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  • 06.02.10

Holy Ship! Marc Newson Designs 1960s-Inspired Power Boat

It’s a steal for $1.5 Million!

Marc Newson powerboat

Marc Newson, the Aussie king of high design, has turned his hand to
the high seas, with a new luxury powerboat for the Italian company Riva. The vessel looks strangely anachronistic,
with a fake mahogany deck and loud turquoise accents harking back to
the days of Frankie and Dee Dee — all of which can be had for a
decidedly un-’60s price: $1.5 million.

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What recession?

Who isn’t designing a sea vessel nowadays? Luxury
yachts are to the rich what bad perfume is to starlets — a vanity
project designers are only too happy to enable under the guise of good
taste. Last year, we brought you news of Lord Norman Foster’s
weird super-yacht venture
, which tried to circumvent the whole
rich-people-hemorrhaging-money-with-which-to-buy-expensive-playthings
thing by offering time shares. Wonder how that turned out. We also told
you about Jeff Koons designing a yacht for art collector Dakis Joannou
(who, of course, collects Koons’s work) inspired by dazzle camouflage.
And Philippe Starck produced a vessel for a Russian billionaire that
looks like a submarine warship and includes a “nookie room,” complete
with a round bed and padded walls. Uh, classy? Newson’s
boat is downright tame by comparison.

[Photos courtesy of Marc Newson]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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