Velaa Private Island unveils new NIKA Private Residence, designed by world-renowned Spanish Interior Designer Patricia Urquiola December 25, 2018 Travel 154 Velaa Private Island, the most exclusive island hideaway in the Maldives, have announced the redesign of their ultra private residence, NIKA, by multi award-winning interior designer, Patricia Urquiola. The two-storey 1,350 square metre detached residence will open its doors this December 2018 in time for the festive season, offering the ultimate beach retreat accommodating up to 10 guests, setting a new level of luxury in the Maldives for friends and families alike. Patricia Urquiola commented “My vision for NIKA Private Residence stemmed from the local environment and the desire to celebrate it and create a sophisticated elegant space that recalls the surrounding nature. The chosen colour palette for the project is a natural one, where the beauty of the details is always evident and the carefully crafted lightness of space capturing.” In her design, Urquiola plays with the perception between indoor and outdoor, challenging the defining lines between the spaces. She captured this by lengthening the height of the ceiling allowing the verticality of the windows to give a sense of a continuity to showcase the ocean views. She has used materials such as raffia, natural wood and earthy textiles on the vertical panels to help to embrace the space, creating a warm, comfortable and light habitat. In the living space, furniture pieces such as the M.a.s.s.a.s Sofa and the Klara Chair designed by Patricia for Moroso create an encompassing and convivial arrangement of seating, which focuses on optimal sea views from the villa. Lighting and textile elements contribute to forge a brighter, embracing, and intimate ambiance, where guests are invited to retreat to and enjoy a minimalist and refined environment. Custom made pieces include the three Craaft lamps, entirely made out of white translucent beads and the large Budri dining table, and a nero seta marble top with breccia capraia marble legs. Establishing a linearity among the spaces of the villa, Urquiola has designed the master bedroom with the same theme as the living area. A continuity is also present in the choice of materials and textures which all aim at brightening the room and transmitting a feeling of warmth. Horizontal carpets and the boiserie behind the bed are used to help frame the space, personalizing each room to construct an intimate and domestic sensitivity. Custom made pieces include the weaved leather headboard, Taiping carpets and the Craaft bedside lamps, as well as a custom sliding panel as a TV cabinet by Mabeo. Selected furniture pieces include the Mathilda chair for Moroso, the Atay Sofa for Coedition and the Crinoline Armchair for B&B Italia. Urquiola has won a number of prestigious awards including the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal in Fine Arts) awarded by the Spanish Government; Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I; “ and “Designer of the Year” by Wallpaper magazine. She has also displayed her work in some of the world’s most prestigious museums, including MoMA in New York, Musée des Arts decoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Design in Zurich, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam and the Triennale Museum in Milan.