To give the exterior a more high tech look, Newson worked with anodized aluminum, a material not generally associated with boats. This lightweight material was used instead of stainless steel and chrome brass. While not touching the basic design of the Riva boats, Newson added his touch by changing the shape of the transom at the stern, putting one-piece windshield, and anodized aluminum handrails. He also created the differentiation by putting in the split cabin door entry, improving the functionality of the lounge and dining area, and the re-introduction of separate driver and passenger seats. In terms of driving ease the limited edition Aquariva will feature updated electronic transmission, and a bow thruster.
Appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in the United Kingdom, Newson has created furniture, interiors, timepieces, objects of all sorts, and sculptural work, as well as major projects in the transportation industry, particularly aviation and aerospace. With Aquariva Newson is looking to create a timeless classic that every boat lover will want to own.