Kapteeninkatu 24, 00140 Helsinki, Finland
Goldsmith Kulmala’s story starts off in 2005 in Ullanlinna, Helsinki.
However, the roots go decades back to Käkelä village in Tavastia region. Prior engineer officer of a felt boot factory, Mr. Kulmala, spent his golden days with the curious and apt learner grandson, Pekka.
Easygoing but active days in Käkelä consisted typically of small building or fixing projects, crafting and carving – unless the attension was caught in some wonders and treasures of nature, found in the surrounding grounds. To little Pekka, they were almost as fascinating as the secrets of the globe such as volcanos, glaciers, smaragds and topaz, revealed by the old Atlas in the bookshelf.
When time came to decide future occupacional paths, Pekka understood that the goldsmith training in Lahti Design Institute was the one to take. Occupaction of a goldsmith would combine all his passions and also honour the memory of grandfather.
Now Pekka Kulmala is an esteemed master goldsmith. Jewellery created under the Goldsmith Kulmala brand are uncompromized pieces of craftmanship, where classic features are united with modern design.
“Each project is as large as a small jewel can be.”
Pekka has always found inspiration in nature. Already as a little boy, his pockets were filled with stones found in the nearby surroundings, beaches and roadsides and his thoughts often escaped to freedom and outdoors.
Now he unwinds on a private island together with his family. Nature and its’ annual cycle provide continuous subjects to marvel at. Birdwatching, sport fishing and identifying of trees and rocks together with daughters, efficiently takes the mind off everyday life.
Valueing and respecting nature is something Pekka wants to pass on to next generations. Nature is present in Kulmala’s jewellery as the proportionate harmony of measurements, as well as in the themes of the jewellery.
The most junior of Kulmala goldsmiths, Ella, loves to travel and finds that crafting of jewellery and travelling have much in common. Both are about discovering and realizing something new and seeing beauty. Ella believes you can experience similar kind of enchantment by a fine piece of jewellery or a gemstone, than when admiring a waterfall or even when dancing or listening to music.
When Ella gets carried away by molding of materials, she is taken in by the flow and enters her own private magical world. She is driven by strong will to learn more and develop the technical knowhow even further. The journey is what counts, not the destination – though the Wow-effect of a finished, perfect piece of jewellery is unbeatable.
After his first career as an engineer, Petteri enjoys his current profession as a goldsmith, where he can create meaningful beauty in the world. This can even well be described as freezing the moment. After all, jewels crown and symbolize the most important and greatest moments in life. In jewellery these moments pass from one generation to next ones.
Petteri finds that beauty often involves functionality. Fascination to the harmonious combination of beauty and functionality also lead him to his hobby, 1930’s antique cars. When Petteri gets his hands on rusty sheet of metal and gets to visualize, what lies behind the rough surface, he lights up similarly than facing a seemingly modest, still in its’ natural state gemstone. The goal is to find, process and refine beauty. It requires resilience, perseverance and love for details.