ATELIER APS is a design and art studio established by Antonio Pio Saracino. His creations draw inspiration from over two decades of experience in architectural design and public art, deeply rooted in Italian hand-craftsmanship and his European heritage. With ATELIER APS, Saracino introduces a curated collection of sculptural artworks and collectible design pieces, rekindling the essence of beauty within the contemporary experience, converging art, architecture, and design. His creations transcend time, blending the past and the future seamlessly. By harnessing digital technologies, he reimagines objects through the lens of natural structures, investigating the evolving relationship between nature and design. His work encapsulates a yearning to craft enduring, distinctive pieces rooted in history while shaping a confident future.

Saracino’s furniture and collectible design pieces have been showcased in art fairs, galleries, and museum exhibitions. His designs are 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’s signature fusion of design and art continues to forge a legacy of innovation and beauty that resonates across the globe


APS DESIGNS is a New York-based, multi-disciplinary design firm that seamlessly merges the realms of architecture, design, and public art. The company was founded by Antonio Pio Saracino, a licensed Italian architect, and a member of the Association of Professional Architects in Rome. Our work has received international acclaim over the years, including accolades for award-winning projects, acquisitions for permanent museum collections, and notable public commissions.


Our portfolio encompasses a wide array of projects, ranging from expansive, multi-use commercial and residential structures boasting cutting-edge interiors, to public art installations, landmarks, and bespoke furniture design. Each project is approached with a unique perspective, reflecting our commitment to our clients’ intentions and personalized excellence. Our designs embody contemporary creative thought and modern ideas, giving rise to innovative concepts. We meticulously attend to material details and application techniques, infusing both timelessness and simplicity. With an expansive international portfolio, APS Designs thrives in today’s global market where effective collaborations are pivotal. We undertake international projects by assembling professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultivating global partnerships, enabling us to attain a heightened level of contextual awareness and specialized expertise. This synergy has propelled us to partake in diverse and successful ventures.


At the core of our firm’s ethos is the mission to deliver iconic, elegant designs and high-quality services—from conceptualization to seamless execution and completion.

APS, Founder

Antonio Pio Saracino is a licensed Italian Architect and Designer, affiliated with the Association of Professional Architects in Rome. He earned his Master’s degree in Architecture with honors from La Sapienza University of Architecture in Rome. Embarking on his career, he both shared his expertise and acquired it, serving as an Assistant Professor in Architectural Design at La Sapienza University, while also collaborating with renowned architectural firms, including the Studio Fuksas in Rome and Blatz Architect in New York. 

Saracino won the 2007/08 Europalia Art Competition in Brussels, representing Italy with his artwork displayed at the European Museum for Contemporary Art and a public installation near Brussels Central Station. His piece was chosen to uniquely symbolize the 50th anniversary of the European Union, exhibited alongside contributions from all 27 Member States, and attended by notable figures, including the President of the European Commission and Queen of Belgium.

In 2013, Saracino laid the foundation for his multidisciplinary design practices, APS DESIGNS, and ATELIER APS, in New York. His extensive portfolio boasts an array of creative endeavors, ranging from architectural design to residential and commercial interiors, bespoke furniture designs, and public art installations. This innovative approach has translated into realized projects spanning the United States, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Saracino has designed numerous high-end private residences. He has also created several commercial spaces, including the commissions for the design of two iconic museums in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Among his notable achievements, Saracino’s work includes The Guardians, a captivating sculpture duo permanently installed since 2013 at the entrance of New York’s iconic Bryant Park. In 2015, he presented a pavilion for the world Expo in Milan, Italy, in the historical garden of the University of Milano. In the same year, his work was highlighted when his creations shared an exhibition space with Michelangelo’s David at the revered Academia Gallery in Florence. In 2018, Saracino unveiled LIFE, a pair of striking sculptures that now stand at the entrance of the renowned NY-Presbyterian, the largest hospital in New York City. The subsequent year, he won a public competition for the creation of a landmark in the City of Newark, New Jersey – the New Arc for Newark.

His contributions have also received distinctions, including two American Architecture Awards from the esteemed Chicago Museum of Architecture. Acknowledged as one of the Top Ten Italian Architects by New Italian Blood, Saracino’s illustrious career is marked by awards and accolades. In 2016, he became a United States Citizen. His career, characterized by an unwavering commitment to design excellence, continues to shape and enrich spaces on a global scale.