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Our heritage

The story of Lappset began in 1970, when Antero Ikäheimo noticed that the playgrounds were poorly equipped and set up a family-run company manufacturing wooden playground equipment. He wanted to create a warmer and softer play environment for his children, and so Lappset was born. In the picture, Antero is holding in his arms his eldest daughter Johanna, who is now the Chairman of the Board of Lappset Group.

The Story of Lappset

Lappset is a play on words, from the Finnish the word “lapset” meaning children, and the combination of Lap- from Lapland and a Set- from a set of equipment.

Antero's vision was to provide inspirational playground equipment that would encourage children to play outdoors. His passion for outdoor play soon spread around the world, and today Lappset Group is one of the leading playground design companies in the world.

Headquartered and manufactured in the enchanting hometown of Santa Claus - Rovaniemi in northern Finland – Lappset is committed to operating consciously with an ethical and sustainable approach. Nature has always been a good advocator of our choice of materials and design. Northern pine, the main raw material used, is an environmentally friendly choice with a negative carbon footprint. The iconic clover-shaped wooden post also featured in Lappset logo, was invented as an employee of Lappset discovered that this is the ideal shape for the durability of the wooden posts.

For over 50 years, Lappset has been providing innovative products that are designed with safety, usability, and fun in mind. From wooden playgrounds to modern exercise equipment and digital innovations, Lappset has something for everyone.

Today, Antero’s legacy lives on through his family-run business which continues to inspire generations of children to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Lappset. Movement for every heartbeat.

Explore some of the milestones on Lappset's 53-year long journey.