Kukka is the textile and surface design studio by Laura Luchtman based in the heart of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Kukka specialises in designing custom prints for fashion & more.
I founded Kukka in 2010 out of love for prints and patterns.
I aim to make the world a little prettier. Not just aesthetically but also socially and sustainably.
I grew up in the southern part of The Netherlands and found my home in the vibrant city of Rotterdam. In 2008 I graduated as a Fashion Stylist. Not long after I was offered my first job. Until 2015 I worked as an in-house designer for several fashion companies where I designed intimate apparel, accessories, womenswear and of course prints.
I knew I could offer more value to the world by starting out on my own. Now I enjoy being at the receiving end of positive feedback from satisfied clients. Even though I’m proud of my work for well-known high-street fashion brands, it showed me how hazardous fast fashion is to human beings, animals and nature.
That’s why I love to work with rebellious brands – big or small – that aim to change the system radically or bit by bit. I contribute by experimenting with innovative (bio)design, blogging about hot topics in the industry and speaking in public.
My design style can be described as fresh, minimalistic (not ornate or incredibly detailed) with a slight twist. All my designs I create myself. Sometimes I collaborate with other designers or interns. I know my strengths but I’m certainly not afraid to push my own boundaries and learn. If I know for sure that a job doesn’t suit me, I will refer you to another designer.
When I’m not designing you can find me at concerts, at sea or at pub quizzes.
I love to dive in and immerse myself with information before starting a project. I’d like to know as much as possible about your brand or idea and what impact you want to make. A concept is much stronger when it is built upon your values.
Developing a design concept is just as much fun for me as the designing itself. I base a concept upon trend research, design style and your story. The concept will be visualised through mood boards; showing colours, materials and design elements.
When designing custom prints, I always keep the end product in mind. We’ll create a perfect harmony between your products and my designs.
We discuss your wishes, the possibilities and deadlines together. You are welcome at my studio in Rotterdam, but we can also discuss the possibilities through e-mail or Skype. Your ideas are always welcome.
Shortly after, you receive a non-committal quote and plan by e-mail so you can review the costs and outline of the project. It helps if you state your budget beforehand.
When you accept this quote (via e-mail), the creative process will start as agreed. Depending on the scope of the project a deposit will be made upfront.
Depending on the number of test designs we agreed on, you’ll receive the amount of designs through e-mail in a PDF file or we’ll meet in person if you’re local.
Take your time to review the sketches and tell me which one(s) you’d like me to develop further.
Depending on how many feedback rounds we agreed on in the proposal, this is the time to give your comments so I can adjust the designs to your wishes.
After the feedback, I finalise the design, put it in (technical) repeat if necessary and send it to you for a final check.
After your approval of the final design, I’ll send you the invoice for the (remaining) payment and the editable design files will be delivered via WeTransfer.
I’d like to stay updated on your final product results.
Almost every project starts with research on my part. This is where I get to know your brand’s personality. This rate covers market research, concept development, material research and the creation of mood boards. The rate for this service is € 50 per hour (*excluding 21% VAT).
I create tailored designs that express the identity of my clients. It’s hard to put a single price tag on my designs since it’s all custom work that depends on your wishes. That’s why I work with a fixed design rate of € 63 per hour (*excluding 21% VAT).
In some cases I also work with an advance against royalties: you get a lower fixed design rate than if you would do ‘commission only’, and I get a royalty once your product starts to sell well.
Standard license: € 75 (excluding 21% VAT). This license is non-exclusive but can be used for items for resale and unlimited reproduction. Editable Photoshop .Psd or Illustrator .Ai or .Eps file.
Extended license: € 280 – € 630 (excluding 21% VAT) depending on the type of print. This is a one-off exclusive design that can be used for items for resale and unlimited reproduction. Editable Photoshop .Psd or Illustrator .Ai or .Eps file.
06.2017 – 11.2017 · Earth Matters · group exhibition · TextielMuseum · Tilburg
16.09.2017 · Night of Art & Science · exhibition & workshop · Leiden
05.09.2017 – 07.09.2017 · Keyhouse Sustainable Innovations · exhibition · Munich Fabric Start · Munich
30.08.2017 · Future Flight Movie Night · exhibition & presentation · BlueCity · Rotterdam
06.06.2017 · Fashion Innovation & Sustainability · exhibition & presentation · Venture Café · Rotterdam
06.2017 – 07.2017 · FashionClash Festival · Fashion Makes Sense LAB · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht
01.2017 · reVISIONing Textile · group exhibition · Schatjes art + events · Amsterdam
07.2016 · FashionClash Festival · designer market · SAM Decorfabriek · Maastricht
09.2011 – 11.2011 · Bring it On · group exhibition · Ship of Fools art gallery · The Hague