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Lighting Design Collective, a Madrid-based provider of creative lighting solutions, has opened an office in Helsinki, Finland. A location close to the Nordic, Russian and Asian markets was one of the reasons the company chose Helsinki. Another was the good reputation of Finnish design.
The new Helsinki office serves as the company’s regional headquarters. In addition to the Finnish and Nordic market, it also covers the Russian and Asian markets.
— Helsinki is a dynamic, European capital that offers a business environment with a high living standard and a densely located clientele. Good connections to the Asian market were also important to us when we chose Helsinki as the location of our new office. We have ongoing projects for example in Shanghai, said Jari Vuorinen, co-founder of the Helsinki office.
World Design Capital Helsinki
The company’s journey to the Finnish market started with Helsinki’s year as the World Design Capital in 2012. Lighting Design Collective Madrid won a design contest organized by the city of Helsinki and was thus chosen to design a light-art project in the city. The work, Silo 468, has since won five international design prizes.
— The experience of working with Finnish partners was so positive that we wanted to continue working here. It was easier to create a high-quality work of art in Finland that it has been in many other countries. That really gave us an incentive to open an office here. The quality of contemporary Finnish architecture is also very high, so working with Finnish architects is a pleasure, said Tapio Rosenius, who is the other founder of the Helsinki office as well as the founder of the parent company in Madrid.
The fact that Rosenius himself is a Finn helped with the decision to expand to Finland, although he still works in the Madrid office himself.
Potential projects and pleasant environment
Prior to opening the new office the founders had to do thorough market research as well as marketing.
— We met with Finnish architects as well as clients from the private and public sector. There is and will be a lot of building and construction work in Finland in the near future, and there really was no provider that could offer something akin to our service. Finland and the Helsinki area offer lots of potential high-quality projects and a pleasant working environment, Vuorinen and Rosenius said.
— We intend to bring something entirely new to the Finnish market. We are lucky to be able to utilize our local knowledge combined with our international experience.
The good reputation of Finnish design
In the future, Lighting Design Collective Helsinki plans to grow its network of partners and clients in Finland and in the Nordic area. In the long term, it plans to increase the number of its projects and employees in a way that will not compromise quality.
— We intend to be an office of 15 employees within the next three years. We want to become a part of the Finnish design culture that is known for its quality and therefore easy to market. Our goal is to take this expertise all over the world, Rosenius and Vuorinen stated.
Lighting Design Collective has offices in Madrid, London and Helsinki and works for a diverse international clientele. It designs lighting projects ranging from large buildings and lighting master plans to urban environments and light-art commissions.
Text: Anu Jussila
Article is produced in cooperation with Good News Finland