Stone playground by Germans Ermičs
Optical illusions play a large part in his work, so Germans Ermičs created questions here with scale and placement of stone.
A playful approach was taken in constructing the pieces, working with offcuts and special shapes previously created in our machine park. He wanted to focus on the balance between seemingly functional and 'waste' materials.
Light-play and shadow highlighted different parts of the pieces and created extra dimensions to explore, all of which ends up challenging people in their view of the solid nature of stone, and its uses. The scenes, while functional, are also emotive and colourful, creating a sun-drenched mood.
Rock meets glass artist
Germans Ermičs is known for his experimentation with glass, seeing his work as a visual investigation into the relationship between colour and shape. Instead of colour being only decorative, Germans likes to work with it as if it were a 3D shape. He treats it in a completely different way to others, transforming the pure geometry of material into an expressive object, and playing with its visual hierarchy. His aim is to disrupt the traditional roles in what defines a product.
In this exploration with SolidNature, Germans began with the solidity of the material. Lit in such a way that the rock glows different sheens, it displays hues that show off its true quality. He seeks to bring the raw inner presence of the rock out. As with glass, he set about transforming the material with colour-play, light, shadow, perspective and placement. Glass and stone are two very differeny materials, yet he found there were similarities in how they could be manipulated by machinery.
Germans is an Amsterdam-based designer who currently focuses on sculptural furniture pieces in glass. Born in Latvia, he is a multi-faceted designer who has worked across graphic, furniture and interior design. His work has been featured in cultural zeitgeist such as Dezeen, Sight Unseen, Wallpaper, Frame and AD magazine. He often collaborates with architects and interior design studios.
Glenn Sestig Architects featured Germans’ in their retail presence for Raf Simons - a glass aquarium at their newly opened Dover Street Market. Queen of design Rossana Orlandi, known for scouting talent, represents his work in her Milan gallery. The New York Times called him one of the 15 most exciting designers at the Salone del Mobile 2016.