We showcased at London Design Festival! Kukka took part in the exhibition Colour Via at Surface Matter; an explorative exhibition which showcases innovative approaches to colouring materials in a post-industrial world.


In an exciting collaboration between Surface Matter - a leading authority on material innovation and application - and Colour of Saying - a London-based consultancy specialising in experiential colour and materials design - Colour Via opens up discussion around new opportunities and directions for sustainable design and will be a space to experience new colour processes as they emerge.

“Everything on display either limits waste or has a sensitive approach to colour production” explains Laura Perryman, Founder of Colour of Saying and curator of Colour Via

The act of transferring colour in or on materials dramatically changes the appearance and value in so many ways but more often than not many have toxic waste implications. A new shift sees a breed of designers and manufacturers not just superfluously adding colour, but considering more innovative circular approaches and conscientious applications.

As part of the display, a variety objects, swatches and test samples demonstrate colour in or on materials, that either limit waste in some way and or have a sensitive approach to production techniques, challenging current industrial colour mass manufacture methods.

Colour Via exhibition at Surface Matter London


Jessica den Hartdog, Charlotte Kidger, Agne Kucerenkaite, Liga Studio, Living Colour by Kukka & Ilfa Siebenhaar, Llot Llov, Martens & Visser, Mirrl. Every exhibit has been selected by Perryman for its illustration of a significant shift in how we think about, apply and create colour and will highlight one or more of the exhibition’s sub-themes:

  • Reductionism
  • Responsible Acts
  • Control & Coincidence
  • Embracing the Future



Kukka's biodesign project Living Colour is part of Embracing the Future, the final sub-theme. This theme presents the case for an holistic approach to colouration that integrates biology and technology. In a compelling model for sustainable materiality, Living Colour uses live bacteria and cymatic (sound) frequencies to create colour without chemicals and with very little water. Visitors to Colour Via will be able to see and feel some our samples of coloured silks.

Kukka's project Living Colour at the Colour Via exhibition


Surface Matter
29 Westgate Street
London E8 3RL

15 - 28 September 2018

Mon - Fri 9:30h - 17:30h
Sat - Sun 10:00h - 16:00h
Late night opening 17th & 19th 18:00h - 21:00h

For more information about Colour Via and the participating designers visit the London Design Festival website.


Design Insider created a trend report which captures what they felt were the most inspiring ideas. And Colour Via was one of the editor's picks. Download the full London Design Festival trend report here.

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