Green Design Meets Art: Guest Curated Especially for Saatchi Online by Marco DiMaccio

We are thrilled to have Marco DiMaccio, Principal Designer of PUNCHouse Design Group, a company dedicated to creating ecologically-sustainable architecture and products, guest curating an exclusive collection of art as part of our ongoing series. Read on to learn how sustainability influences this multi-talented, designer-to-the-stars’ taste in art and the role art plays in his life.

Photo Credit: Thomas McCaffrey

Known for his rich modernist style, Marco DiMaccio creates designs that are a beautiful balance of playful modernism and creative efficiency, earning him numerous awards in design innovation.

Past projects include an award-winning sustainable home for Lisa Ling, which earned a (USGBC) LEED for Homes Platinum Certification; Lakeshore Entertainment Film offices; the Beastie Boys–Grand Royal Records production space; and numerous commercial spaces and private residences.

Marco has been featured on HGTV, E!News, and various media outlets that have an interest in notable architecture. His work as a production designer has also garnered high praise, including Clio and ADDY awards. He has collaborated with leading commercial and Academy Award-winning film directors, and has designed over 500 commercials, music videos, and numerous Super Bowl ad campaigns.

We hope you enjoy getting to know Marco as much as we did! Check out his exclusive collection curated for Saatchi Online here.

PUNCHouse Project 234. Photo credit: Thomas McCaffrey

Getting to Know…

Marco DiMaccio

Founder & Principal Designer, PUNCHouse Design Group


How would you describe your personal style?
There’s a degree of humor or playfulness in my work without sacrificing form over function.

How would you describe your taste in art?
I’m most drawn to works that have a life far beyond the initial intent of the creator. I have little interest in political or narrative works only because those items tend to be best consumed, realized, and then disposed of. Works that have limitless directions and interpretations of the human psyche hold my interest.

What role does art play in your life?
It provides me with a great place to appropriate fantastic ideas from really interesting people.

How does art inspire you?
It’s the bullets for my brain gun.

What do you collect?
I mainly collect work from artists that I have a personal relationship with. To know the artist can produce some valuable insights.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Mark Rothko’s No. 61.

PUNCHouse Project 234. Photo credit: Clark Dugger

Which artist would you most like to meet?
For a glass of wine? Allison Miller, but if she’s busy then Pae White.

What was the first piece of art you purchased?
It was either a Jorge Pardo piece or an IKEA end table, it can be difficult to distinguish them.

What does the art in your home say about you?
It says that I need to befriend more artists.

What was the last museum or gallery you visited?
China Art Objects.

If you could paint, draw, sculpt, photograph, etc. what skill would you most like to possess?
We all posses those skills. It’s a matter of honing and focusing in a way that may communicate what one has to say so that the creator’s intent may be realized and the facets of that polished stone start to sparkle….and yes, I did use the word “sparkle” in this answer.

Grass pit, PUNCHouse Project 234. Photo credit: Thomas McCaffrey

Abstract or Realism?

Painting or Photography?
Painting with light or a brush. I don’t see the difference … painting.

Museums or Art Galleries?
Museums, they have far better food and drink at events.

Contemporary or Classic?
Forward leaning or backward leaning…ummm forward.

Color or Black+White?
Let’s go with color for now.

Digital or Film?

Textured or Polished?
I love looking at myself in the mirror so polished it is.

Kitchen, PUNCHouse Project 234; Photo Credit: Paul Bielenberg

Hirst or Hockney?

Picasso or Pollock?

Bacon or Basquiat?

Murakami or Mondrian?
Murakami makes some nice wallpaper….Mondrian’s work has been “discovered” by Nike and made into some kicks. Hats off to Mondrian for being a leader. Not sure what he would think of those kicks.

Los Angeles or New York?
Condensing people such as New York does forces people to be tolerant and self-educated, which creates a great deal of creativity. Condensed communities have a much higher level of creativity. However, Los Angeles does not hold on to some of the old New York romantic views of what an artist is, so for me L.A. tends to embrace all forms of “new” tech, music, words, film, shape & forms, etc. so …. New Angeles works for me, but L.A. needs a bit more concentration and shoulder bumping to create some sandpaper for the streets.

Paris or London?
Paris with London taxi drivers.

Tokyo or Berlin?
Tokyo, but with actual building addresses.

Click here to shop Guest Curator Marco DiMaccio’s picks in his exclusive art collection for Saatchi Online


  1. I am totally stoked by this Saatchi guest curator concept. It is very inspiring to read an interview such as the one here with Marco DiMaccio. I see how a great designer is not only aware of what goes on in other creative disciplines, such as the visual arts, but has such breadth of knowledge about that discipline. As a website designer and composer, these articles push me to delve deeper, to broaden and refine my own awareness and understanding of the visual arts scene. Thank you and congratulations on this concept!

  2. Paidtobenice says:

    Di Maccio is a genius

    • Ok, how did my bathroom mirror manage to log on and leave that comment. Damn, I’m impressed.

      • Rem Oscuro says:

        lol….they are devious things.

        Beware the bathroom mirror. It can lead us to dark places.

        When it tells us we are the fairest of them all, it is best treated with suspicion and disregarded. When it tells you you are a genius, it’s a trap…

        But it’s probably OK if it says it when it thinks you are not listening.

  3. Steven Lewit says:

    Interesting collection. I don’t like it all but I would buy the piece by Xia Guo from China, Rafel from Poland and the large blue color field work from Classen.
    DiMaccio’s architectural style seems warm, clean and interestingly. I want to see it up close in person.
    I like that he does not take himself too seriously with the answers he offered.
    What’s the recessed grass area about in the front of the house?
    How large is the ball lamp and what’s it made out of?

  4. Royal G says:

    I am so very impressed with Mr. DiMaccio’s wit and talent. Wise choice, Saatchi ! Have a glance at his website…he’s pretty darn clever.

  5. Nina Ricciardulli Manack says:

    Marco is a truly talented and gifted artist. His modern style is clean, fresh, vibrant and innovative, very much like is own personality. Congratulations to you Marco!

  6. This interview is just sweet and I’m so glad to have stumbled across it. Dan Goldstein’s awesome comments on this Saatchi guest curator concept are right on point as is Paidtobenice’s quote that ” DiMaccio a genius”. Wow, how lucky I’ve been to to have met Marco on a few occassions. At first glance, he’s a fine fellow; thoughtful, cordial and charming. But hang-on, this dude is downright magical. I had no clue how simple wonderful Marco was under his posh exterior. His playfulness, and whimsical/intimate nature is contagious, and his designs are damn magnificent.


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