Renowned Jewelry Designer Alex Sepkus Unveils His Newest Gem: A Finnish Tulikivi Fireplace and Cookstove

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Sepkus teamed up with Tulikivi to integrate the radiant warmth of soapstone into his architectural renovation.

Tulikivi offers lower heating costs and long-lasting warmth

The design of the Tulikivi is very beautiful. Its simple design of squares and rectangles is very appealing, as is the long lasting radiant heat from the soapstone.

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A master of design and a true original in today's jewelry world, Alex Sepkus (http://www.alexsepkus.com) is a craftsman whose priority is beauty, whose insight and passion for his work are his driving force in life and whose abilities lie within his hands. In his home, however, he has teamed up with Tulikivi to integrate the radiant warmth of soapstone into his architectural renovation.

"I do not keep my technique a secret. I only have good tools—my fingers. They transfer the idea from my head to the material," says Sepkus, whose designs are showcased in over 100 of the finest specialty stores around the country, from Bergdorf Goodman in New York to Fox’s in Seattle.

This combination of artistic qualities proved important when Sepkus and his wife, Dange Sirvyte, a photographer, were selecting a new heating source for the Hudson Valley home they were renovating. “My collection is a mosaic of elements from various cultures, time periods, nature, and what I find beautiful,” says Sepkus. “The design of the Tulikivi is very beautiful. Its simple design of squares and rectangles is very appealing, as is the long lasting radiant heat from the soapstone.”

“I call our Tulikivi my ‘warm pet elephant.’ It’s big and gray. The best thing I have,” adds Sepkus.

Lower heating costs, long-lasting warmth and elegant design aren’t the only appealing features for Sepkus. There are also the tastes and aromas that emanate from the Tulikivi cookstove. Notes Sepkus: “We use it everyday. What you can cook with it is unbelievable. It adds such delicious, smoky flavor to meals.”

If he could do it all over again, there is one thing Sepkus would change. “We began our home renovation before discovering Tulikivi. If we had the Tulikivi fireplace first, I would have planned everything around it.”

"It was pleasure working with Alex and Dange,” says Brian Olenych, co-owner of
Mountain Flame (http://www.mountainflame.com), Tulikivi‘s Arkville, New York, distributor. “When a customer appreciates the aesthetics and utilizes all the capabilities of a Tulikivi as they do, there is no better reward for us as a company."

“As a designer, I can’t imagine any home where a Tulikivi wouldn’t fit,” emphasizes Sepkus. From a man who is a master at making intricate stones and metals fit beautifully together, that may be the highest compliment of all.

The Tulikivi Group comprises the Tulikivi Corporation, which is a listed family enterprise, and its subsidiaries. The Tulikivi Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of heat-retaining fireplaces. Tulikivi has three product groups: Fireplaces, Saunas and Interior & Design. Tulikivi and its customers value wellbeing, interior design and the benefits of bioenergy. Tulikivi’s net sales are roughly EUR 60 million, of which exports account for about half. Tulikivi employs over 400 people. For more information about Tulikivi, please
visit http://www.tulikivi.com or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Tulikivi. For the nearest distributor, call 800-843-3473.

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