Australian designer Marc Newson has designed a speed boat in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design for Italian boat brand Riva.
Newsonâ€™s design for the Aquariva vessel is unique in its conception, as well as the materials chosen.
A wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) was used for the deck area and instrument panel.
This material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor to fibreglass.
While having an ostensibly organic feel and aesthetic, it is significantly more durable than wood.
To give the exterior a more high tech look, Newson utilized anodized aluminum, a material not generally associated with boats.
This lightweight material is used in lieu of stainless steel and chrome brass, yet remains contextual among Rivaâ€™s glamour and classical design.
Respecting the DNA of the original project created by Officina Italiana Design was paramount to Newsonâ€™s design for Aquariva.
With this in mind, some of the changes he makes are truly innovative: the re-imagining of the transom (at the stern), the wrap-around, laminated glass windscreen, the split cabin door entry, the functionality of the lounge and dining area, and the re-introduction of separate driver and passenger seats.
Aquariva by Marc Newsonâ€™s simplicity and functionality are what make the boat truly extraordinary.
The end product of Newsonâ€™s design is an uprated Riva complete with a bow thruster and state-of-the-art electronic transmission.
â€œSo much of my work is about simplification and elimination,â€ Mr. Newson explained.
â€œOnce youâ€™ve done that the design starts to emerge. I wanted to hark back to the time before boats became such complex pieces of machinery.â€
A limited edition of 22, Newson’s Aquariva will debut in September 2010 and will be available worldwide through NYC’s Gagosian Gallery.