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Aquariva by Marc Newson

A design superstar reinterprets the classic speedboat

by Karen Day in Design on 01 June 2010

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Equally as exciting as our trip to the Riva boatyard is Marc Newson's new speedboat for the iconic Italian brand, a high-tech take on nautical design. The Aquariva—first created in 2001—receives an innovative yet simplified makeover, with phenolic composite (an extremely durable wood-like laminate) covering the deck area instead of traditional mahogany and anodized aluminum used in place of stainless steel for an overall sleeker aesthetic.

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Heralding the classic glamor of the Aquariva's predecessor, the Aquarama, Newson infused identifiable Riva attributes while keeping within his own signature style. A streamlined instrument panel, a wrap-around laminated glass windshield, separated driver and passenger seats, handles and hooks that disappear when not in use, a re-imagined stern and state-of-the-art transmission all bring the boat to new standards without compromising its history as an opulent pleasure vessel.

A limited edition of 22, Newson's Aquariva will debut in September 2010 and will be available worldwide through NYC's Gagosian Gallery.

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