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Aquariva by Marc Newson: US Sea Launch. Interviews with André Balasz and the Designers Sergio Beretta and Mauro Micheli (Officina Italiana Design)

For the “Aquariva by Marc Newson”, Marc Newson has partnered with Riva and their official designers, Officina Italiana Design, to reinterpret the “Aquariva” speedboat. Riva is an Italian boat-maker that became famous for its mahogany range of boats. Riva produced boats that were the equivalent to luxury cars such as Ferrari or Rolls-Royce and were bought by royals, sportsmen, actors and celebrities. In 1969, the first fiberglass yacht appeared. Since the year 2000, Riva is owned by the Ferretti Group. Since joining the Feretti Group, Riva has developed a portfolio of 11 models ranging from 33 to 115 meters. New models such as the Aquariva series are designed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italian Design.

With the “Aquariva by Marc Newson” (presented in September 2010 at Gagosian Gallery New York) the designers chose a wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) for the deck area and instrument panel. This material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor of fibreglass. It has an organic feel and aesthetic, but is more durable than wood. Newson also used anodized aluminium instead of stainless steel and chrome brass, to give the exterior a more high tech look. The US launch of the “Aquariva by Marc Newson” took place during Art Basel Miami Beach at André Balazs’ The Standard Hotel & Spa. VernissageTV had that chance to exchange a view words with André Balazs (André Balazs Properties) and Sergio Beretta and Mauro Micheli (Officina Italiana Design), who collaborated with Marc Newson on the Aquariva by Marc Newson design.

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VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 15: The One, The Many, One Artist, Four Rooms, Miami

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 15, January 2011. In this issue we look back at Art Basel Miami Beach Week with an Miami Basel Overview by FADs Editor at Large Ben Austin (click here for his article at FAD) and photos by Sabine Trieloff, Mark Vogel, and Didier Leroi. (Photos by Didier Leroi and Gregor Rieser).

What else? An art meets design exhibition in Vienna; Pipilotti Rist, Roman Signer and Marc Newson in New York; Paul McCarthy in Los Angeles; Aaron Curry and Moniker in London; Argonaut Mathilda in Istanbul; and Elmgreen & Dragset’s “Celebrity – The One & the Many” at ZKM in Karlsruhe.

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Aquariva by Marc Newson: Sea Trials

Yes, this is not the typical VernissageTV style video. But with this nasty weather here in Switzerland, we enjoyed producing something that reminded us of our sunny days in Miami Beach. So in this video, there’s sun, palm trees, water, and a beautiful speedboat.

The speedboat is a Riva, the Aquariva by designer Marc Newson to be more precise. It was part of an exhibition titled Marc Newson: Transport at Gagosian Gallery in New York. We documented this exhibition that took place in September, and the boat looked already great then (click here to have a look). But a boat is meant to move through the water, and on the occasion of our stay in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, we had the opportunity to film the Aquariva at full speed.

With the “Aquariva by Marc Newson” the designers chose a wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) for the deck area and instrument panel. This material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor of fibreglass. It has an organic feel and aesthetic, but is more durable than wood. Newson also used anodized aluminium instead of stainless steel and chrome brass, to give the exterior a more high tech look.

The US launch of the “Aquariva by Marc Newson” took place during Art Basel Miami Beach at The Standard Hotel & Spa. Footage of the launch and interviews are coming soon.

PS: For VernissageTV Members, we have produced a Full-HD (H.264, 1080, 50p) version of the video. You will find a download link on our Members page.

PPS: Sound: Roland. Composer und Publisher Denis Woods (IMRO), Courtesy www.shockwave-sound.com

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Marc Newson: Transport / Gagosian Gallery New York

Post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration for designer Marc Newson. “I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles”. Now he has done a reinterpretation of one of the icons of Italian design, the Riva leisure speedboat.

The exhibition “Marc Newson: Transport” at Gagosian gallery New York shows for the first time Aquariva by Marc Newson, which draws on the contemporary Aquariva and its predecessor of the 1960s, the Aquarama. Apart from giving it the typical Marc Newson feel, Newson used ideas imported from his work in automotive and aerospace design, including the use of phenolic textile composite in place of traditional mahogany for the deck; anodized aluminum for handles and holds; a streamlined instrument panel, and a wrap-around laminated windscreen made from a single sheet of glass. Aquariva by Marc Newson is produced in an edition of 22 and produced in the original Riva boatyards.

Also on display are MN Special (2008), a lightweight carbon fiber bicycle designed for Biomega; EADS Astrium Space Plane prototype (2007) designed for commercial space tourism; Kelvin40 (2003), a small jet plane; Zvezdochka trainer for Nike (2004); Nickel Surfboard (2006); Ford 021C urban concept car (1999).

Marc Newson was born in Sydney, Australia in 1963. He studied sculpture and jewelry design at Sydney College of the Arts. He lives and works in London. Parallel to his career as an industrial designer, he has exhibited limited edition works and projects in galleries and public institutions since 1986, including Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995, 2004), Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2001); the Groninger Museum, Netherlands (2004); and London Design Museum (2004-2005). Marc Newson had his first major exhibition with Gagosian New York in 2007.

Marc Newson: Transport at Gagosian Gallery, New York. September 16, 2010.

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Nature Design / Museum of Design Zurich

“Nature Design – From Inspiration to Innovation” at the Museum fr Gestaltung in Zrich / Switzerland presents more than 500 objects and projects that are inspired by nature. The visitor will find works by over 150 artists and designers, among them: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Richard Hutten, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Marc Newson, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog & de Meuron. The video includes an interview with Angeli Sachs, the curator of the exhibition. Opening reception of the exhibition “Nature Design” (August 10 – December 2, 2007), Museum of Design Zurich, August 9, 2007. The publication on the exhibition is available via the museum’s e-shop in English and German.

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