
  • 2009: ITALIDEA- Italian Excellence (Instituto Cultural Cabanasin in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Museo José Luis Cuevas in Mexico City)
  • 2009: ARTEVERONA at the International Art Fair (Emmeotto Gallery in Bologna Italy)
  • 2009: Studio Contemporary NYC (Pavilion of Art & Design in London)
  • 2009: Matt Dive Gold (LipaniPuntin Artecontemporanea in Rome)
  • 2009: Italian Artists in New York at ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York)
  • 2009: European Design Award for a sustainable present (EESC in Brussels)
  • 2010: "Diver's House" (Smith & Hall Gallery in Sydney)
  • 2010: Italian Art Today - site specific installations (Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco)
  • 2010: ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York)
  • 2011: BUILT ArtReal, in association with Sydney Design
  • 2011: Top Ten Italian Architects of the New Italian Blood Award (traveling exhibition in Sciacca, Ragusa, Salerno, Rome, Ferrara, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Treviso, Genova, Amsterdam, Siviglia, and Barcelona)
  • 2011: Saracino's Recent Works (Italian Pavilion in the World at the 54th Venice Biennale)
  • 2012: Rossana Orlandi Showroom (Milan Design Week)
  • 2012: Musei di Carta, Temporary Museum Superstudio (Milan Design Week)
  • 2012: LEDs Ball (MAD Museum in New York City)
  • 2012: BOFFO Show House (New York City Design Week)
  • 2013: Design Days Dubai, Erastudio Gallery (Dubai)
  • 2013: Design Days Dubai, Industry Gallery (Dubai)
  • 2013: Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Ray Sofa / Permanent Collection - Museum of Arts and Design (New York City)
  • 2014: Ri-conoscere Michelangelo (Gallera Accademia, Florence)

Solo shows[edit]

  • 2009: Myths and Rhythms from the new millennium (Emmeotto Gallery in Rome, GMT+7, Art & Design Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, and the MARS, Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow)
  • 2009: Victory over the Sun (Caraffa Museum in Córdoba, Argentina)
  • 2010: NATURE / DATA (Industry Gallery, Washington DC)
  • 2011: GATE 150 (Caraffa Museum in Cordoba, and the MuBE Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • 2011: Saracino's Recent Works (Italian Pavilion in the World at the 54th Venice Biennale)
  • 2011: Antonio Pio Saracino: Unitas Multiplex, a new world (Galleria LipanjePuntin in Trieste, Italy)
  • 2012: Second Nature (Bosi Contemporary Gallery in New York City)
  • 2012: Nature and Design (Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles)
  • 2012: The Globe installation (IIC in Los Angeles)
  • 2012: The Arches of Hopes, installation (Out Hotel and Times Square, New York City)
  • 2013: The City Within, Bloomingdales, Dubai Mall (Dubai)
  • 2013: The Guardians: Hero and Superhero, Three Bryant Park, New York City (permanent installation)
  • 2013: The Guardians: Hero and Superhero, documentary projection, Times Square New York City

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Official About:
  2. ^ a b c d Antonio Pio Saracino Vogue (August 2010)
  3. ^ a b Furuto, Alison (January 16, 2013). "Artist Antonio Pio Saracino & Salt ‘N Pepa to Unveil Arches of Hope Installation". Arch Daily. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Pogrebin, Robin (November 5, 2013). "New Italian Sculptures Will Have a Park View". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  5. ^ a b Thekkepat, Shiva Kumar (May 27, 2013). "Antonio Pio Saracino on his career and dreams". Gulf News. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  6. ^ "Publications". SiteEnviroDesign. May 2005. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Turner, Jonathan (June 25, 2011). "Award-winning Renaissance Man Opens Brilliant Show in Italy". DailyKos. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  8. ^ Denman, Selina (April 5, 2013). "Award-winning designer Antonio Pio Saracino makes Dubai debut". The National. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  9. ^ a b "THE ARCHES OF HOPE". Staying Alive Foundation. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Benelli, Staisey (May 22, 2011). "The Ecstatic Design of Antonio Pio Saracino". GanzoMag. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  11. ^ a b "Award-winning designer Antonio Pio Saracino makes Dubai debut". The National. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "antonio pio saracino at design days dubai 2013". Design Boom. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Collections: Antonio Pio Saracino". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Out of Hand Materializing the Postdigital. Exhibitions NYC. Museum of Art + Design. The Curated Object". Curated Object. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Collections: Saracino". Powerhouse Museum. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "25 Trendsetters". ARTnews. September 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  17. ^ a b c Vincenti, Lisa (March 2011). "Exhibitions NYC. Antion Pio Saracino: Second Nature. Bosi Contemporary Gallery.". Curated Object. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  18. ^ "MAKE ME SWAY". Curve Magazine. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "The Guardians: Hero and Superhero by Antonio Pio Saracino". FrameWeb. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Tulip Table". Art Daily. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Award-winning Renaissance Man Opens Brilliant Show in Italy". Daily Kos. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
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  33. ^ "Antonio Pio Saracino at Design Days Dubai 2013". Design Boom. April 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  34. ^ Suqi, Rima (September 29, 2011). "Mondo Collection in the Flatiron District". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
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