Haute Event: Art Basel Miami Beach Gets Nautical at the Standard Miami

Kicking off Art Basel Miami Beach by sea at André BalazsThe Standard Spa, Miami Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Balazs along with Stuart Parr inaugurated the premier United States sea launch of the Aquariva by Marc Newson with an exclusive Dom Pérignon dockside cocktail.

The evening’s celebrated hosts made their grand arrival via the Aquariva by Marc Newson speedboat, showing off the vessel’s beauty and speed. Balazs and Parr buoyed a notable gathering of Champagne-sipping guests, including Stuart Parr, Larry Gagosian, Jeffrey Dietrich, Jean Pigozzi, Tadeus Ropac, Stefano Tonchi, Bob Shaye, Ron Arad, Kyle DeWoody, Sam Keller, Nadja Swarovski, Joanne Cassullo, Jane Holzer, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Todd Eberle, Sergio Beretta & Mauro Michelli, Rafael de Cardenas, Lady Liliana Cavendish, China Chow, Cyril Duval, Fred Hochberg & Tom Healy, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Oskar Metsavaht, Chad Oppenheim, Sante D’Orazio, Jose Antonio Parla and Andre Saraiva, at the dock of the Standard Miami with a spirited Dom Pérignon toast in honor of the boat’s US water debut.

A timeless classic designed in partnership with iconic Italian boat-maker Riva, a constituent of Ferretti Group’s unique portfolio of the most exclusive, prestigious brands in the nautical world, and its exclusive designers of over 20 years, renowned boat design studio Officina Italiana Design, founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, the Aquariva was launched as a limited edition of 22 units in September 2010, and sold through New York’s Gagosian Gallery.

With the support of Riva and Dom Pérignon, which has been partnering with Marc Newson over the last five years resulting in four special designs for the Champagne house, the speedboat docked at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach for guests to get an up-close look at Newson’s exquisite design. Riva’s elegant Aquariva is the natural evolution of the Aquarama, a modern day icon which reinforced Riva’s reputation as the epitome of style and luxury. Newson, royal designer for industry in the UK and currently creative director of Qantas Airways, approaches design as an experimental exercise in extreme structure and advanced technologies, combined with a highly tactile and exacting exploration of materials, processes, and skills. An extensive monograph on his work is forthcoming from Taschen.

For more information on The Standard Hotel group, visit www.standardhotels.com.

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