PROFILE Kriston Gene and Eva Milinkovic of Tsunami Glassworks

Kris and Eva met while studying at Sheridan College School of Arts and Design in Ontario. Shortly after, their shared passion for nature and creativity lead to the launch of Tsunami Glassworks. This boutique firm specializes in creative solutions in decorative glass, and glass related products serving retailers, residential, and commercial design firms.

ROLLOUT first had the chance to meet this creative duo a few years back when we were all participating in ICFF in New York City as a part of the New Design Canada booth. We hit it off right away, and have been stewing up new ideas and projects ever since.

 

Company/Organization: Tsunami Glassworks Inc.

 

Websites:
tsunamiglassworks.com 
facebook.com/tsunamiglassworks 
twitter.com/tsunamiglass 
tsunamiglassworks.blogspot.com 

 

Education: Sheridan College school of Arts and Design where we both met, Kris also has a BA in Psychology from the University of Windsor.

 

Describe your work: Tsunami Glassworks is a boutique firm specializing in creative solutions in decorative glass, and glass related products serving retailers, residential, and commercial design firms. Working through the conception, visualization, and execution of designs, whether for products, or installations, we place great emphasis on quality, customer service and craftsmanship. In-house manufacturing capabilities and worldwide shipping capabilities offer extreme flexibility in regards to scale, colour selection, and scope of projects. Tsunami's continuing mandate is for its work to be efficient and personable all the while making the designers and craftspeople available to its clients, achieving balance between the art of glass design, and manufacturing.

 

Inspiration: Nature and the "nature of things." I know that this has broad in scope, but one can never really predict how, what, or when something in our environments might spark or lead to the next idea. We’re also inspired by anyone who is passionate about business, progressive companies and learning about new and better ways of growing our own company.

 

Awards or Recognition: Just the recognition by our clients and peers!

 

Future Projects/Goal: Take over the world one glass at a time! In the meantime establish meaningful relationships with progressive clients and get as much of our work out into the world as possible.

 

What is one word that describes your artist style? Bright, hot, tactile, organic.

 

How did you get to know ROLLOUT? We met at ICFF where we shared space in the New Design Canada booth in 2007 and have exhibited alongside for the past few years. We've been brainstorming ever since...

 

Please list a few cool or inspirational websites you visit and love:
3rings.designerpages.com 
nextmodernhome.com 
nymag.com/urban/guides/family/food/listings/manhattan1.htm 
and one of these days... bhresort.com 

 

What resources do you use for generating your work?
Hot glass, a good crew and a little love.

 

Can you share any of your secret tips? Hard work and a little luck...

 

What did your parents want you to be instead of creatives?
Eva: my parents have always supported whatever I did, even when I wanted to be an astronaut.

Kris: My parents never had any plans of what they would like me to be. They simply told me that "whatever it is, make sure you are the best at it you can be."

 

Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why? Kris: I wish that I had beat Ross Lovegrove in designing the Mercury Chandelier for Artemide!

 

What gets you excited about tomorrow?
Kris: First, Coffee. Second, the everyday challenges and rewards of owning our own business.

Eva: tomorrow... I'm excited about today! As the wise old guy said in Kung Fu Panda, “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that it why it is called present.”

 

How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today?
Eva: We live in exciting times and that there is a lot of interesting and inspiring art and design out there. Our times are extremely dynamic, fast paced, and seemingly only getting faster. It is hard to believe that I can remember when microwaves just came out, and computers were the size of suitcases! I know that some might argue that there is a lot of crap being produced too, however, this is a glass half empty approach. We would like to think that the glass is half full.

 

 

 

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