Gessato Design Store
Gessato Design Store


Aki was founded by designer Laura Ercole. Growing up in northern Italy, she was immersed in nature from an early age and also exposed to the artisan skills of her familybusiness. This background later influenced her work and helped her establish smallindependent brand AnimaContemporanea in 2014 and later Aki. Handmade in the CzechRepublic, the Aki lamps pay homage to an ancient tradition of lighting oil lamps in ritualsand cultural ceremonies. The name means “sparkle”, “bright”, “hope” and “autumn” in Japanese, giving another layer of meaning to these re-imagine ancient vessels that brighten modern living spaces.

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