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Sami Ruotsalainen

I work best when: At the kitchen table, in my own home

My greatest design influence: Travel, cultures, history, everyday life

My best design moment: When I was in Japan in 2002 and did my first work under my own name as a professional designer

My most important mentor: Kristina Isola

The word that best describes my design philosophy: Clean lines and silence

My first memory of Marimekko: The curtains in our auditorium at school

The Marimekko product I use all the time: Tasaraita and men’s knits by Samu-Jussi Koski

When I travel I always take: An iPod and a sketchbook

An Oiva teapot makes a great gift.

The pattern I’m most fascinated with right now: Various textures and surfaces; stripes and small, discreet patterns

The smell that reminds me of childhood: Cinnamon buns and my parents’ colognes

The best Sunday morning music: Carla Bruni

If I were not working as a designer, I would be: A gourmet chef