Italian boatbuilder Riva has partnered with designer Marc Newson to create a 22-unit limited edition run of the classic Aquariva. They will be launched worldwide in September 2010.

Newson’s changes to the Aquariva design include a wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) that will be 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. The laminate is significantly more durable than wood and Newson has utilized anodized aluminium to give the exterior a more high tech look. This lightweight material is used in lieu of stainless steel and chrome brass.

Other changes to the design include the re-imagining of the transom, 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. The new design also has a bow thruster and state-of-the-art electronic transmission.