Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven | TulipPigments
Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven is a product design studio, however in a very different way. We design value chains, from raw material all the way up to product and the consumer experience. Because our projects are so new, different and sometimes radical we like to experiment, test and design the entire value chain to finish with a Proof of Principle.
Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven, Tjeerd Veenhoven, Groningen, Palmleer, palm leather, huis veendam, material development, Sustainable Business, Global Change Award, social entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship and sustainability
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Tulip Pigments

The tulip is an icon of the Dutch culture. Thousands of hectares are planted each year to export the bulbs worldwide. Strangely, the most beautiful part of the flower, the head, has no economic value except being a coveted photo object of many a tourist.

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven worked for eight months to extract new value from this waste residual, namely pigment. The flower heads are collected by us and dried. Through a mechanical and biochemical process the color is extracted form the petal. Every time it is a surprise what color emerges from this almost artisanal process. The applications run from finger-paint to the coloring of biological plastic. This gives flower petals besides aesthetic value also economic benefits.


2014, 2015, 2016


The Netherlands yearly cultivates eleven thousand hectares of tulip in countless color variations . Per hectare there can grow up to 800.000 flowers enabling a potential yield of around 800 kg of organic pigment!


The Netherlands

Materials, Products
petal, tulip