The Tidal collection by Latvian designer Germans Ermičs for the Italian carpet manufacturer CC-tapis has received an award from the design magazine Wallpaper*, ranking among the last year’s seven best interior objects that «bring the surreal into our surroundings».
The Amsterdam-based Latvian designer Germans Ermičs (1985) creates striking, memorable works that are recognised and praised around the world. His artistic approach is characterised by a gradual and persistent approach to the end result, searching for new techniques and experimenting with colours and materials.
The designer’s vivid style has also been recognised by the British interior, architecture, and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*, which annually highlights the best in design. This year, the Tidal rug collection took the prize in the category Best Surreaist Furniture. The collection for CC-tapis consists of six designs that interpret the relationship between colour and ornament in soft shapes and tonal transitions, reminiscent of the play of waves on the sandy beach. The subtle gradations of shading are achieved through an innovative textile dyeing system. All the rugs in the Tidal collection are hand-woven in Nepal from Himalayan sheep’s wool, and each square metre of rug is made up of around 125,000 individually knotted yarns.
««I started with simple geometric shapes, such as circles, squares, rectangles, and let them gradually deform,» says Germans Ermičs, commenting on the idea and inspiration behind Tidal.
Germans Ermičs has also won Wallpaper* Awards in 2017, 2018, and 2021. Last year, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga held the first solo exhibition of the designer in Latvia, Gradual, which brought together his most important works in textiles, glass, marble, and other materials. As courtesy of the designer, one of the rugs from the Tidal collection, Chroma Radiate (2019), has been included in the design collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art.