Saturday, February 25, 2012

Riva Inspiration: Bringing “Personnalité de la Mer” into the home

Aquariva Gucci

In 2010, I stumbled upon photographs of a boat, the Riva Domino 86. Knowing little about boats, I was not privy to the Riva brand however, I was smitten and then with the launch of the Aquariva Gucci...say no more. As one might fall head over heels in love with a stranger, I was charmed by this exquisite creature and continue to carry with me a quiet hope of a chance meeting. Since that day, I find myself searching Riva boats for sale, dreaming about the lifestyle and infusing Riva inspiration into my work.
Riva Style
 My bag includes a few little friends from Hermes, Pucci & Gucci (Polyvore_

Last year I actually traveled to the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show with a mission to see this stunning boat in person.
Aquariva Gucci

I can guarantee without question, there was not a person at that show more enthusiastic about seeing the Domino 86 than I.  Why I am so taken by this boat? Perhaps the STUNNING interiors, or the sexy modern vibe, all I can say is "One day, I will spend some quality time with this Italian beauty."

**Now Sending Into the Universe- (Stayci Fast reporting from Italy on the Riva brand's 170th anniversary celebration and Carlo Riva's 90th birthday.  Oh prego caro Dio, prometto di essere degno)

Until then, I am determined to translate the Riva style into interiors for the home. Riva's signature color is turquoise. Coincidence? I think not.
Lee Kleinhelter

Riva boats, made in Italy, have for many years been the object of desire for the elite . Among them,Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery and Richard Burton.

Image via Anita Ekberg in her Riva Tritone #142 in 1960. Only a few boats adopted the zebra pattern. 

 Signature Riva colors

Oceano Trunk Cabinet
The Domino 86 interior walls and accents are covered in Poltrona Frau leather

The Beach Samui
Chanel "Riva" - seriously

Absolutely soon I will cruise along the Amalfi coast again, stay at JK Place and arrive in style on a Riva.


  1. Inspiring Interiors! Love the brownish! Home Interiors

  2. Thank you Lisa! (I just saw this comment ;)