Tuesday 2 February 2021

Kukka presents Chromarama, the role of design in colour blindness

photo by Studio Soest
From 4 to 7 February 2021, Kukka presents the textile project Chromarama, with an online exhibition from De Wasserij in Rotterdam. 

Chromarama questions one of the most basic aspects of design: colour. Chromarama investigates colour perception and experience by people with Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), more commonly known as colour blindness, translated into jacquard woven tapestries. For most people seeing all colours comes naturally. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are colour blind. What role can design (education) play? How do you ensure that visual information is not lost? How can we take visual limitations into account in both functional and aesthetic design?  

Textile Design
This artistic research has been translated into five jacquard woven tapestries. The graphic colour studies, inspired by Josef Albers and the Ishihara test, play with shape, contrast, texture, subtle shine, pattern and tactility. This talk discusses the research process and the design of the tapestries. With Chromarama, Kukka wants to contribute to a (design) world, where there is room for valuable experiences of people with a visual impairment or disability.

designer Laura Luchtman, photo by Iris Tempelaar

The exhibition opens on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 am with an online tour. Laura Luchtman from Kukka will tell more about the project in a virtual lecture on Friday 5 February at 11:00 am. Both events can be followed online for free.

More information:

Practical information exhibition “Chromarama” | online
Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 February

Thursday February 4 | 11:00 - 12:00
virtual opening with artist talk via Instagram Live @kukkadesign

Friday February 5 | 11:00 - 11:40
virtual lecture via Zoom, register for free via Eventbrite

Chromarama is made possible by Dutch Creative Industries Fund, Stokroos Foundation, TextielMuseum and De Wasserij. 

About Kukka
Kukka is Laura Luchtman's textile and surface design studio. Kukka focuses on experimental colour and material research and is driven by the ecological and social aspects of sustainability. Through groundbreaking approaches to textiles, colour, production and consumption, Kukka aims to change our perception and provide opportunities for a more conscious industry. 


photo by Kukka

photo by Kukka

photo by Kukka

photo by Studio Soest

photo by Studio Soest

photo by Studio Soest

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