Ritva Puotila, a renowned Finnish designer, has garnered much success as the artistic director of Woodnotes, which focuses on creating interior textiles from wood and paper. She founded the company in 1987 alongside her son, Mikko Puotila, and has since made a name for herself in the industry.
The traditional ryijy from Finnish farmhouses, a practical textile whose primary purpose is to provide warmth, heavily influences Puotilla's wool-linen pile carpets.
Her passion for paper yarn has led to her creation of unique textiles, which often take inspiration from the traditional ryijy of Finnish farmhouses, a practical textile whose primary purpose is to provide warmth. Puotilla's designs incorporate hand-tufting techniques and a vibrant range of threads and colours to provide warmth and practicality.
Puotila's accolades include the gold medal at the Milano XII Trienniale in 1960, the Finland Prize, and the Kaj Franck Design Prize for lifetime achievement. Her works are highly esteemed and have earned her a place in the Architecture and Design Collection at MOMA and other prestigious museums.