Our story

The operations of Aicci started in 2006. At the time the founder of the company Sauli Koukkari was witnessing a new situation, noticing how the development of LEDs was revolutionizing lighting and how the demand for special lighting was going to increase. As a designer, Sauli was especially interested in slim lighting surfaces. Sauli looked deeper into the matter, developed the technology and the structure of lighting fixtures, where light is distributed optically over a wide area. With this method it is possible to create a luminous light, which is soft and pleasant to the eye.

LED lights are regarded ecological and maintenance-free, even though everyone understands that this might not necessarily be the case.  Along with LEDs there has been a general acceptance of lighting fixtures, where the light source cannot be replaced. In case of a fault, many lighting fixtures are dumped as waste, even though these could have extremely long life cycle, if the lights could be maintained according to sustainable development principles.

Sauli used to design for the process industry of industrial electronics and in his work embraced the thinking that it should be possible to maintain and repair everything created. In line with this principle, Sauli has developed lighting structures, where LEDs can be replaced and otherwise maintained.

As is well known, Aicci is the first manufacturer, whose lighting panels have replaceable LEDs – since 2008. Thereby it is natural that the other Aicci products can also be maintained and have light sources, which can be easily replaced.

I have my background in interior decoration and furniture design. During and after my studies I have worked as an entrepreneur since 1999, designing mainly offices. Very early in my work I noticed the significance of light on a room and its users, wherefore I delved deeper into the matter.

When we met in summer 2015 on a trip with the lluminating Engineering Society of Finland, Sauli and I noticed that we shared the same vision of the significance of light, what a good light is like, and how light affects wellbeing.

As a result of our mutual understanding, I started working at Aicci in summer 2016. What I have enjoyed in this work is the diversity, the possibility to develop and meet new challenges, and to work on something that brings pleasure to me and primarily to the users of our products.

We have toyed with the idea of our own Aicci lighting collection, where we could utilize the knowhow and long experience of us both in different fields. Our skills are manifested in the fact that Aicci lights have been delivered to demanding sites in more than 30 countries and we have even produced lighting fixtures for the research of light-sensitive fish.

So it came that we decided to create a modern lighting product, which in the course of the process evolved into a table, where practicality and timelessness are combined with light that is exceptional and beautiful from the aspect of illumination technology.

We hope that our products reach the people, who value the refined design of an illuminated table, the enjoyable light with versatile control range, and solutions executed in line with sustainable development principles.

In Muurame on 23.3.2020

Päivi Charpentier

Internationalization project of Aicci Oy in 2019

Entry to international markets was a natural sequel to our decision to create a modern lighting product. We have been helped in this by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Central Finland. The project will last until the end of 2020.