ATELIER APS is a design and art studio founded by Antonio Pio Saracino. His work draws inspiration from two decades of experience in architectural design and public art rooted in Italian handcraftsmanship and his European heritage. Saracino presents with ATELIER APS a collection of sculptural artworks, furniture, lighting, and collectible design pieces that evoke the return of beauty into modern experiences, converging art architecture and design. His creations combine a sense of continuity with heritage and nature and a rupture between past and future blending timelessly. By employing digital technologies, he re-imagines objects with the logic of natural structures, investigating the evolving role of nature in design. His works manifest the desire to create distinctive new timeless pieces firmly rooted in history while shaping a confident future.
Saracino presented his furniture and collectible design pieces in art fairs, galleries, and museums exhibitions. His design is part of the permanent collections of several museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the LACMA Museum in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the MAAS Museum in Sydney. His design work was selected as part of the Italian Pavilion of the World for the 54th Venice Biennale. He is a four-time winner of Interior Design’s Future Furniture design award, and he was named one of the world’s 25 Most Interesting Trendsetters by ARTnews. His work has been featured in prominent international publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
Antonio Pio Saracino is a registered Italian Architect and Designer, member of the OAR, Association of Professional Architects in Rome. He obtained his Master’s degree in Architecture cum laude from La Sapienza University of Architecture in Rome. He began his career teaching Architectural Design at La Sapienza University and working for architectural firms, among which Studio Fuksas in Rome. In 2013, he established the multi-disciplinary design practice APS DESIGNS and ATELIER APS in New York.
Saracino has designed buildings, residential interiors, commercial interiors, furniture, and public art. His projects have been built in many locations in the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He designed The Guardians, two sculptures sitting permanently at the entrance of Bryant Park in New York. His work was in an exhibition in the Academia Gallery in Florence next to Michelangelo’s David. In 2018, he designed LIFE, two sculptures installed at the entrance of New York City’s largest hospital, the NY-Presbyterian. In 2019, he won a competition for a landmark for the City of Newark, New Jersey: a New Arc for Newark. Saracino has received two American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Museum of Architecture. He was recognized as one of the Top Ten Italian Architects by New Italian Blood. Saracino became a United States Citizen in 2016 and lives and works in New York City.