A Flybridge that Makes History
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It is majestic, shining, and a futuristic work of architecture: Riva 110’ Dolcevita is the new flagship in the fiberglass fleet and the latest model following Riva 100’ Corsaro from the revised flybridge range. A product of the collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, a studio founded by Mauro Micheli together with Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department, 110’ Dolcevita is a vastly beautiful flybridge yacht built in La Spezia, where the shipyard dedicated to production of models between 67 to 110 feet is located.
We always try to design boats with classic lines but with a touch of modernity, clean and contemporary but in the tradition of Riva, a brand known throughout the world as a symbol of exclusivity. Every line, every curve, every detail is designed with great precision and passion, with the intent of creating a timeless object. We like clean, rigorous design, we don’t want to amaze with special effects which are an easy smokescreen. We try to create objects that last as long as possible, that are timeless; it is also a form of respect towards our shipowners.
Can you summarize the main characteristics of your design philosophy?
Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design.
What are your thoughts on modern yachts? Is there room for real innovation or not?
Sergio Beretta, CEO Officina Italiana Design. The technological aspect is important: it is the result of research. But often innovation is also an evolution of lines on an aesthetic level, that may not even involve the technological aspect. Another important factor for innovation is considering new materials. It is crucial to work with a shipyard prone to research and ready to invest in this field: the Ferretti Group is always ready to face new challenges and new research. Design and experimenting go hand in hand.
What does it mean to design a Riva: both respecting responsibilities of long-standing traditions and projecting towards the future?
Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design. Designing an object that becomes a symbol of style throughout the world is a great responsibility. There are various objectives to focus on: continue tradition stoking it with contemporary details, maintain high quality, strive for the maximum of style and elegance, and never break that empathetic
tie between the client and his boat.
What are the guidelines when developing a new project?
Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design. They are generally imposed by marketing, when a boat has input that come from this department. Or the guidelines are instinctive when there isn’t a path to follow. But even if marketing places constraints, we always try to keep the form clean. For us, a boat must never be commonplace. It must have lines that are soft, essential, but not necessarily minimalist; it must be an “understatement” and have a certain appeal. Personally, I draw a lot of
inspiration from both classic and contemporary art. A search for beauty motivates me and I often find it in museums and galleries: inspiration comes automatically. There are no elements or details that I take from the subjects of the works. It is art itself that speaks to me. Proportion, balance, perspective, all are themes that fascinate me. Art transmits very strong emotions; in the end, this is where an idea comes from.
What does it mean to create a timeless line like Riva?
Sergio Beretta, CEO Officina Italiana Design. Designing for Riva is both a great satisfaction but also a huge challenge, because everyone has very high expectations from this brand. Riva boats have always been a symbol of timeless beauty, a fusion of sophisticated design and high performance. The characteristic that distinguishes Riva design is its strong link with tradition. Riva makes boats with unique ability, experience, and skills that have been handed down for generations.
What are possible future scenarios for interior yacht design?
Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design. Boats tend to look more and more like floating villas and lofts; even
with smaller sizes we always try to improve on-board comfort and make the owner and his guests feel at ease, just like at home. The buzzword currently is removing, not adding. And we find our bearings in this. It’s a trend that has been in place for a few years, even in boating, and has been very successful, and I think it will continue in the future. Another trend is bringing a lot of light into the interior; we use lots of glass, a material that lets natural light enter below deck.The spaces on board will be increasingly amplified, creating many pleasant areas to enjoy with friends and family, as well as new private areas. As for furnishings, the trend is bringing design pieces from major international brands on board. We don’t like turning boats into show rooms, so we use the right pieces where we think it’s necessary. For us, it is fundamental that design solutions optimize life on board, in addition to meeting aesthetic needs.