Woodnotes is a Finnish design company founded in 1987 by textile designer Ritva Puotila and her son Mikko Puotila. The company is still owned by its founders.
The original concept of Woodnotes' products was to combine the artistic creativity inspired by Finland’s rugged nature with valuable craftsmanship and advanced technologies, utilizing basic Finnish raw materials, wood and paper. Woodnotes is the first company in the world to use paper yarn in a contemporary way in functional textiles. Ritva Puotila wanted to use paper yarn because of its properties – to make the most of its unique characteristics, not as a substitute for other materials.
The Woodnotes collection, which has expanded over the years from carpets made from paper yarn to a comprehensive concept, is augmented every year with new, relevant, and innovative products. Woodnotes products are recognized around the globe for their elegant design and superior quality. The company currently exports 70% of its production to over 40 countries. Woodnotes products are sold at higher-end interior design and design retailers. Woodnotes products have won numerous international awards.
Environmental concerns play a central role in all of Woodnotes production activities and those of their partners as well. The paper yarn used by Woodnotes has been spun from durable heavyweight paper that can be recycled or burned to produce energy. Their products are biodegradable. The white paper is produced without the use of chlorine gas, and the dyes used to colour our yarn contain neither halogen-organic compounds nor heavy metals. Woodnotes and their partner companies are continuously searching for new methods to improve our ecological competitiveness.