Name: Myca Loar
Position with company: Founder
Tell us a little about your background
Interior Design has been a life long infatuation. It began in my childhood bedroom where I played with textures, furniture and colors more than my dolls. I went to school at the University of Denver and moved to New York for a job in the fashion industry. During my time in NY I began to develop my design perspective and desired to create more freely. I moved back to my roots, zeroed in on my raw talent and formed Shiny Bones. Shiny Bones has built a presence on the beach, the desert, the suburbs, the mountains and in the city. I have been blessed to constantly have new environments to play in.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I stand firm in the unknown, taking risks by evoking intrigue in spaces. I want to have fun and bring others along. I take pride in every space, whether small or large, there is a story even in a blank box.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My everyday life: travelling, loving, animals, God’s nature and my relationships. My dog’s personalities inspire me, I like to bring their curious and fun loving spirits into spaces. I reflect on nature’s texture and movement. Most of all, I absorb my travel experiences like a sponge in order to emulate many viewpoints in my work.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I like the way rules are taken less seriously.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2015 and beyond
Staying true to the bones of the space
Existing quirks to zoom in on
Drama and Intrigue
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be?
People, the right team is crucial. If you do not have the right people your ideas can be just that, ideas. My husband is a real secret weapon, if every designer had him they would be a success.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
I believe these awards are important because they recognize those who put themselves into design. It creates a push for creativity. It aids designers to open their boundaries in hopes to reveal a side of themselves they hadn’t known of. The creative mind is not always recognized in this world and I really appreciate being invited to be honored.
What projects are you currently working on?
An office space in Denver, CO for a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged kids gain scholarships. Two residential projects in the outskirts of Denver, CO and a $25M home in Laguna Beach, CA.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To increase opportunities for creativity.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
I know my talents are a gift from God, I try to give back to His purpose. I am apart of TCON, a non-profit organization that helps African widows and their children become self-sufficient.
Your most treasured possession?
Photographs of my experiences
Your favourite holiday destination?
Anything adventurous with delicious food nearby. I returned from Turks and Caicos a few days ago and have the crystal clear water engrained in my brain.
Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar?
I got engaged at Qualia in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this place will always stay banded to me.
I love Craft and Il Corso in NYC for their food.
I am entranced by Sketch in London, the lighting and colors create an entrancing vibe.
Your favourite book / film / song?
I love the film Drive. I feel deeply when I watch this, the score is on another level.