Yet Ermičs is also open to more commercial projects, and has crossed over into retail design several times. There was a commission with Glenn Sestig Architects for Raf Simons in London in 2016, as well as a project with Rene González Architect for Alchemist in Miami earlier this year. For the latter, a boutique store outfitted in raw concrete and steel, Ermičs and RGA designed an all-glass check-out area, with a color palette based on the sky and sea of the coastal metropolis. In a recent pop-up store for Danish electronics brand Bang & Olufsen, for which Ermičs conceptualized the interior, the designer traded his signature colors and glass for nude tones, travertine, and resin-coated aluminium.
Despite his fluency with glass, Ermičs doesn’t want it to be the defining characteristic of his identity as a designer. “I always say I’m not a glass artist; this is where I’m at at this moment,” he clarified. Currently, he’s working on a lighting project, as well as trying his hand at natural stone.
Though color is one of the main drivers of his work, he finds it difficult to express how he arrives at such dreamy, eye-catching combinations. “I’m always asked this question, and I never have a good answer to explain myself,” he replied. He takes cues from the world around him, synthesizing hues into RGB, and lets one color lead him to the next. He laughed, however, when I asked about sunsets, an inspiration he’s mentioned previously. “I’m not always interested in literal translations,” he said. “Sometimes I just want to achieve the feeling I have with certain colors.” That elusive feeling is where the magic begins.