"The designer has a responsibility and a duty: a product which disfigures a room must not be made. The product must also be, easily changed and thus ecological."

Ritva Puotila is a Finnish textile designer and the artistic director and founder of the Finnish design company, Woodnotes. The company, founded in 1987 with her son, Mikko Puotila features products made from paper yarn, and is the first company in the world to use the material in a contemporary way in functional textiles.

Puotila has received many important awards worldwide for her products and for her career, including the Kaj Franck Design Prize, Finland Prize, Good Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, Best Item Award and was also nominated Textile Artist of the Year in 2001. Puotila’s works are on display in the collections of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Architecture and Design Collection of the MoMA.