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.
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
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]