My career in architectural lighting design started in 2000 at VALOA design Ltd while wrapping up my lighting studies at Tampere Polytechnic. Over the years I have been leading a multitude of projects spanning from residential designs to city master-plans, both in Finland and abroad. After 12 years, it was time for the next step. Therefore, in order to pursue our own visions, we started the WhiteNight agency together with Joonas Saaranen in the spring of 2013.
Light in nature is my source of inspiration.
CV Arto Heiskanen 2016
In my lighting designs, I wish to challenge the darkness with light to create contrast and contour. I’ve studied Industrial design in Rovaniemi, Barcelona, and Berlin before gaining my degree in architectural lighting design in Stockholm Sweden KTH ALD 2009. After this I’ve worked across Europe in lighting design in both large scale corporate level companies as well as in independent agencies. Currently I’m combining both of my passions, lighting and luminaire design, here at WhiteNight.
The Nordic light is a combination of extremes from endless days to dark gloomy hours. This unique variation of light creates an endless source for inspiration.
CV Joonas Saaranen 2016
New guy in the lighting business since graduating from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in June 2018. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Building Services has provided a solid basis of lighting approaching it from technical view all the way from physical phenomena to the structure of the luminaires and different control systems. During my studies I found light and lighting as an interesting subject from all the different point of views, hence I ended up writing my thesis of Human Centric Lighting. I met Arto during the thesis project and later got a chance to work for WhiteNight Lighting expanding my knowledge to the architectural lighting and to approach light from visual point of view.
Light and lighting is an interesting entity allowing use of it in many ways. I am interested of increasing my know-how of lighting from all the different point of views.