Tulikivi Warms Up #DesignLUX with Guest Host Susan Serra

The Hearth.

Once upon a time, the hearth served as the nucleus of the traditional home; the glowing flames of an open fire not simply acting as an important source of warmth heating the home during cold weather and a reliable way to prepare daily meals, but also a communal place at which friends and family gather to connect and share.  For many, the hearth conjures up notions of nostalgia - hanging stockings along the mantle every Christmas Eve, sharing stories (ghost stories anyone?) while bundled next to glowing embers, or even the roasting of marshmallows for ooy gooey S'mores.  In my own home, we still take advantage of a rainy day to settle in with an old movie and a crackling fire in our 100-year old fireplace.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
— Benjamin Franklin

The fireplace in recent times, however, has managed to gain a bit of a bad rap in the United States, newly built homes either opting for a metal unit lit by a boring gas flame or eliminating the hearth all together.  Not so in Western Europe where the traditional wood-powered soapstone or ceramic fireplace can still be found in constant use.  Countries like Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have held tightly to these multi-use appliances, giving them a place of importance in their kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms.

This coming Thursday, Finnish manufacturer of Soapstone fireplaces, Tulikivi will be helping to heat up #DesignLUX, taking us out of the cold and into the warm embrace of an open fire.  Joined by guest hostess Susan Serra CKD, we'll be celebrating the traditional heating and cooking methods of Western Europe as well as discussing the factors that make traditional fire-driven heaters environmentally conscious, the benefits of working with Soapstone, and inspiring tips for bringing these age old methods and materials into the modern kitchen of today  Step out of the snow and thaw out with #DesignLUX. 

#DesignLUX | Thursday March 26th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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Courtesy Tulikivi

Courtesy Tulikivi

Courtesy Tulikivi

Courtesy Tulikivi

Courtesy Tulikivi

Courtesy Tulikivi

This episode of #DesignLux is brought to you by:
Tulikivi  | www.Tulikivi.com
Based in Finland, Tulikivi is the world's largest manufacturer of heat-retaining fireplaces and ovens crafted from soapstone and ceramics.   Through their uniquely designed and high-quality heating & cooking products, Tulikivi brings warmth and comfort to homes around the world, emphasizing their dedication to several core values - individual well being, environmental consciousness, and innovation through tradition.

Courtesy Susan Serra

Courtesy Susan Serra

Courtesy Susan Serra

Courtesy Susan Serra

Courtesy Susan Serra

Courtesy Susan Serra

This week's special Guest Host is:
Susan Serra, CKD
www.SusanSerraAssociates.com
// www.ScandinavianMade.com
Hailing from The Empire State, Susan Serra is the wearer of many hats. At once a certified kitchen designer with a mission to take kitchen design to a higher more personalized level, highly acclaimed writer and photographer with editorial appearing in some of the country's best interior design journals, and recently, the founder and creative impetus behind Scandinavian Made, bringing to the United States a collection of vintage and new rugs sourced from the best Scandinavian artists, we're honored to have Susan join us again for #DesignLUX.


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