Germans Ermica was born in Riga, Latvia in 1985 and at only 29 started his own design studio in Amsrerdam after studying Graphic Design. He’s been quoted saying “I often employ my graphic design background to add a new and fresh approach to design and enjoy experimenting with different materials and perceptions of space.” His glass chair is based on a design by Shiro Kuramata from 1976 is a testament to that statement. The Ombre chairs – which were shown at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan design week – are assembled from panes of glass, and take an obvious influence from Shiro Kuramata’s design.
Kuramata was prompted to create the furniture after watching Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and finding himself disappointed by the film’s sets – which relied on existing furniture, rather than new designs. His Glass Chair is now included in both the V&A museum‘s collection, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Inspired by the minimal design, Ermičs created his Ombre chairs from panes of coloured glass. “Almost invisible, these planes, without tangible support, hang in the air,” said the designer, who began experimenting with glass during his time at Design Academy Eindhoven.
The Ombre collection is completed by a pair of curved glass screens made from clashing gradients of pink, orange, blue and green, while a smaller screen features pastel pink that fades into orange.
Ermičs’ collection was presented at the 2017 edition of Milan design week, the use of stained and coloured glass was one of the key trends to emerge from the event. The Campana brothers used the material to fill blob-shaped gaps in a wooden cabinet, while Patricia Urquiola added stained-glass panels to the front of a credenza.