Meet Myanmar Design Guru Mya Myitzu, Designer of the Hills @ Pun Hlaing
Meet Myanmar Design Guru Mya Myitzu, Design Director of M.ID Signature, in charge of the design of The Hills @ Pun Hlaing
After returning from working in Beverly Hills, Mya founded Interiors (M.ID) in 2011. Herald as “Myanmar design guru” by Myanmar Times in 2016 and by Singapore’s design and architecture magazine d+a as a designer in South East Asia to watch, Mya has ensured her company’s designs are behind some of the most exciting in Yangon. At The Hills for Pun Hlaing, she is bringing home abit of California home with an indoor/outdoor lifestyle concept.
At The Hills for Pun Hlaing, she is bringing home abit of California home with an indoor/outdoor lifestyle concept.
You’ve created quite an amazing career for yourself and also bring Myanmar’s talents to the forefront of interior design in the world arena, what’s your own personal philosophy on interior design?
My personal philosophy on interior design is that layout is key. Without a good layout, pretty much the design will not have the trajectory it needs to make a statement. I am barely 5'11 so people like to assume I maybe just a petite decorator who splashes nice colours on a wall but clients after hiring me, can attest to the fact that what they get in return is a great layout each time. One of my clients certainly enjoyed this perk of my involvement because I moved his entire kitchen stationed at the back end of the dark apartment to the front where he can now entertain, and cook with a view of the city and have breakfast under the morning sunlight.
My personal philosophy on interior design is that layout is key.
You’re a design curator and also an interior designer. You must be constantly looking to the future …
I am – so much so that, sometimes, I find that people do not actually understand my designs and can be abit critical. I am more of a traditionalist designer who prefers to do more custom work but these days there are alot of these "Pinterest designers", who basically refer to the website for everything. I prefer to research extensively - my hours on design concept are quite lengthy so I am known to keep strange hours as I work into the night sometimes. The key is always to stay curious.
The key is always to stay curious.
How do you combine art, beauty and function?
This is the question that keeps asking, and when you answer it right – then you’ve got yourself great results. There are projects I have designed where the combination works like magic. Then there are some projects where I know the ratio is not quite right and it keeps me up at night for days until I find a solution. To answer a complex question in a simple way, art must be the driving force, the function is integrity but beauty is not always held in the eyes of the elites either. I always teach my juniors – remember you have to be humble enough to ask yourself “what would the uncle driving the rickshaw” say. If the rickshaw driver says, it is so ugly I do not understand it, it may actually mean it’s ugly.
To answer a complex question in a simple way, art must be the driving force, the function is integrity but beauty is not always held in the eyes of the elites either.
What inspires you when designing The Hills @ Pun Hlaing?
I have been to Pun Hlaing since I was a young teenager but I truly fell in love with Pun Hlaing when I moved there during the Pandemic. The more I saw of it, I only realise the greatness and vast potential of it. The other day we had drones flying around the Hills project to capture the bird-eye views, and Pun Hlaing is the last remaining body of green by the city, and what we captured on film was just breathtaking. I cannot wait for the public to see these views with the launch of The Hills.
Pun Hlaing is the last remaining body of green by the city, and what we captured on film was just breathtaking.
What do you see for the future of design in Myanmar?
I saw so much for the future of design in Myanmar in 2011, that I am now living truth of it. My company turns 10 years next year but of course when I first started out, people told me it was not possible. When I went to get my IPAX awards last year, I sat at the same table with the people behind Icon Siam, Thailand who also won. I was very proud to represent my country there with a win because I once dared to dream of becoming the first Myanmar designer to be recognised internationally.
What is your favourite project to date and why?
The joy of my projects is none is like the other – this was my mission and sometimes - now my pain.
Projects for the future?
There are discussions around a crown jewel on a certain lake in Yangon I will be undertaking - or I mumble something about retiring and only selling furniture out of a showroom I am a part of but the future for me is not really just what I make of it, it also depends if someone a true visionary, sees me for something and invites me along for that journey.
About The Hills @ Pun Hlaing
New limited edition of nine 4,500 sqft four-bedroom detached family homes on 9,000 sqft plots. These sustainable detached family villas are located at Pun Hlaing wellness lifestyle estate and offers residents a myriad of country club and golf club amenities & facilities.
The project is the second co-branded development between Yoma Land, premier real estate developer, and M.ID Signature led by internationally acclaimed Myanmar interior designer Mya Myitzu, specialising in bespoke one-of-a kind projects. The first project Yoma Land and M.ID Signature collaborated on was Peninsula Sales Gallery.
About Yoma Land
Yoma Land was launched in 2018 by Yoma Strategic Holdings and First Myanmar Investment to hold the real estate assets of both companies. Since 1992 Serge Pun and Associates (SPA) and these companies have established themselves as among the most influential and successful real estate developers in Myanmar.
The founding of Yoma Land allows YSH and FMI to consolidate their activities going forward. This creates benefits of scale and efficiency that benefit customers, employees and shareholders. Yoma Land has one of Myanmar’s largest landbanks, focusing on township projects and the mission of Building Better Communities for the Future of Myanmar. It is actively building out existing assets, targeting new acquisitions and developing innovative products. Current sectors in which Yoma Land is active include residential, hotel, office, schools and retail.
Yoma Land is transforming Yangon’s cityscape across three strategically located flagship developments, StarCity, City Loft, Yoma Central, Pun Hlaing Estate, and Yoma Golf. From aspirational urban residential developments to high-end luxury, Yoma Land aims to build communities that are attractive, safe and vibrant, while placing emphasis on innovative designs, building standards and product range.
2020 Earth Hour Challenge - Earth Hour Hero Award (Yoma Group)
2020 Earth Hour Challenge - Earth Hour Encouragement Award (Memories Group)
2019 Asia Pacific Golf Summit - Best Course in Myanmar (Pun Hlaing Golf Club)
2019 Myanmar National Real Estate Awards - Best Resort Hotel Development (Awei Metta)
2019 Myanmar National Real Estate Awards - Best Educational Development (Dulwich College)
2018 Ranked 21st out of 606 SGX-listed Companies - Governance & Transparency Index
2017 Property Guru Awards - Best Housing Development (Lotus Hill)
2017 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Landscape Design
2017 Ranked 26th among 100 largest SGX-listed Companies - ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard
2016 Best Managed Board Award (Gold) under the S$300m to S$1b market cap category - Singapore Corporate Awards
2015 South East Asia Property Awards - Best Developer
2015 South East Asia Property Awards - Best Landscape Architectural Design
2015 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Residential Interior Design
2015 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Condo Development
2015 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Landscape Architecture Design
2015 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Housing Development (Lotus Canal View Villas)
2015 Myanmar Property Awards - Best Housing Development (Lotus Garden)
2015 Property Guru Awards - Best Developer in Myanmar
2015 Most Transparent Company in Construction & Materials - SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards