Retro Riva Speed Boat made from the collaboration of Riva and Ferretti’s Group industrial designer Marc Newson.
Newson inspired by Riva’s classic ‘Aquariva’, created the limited edition boat, using phenolic composite (a textile-based wood-like laminate) for the deck and instrument panel.
According to Riva: “the material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor to fiberglass.”
The designer explains:
“My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’ ability to impact so many areas of design. That influence is fully evident in ‘Aquariva by Marc Newson’, my first nautical design project for the iconic Italian brand.
So much of my work is about simplification and elimination. Once you’ve done that the design starts to emerge. I wanted to hark back to the time before boats became such complex pieces of machinery.”