The new 88’ Folgore has won the prestigious Best New Series Award
Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:31 AM
It is with extreme pleasure that Officina Italiana Design, the Bergamo-based studio which has designed all of Riva’s yachts for over 26 years, announces that the new 88’ Folgore has won the prestigious Best New Series Award at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards. The Riva model was chosen for the plaudit from a selection of six finalists by a highly respected jury that met online on the Boat International digital platform.
“We are so incredibly proud of this award. We are delighted that Folgore was selected as Best New Series. This 88’ has been very warmly received by the international market despite the huge difficulties caused by the pandemic. It has been embraced as a safe, stylish island for people that like to stand out from the crowd,” declared Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design. “I believe that both the public and the Boat International jury particularly appreciated the fact that although it is sporty coupé, it has the kind of balanced lines that we at OID like to craft with an emphasis on clean, characterful design. It also has spaces optimised to allow its occupants live the sea in exceptional comfort. The 88’ Folgore marks the start of a successful new direction for us, and this award is a reward for our hard work”.
Launched in May 2020, the 26.9m Riva motoryacht ushers in significant new additions in terms of both external and interior design. Dimensions-wise, it is the heir to the 88’ Domino, one of the yard’s best-sellers, and has both styling and graphic flourishes as its focal point. The result is that it slots neatly into Riva tradition and does not sully the brand’s signature iconic lines. Arriving in the wake of the Dolceriva, the 2019 model that opened the way stylistically for a new Riva era, Folgore not only introduces new styling cues but also brings something extra to the mix too.
Like the Dolceriva, the Riva 88’ Folgore has two simple lines running along its profile, very much reflecting Officina Italiana Design’s clean, rigorous styling philosophy. Certain aesthetic features help make this boat unique, not least the slight reverse-angle of its windshield and the striking design of its hull windows which run like a deft upward black pencil stroke along its silvery flank.
Another innovative styling element is the glazing set into the superstructure which opens both aftward and forward to allow air to circulate either underway or at anchor.
A final new addition on both an engineering and design level is the aft hatch that folds out from the hull and has two positions: parallel to the waterline to create a 6 sqm beach club or submerged to launch and retrieve the tender.
The brand’s iconic mahogany and steel details remain in evidence too and combine with carbon-fibre elements and those new styling cues to create the effortless melding of past and present typical of Riva’s boats.
The elegant, refined Folgore also offers striking comfort in its generous spaces: this is a boat on which there is a strong emphasis on contact with nature thanks to large communal social spaces. The interiors too are beautifully balanced with effortless uniformity of styling ensuring they dialogue seamlessly with the exterior design.