Bright ideas from designing with kids

There is nothing that holds more possibilities than a child’s imagination. In the dark however, things look different and falling asleep can be difficult. LeeLuu is a soft interactive nightlight that keeps up with kids’ imagination. With LeeLuu the child can bravely explore the dark corners of the room and leave a LeeLuu light there to guard it. Any of the LeeLuu’s can be used to control the others, so the light atmosphere can be changed from bed.

LeeLuu is designed and developed in collaboration with families. The input from over 120 kids here in Helsinki helped create LeeLuu. There is a group of families working continuously with us who are contributing with ideas and experiences.

In the team behind LeeLuu we have experience of the challenge of helping our kids sleep in their own room. All of us have also been children with an active imagination. Sometimes it led to problems with sleeping. Now that we are grown up, we can use that imagination to help other kids sleep better.

Interactive textile technology enables LeeLuu to be controlled by touch. The textile also means that the LeeLuu is a soft-toy as well as a light. LeeLuu is intuitive and playful to interact with. We have designed an experience the kids themselves call ”magic”.

Our team

People behind LeeLuu Nightlights.

Project management and electronics

Lisa Gerkens

Product development
+358 41 751 8151

Design thinking & user research

Hanna Markgren

Design Strategy
+358 46 553 9026 / +46 736 500 907

Interactive textile technologies

Emmi Pouta

Textile Innovation
+358 44 043 2576


Sanghyun Ryu

+358 45 897 3379

Business & Marketing

Heini Salovuori

Business Development
+358 50 375 1131



Entrepreneurship & Digital Marketing

Eero Anhava

Entrepreneurship & Digital Marketing

Jussi Mikkonen

Engineering and Innovation

Marketing strategies & Toy Industry

Hani Tarabichi

Marketing strategies & Toy Industry


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