I’m Laura, the designer behind Kukka, a Rotterdam-based textile & surface design studio. Through prints and patterns I help brands and businesses captivate their audience. With over 10 years worth of pattern passion and textile expertise, I aim to make the world a little prettier. Not just aesthetically but also socially and responsibly.
As a graduated Fashion Stylist in 2008 I worked as an inhouse Intimate Apparel and Womenswear Designer at various fashion companies, where I specialised in creating prints and patterns. Now I design patterns for all types of surfaces, from fashion to interior. I especially like to design for lingerie, swimwear and interior(accessories).
Starting my own design studio was a gradual process. In 2010 I started freelancing next to my inhouse job and since 2015 I completely focus on Kukka.
My design style can be described as fresh, minimalistic (not incredibly ornate or extremely detailed) with a slight twist. I am inspired by music, art, nature and urban patterns that I photograph myself.
In addition to commissions, I also work on personal projects, where I research innovative and sustainable materials and production methods, such as natural dyes from waste streams and bacteria, bioplastics, modular textiles and screen printing without chemical photo emulsion.
At the beginning of a project I immerse myself with information. I want to know as much as possible about your brand or idea and what purpose you have in mind. A concept is much stronger when it is based on your values.
I base the design concept on trend and market research, design style and of course on your story. The concept is then visualised through mood boards showing colours, materials and design elements.
When designing I always keep the end product in mind. We’ll create a perfect harmony between your products and my custom made designs.