I’m Laura, the designer behind Kukka, a Rotterdam-based textile design & research studio. Through prints and patterns I help brands and businesses captivate their audience. With over 10 years worth of pattern passion and expertise, 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. After graduating as a Fashion Stylist in 2008 I was offered my first job in fashion. I worked as an in-house designer, designing intimate apparel, accessories, womenswear and textile prints.
Starting my own design studio was a gradual process. I started freelancing on the side in 2010 and in 2015 I decided to focus on Kukka entirely and quit my in-house job.
My design style can be described as fresh, minimalistic (not ornate or incredibly detailed) with a slight twist. I know my strengths but I’m certainly not afraid to push boundaries.
Even though I’m proud of my work for well-known high street fashion brands, it showed me how hazardous fast fashion is to our planet and its inhabitants. That’s why I love to work with rebellious future thinking brands – big or small – that aim to change the system radically or bit by bit.
I try to contribute to a better fashion future by experimenting with innovative materials and biodesign, blogging about hot topics in the industry and speaking in public. I value cross disciplinary collaborations plus sharing and gathering knowledge.
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.