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THE STUDIO

Kukka

bespoke design since 2010

Kukka is a textile and surface design studio with a focus on experimental colour and material research. By creating thought-provoking approaches to textiles, colour, production and consumption, Kukka aspires to change our perception and create opportunities for a more conscious industry.

The studio often takes social, ecological or cultural issues as a starting point. Kukka’s work is always layered, while managing to balance visual calm and stimulation.

Next to self-initiated projects, Kukka designs tailormade prints and patterns for brands and manufacturers, with a focus on a sustainable future.

Kukka {KOOK-kah} means “blossom” in the Finnish language. In spring, when nature awakens and trees start to blossom, everything starts with a fresh new energy. Prints and patterns can do the same for your surface; they are one of the most valued tools to make your products come alive.

Founder and Designer

fueled by a passion for patterns

Clients and Collaborators

past and current selection

Exhibitions, Auctions, Fairs

Talks

TV, Radio & Podcasts

Awards, Grants, Residencies

2021

Dezeen Awards 2021 · Design award · project “Chromarama” shortlisted in design category Homeware, winner 3rd place in Public Vote

European light industries innovation and technology (ELIIT) project · European grant · project “BInc” in cooperation with Living Colour and Vienna Textile Lab (work in progress)

Droom & Daad Foundation · Design grant · project “Chromarama 2.0” in cooperation with Tegendraads

2020

Taskforce Fashion 2020 · Residency for Responsible Fashion

Creative Industries Fund NL · Design grant · project “Chromarama”

Stokroos Foundation · Art & Design grant · project “Chromarama”

2019

Greenpact Impact Award ·  won by our ACT-students team from Wageningen University & Research for “Living Colour” research

Creative Industries Fund NL · Voucher foreign presentation · project “Living Colour” at Future Fabrics Expo London

2018

Future Fashion Pioneers · nomination · by Dutch TV show VPRO Tegenlicht for project “Living Colour”

Bankgiro Lottery Fund · grant · project The Future of Living Materials in collaboration with CoE ArtEZ Future Makers and Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Memberships