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Artisan profile: Minimalistos

See how this Halifax duo is finding a creative use for discarded windows

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Photo: Katie Tower

Vlad Kovalik and Jelsi Mynott find inspiration in an unusual place: the side of the road. The Halifax duo behind Minimalistos collect discarded windows and use the glass to create geometric terrariums, display cases and ornaments.

They launched the business in November 2013, after moving from British Columbia to Halifax. They decided to do something unique with a material people were just throwing away. “We’re really inspired by reusing materials,” says Mynott. “Now we have a basement full of windows.”

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Photo: Yu Fujimoto

 

They prefer the thin glass from storm windows. “We aim for a very clean and minimal aesthetic,”  Mynott says. The couple use stained-glass tools to create the pieces. After cutting the glass, they solder the edges together and polish each piece with wax. “It’s quite similar to stained glass in how the pieces are connected,” says Kovalik, “but we make it 3-D. We did a cube first and then we started experimenting with shapes, and it’s taken off from there.”

They’ve even crafted a dodecahedron (a 12-sided shape). “I use computer renderings to make sure a design will work,” Kovalik says. Recent designs include multi-tiered “living” displays and house-shaped terrariums. “People love seeing the layers of the soil, sand and rock,” Mynott says. “You see everything that is going on in that little world.”

Photo: Orange Girl (www.orangegirl.com), styling by Kyle Chow (www.plantterrariums.ca).

Photo: Orange Girl (www.orangegirl.com), styling by Kyle Chow (www.plantterrariums.ca).

They’ve also been creating asymmetrical pieces that are a little off kilter but that still boast a clean, modern design. Ultimately, Mynott says they love that their business gives them a reason to explore the East Coast. “Finding windows is such a great way to see the province.” Check out their designs in Halifax at the Flower Shop and Makenew, and in Lunenburg at Dots & Loops. www.minimalistos.com

 

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