Maija Puoskari was born in Tornio, northern Finland, in 1978. Puoskari studied in Applied Art and Design at the Aalto University of Helsinki, where she graduated in 2009. She got her BA at Kuopio Academy of Design, Savonia University of Applied Sciences in 2003. Before her design studies Puoskari had already graduated as a florist. Because of her background it’s no surprise that she often draws inspiration from nature. Puoskari’s work is characterized by a strong sense of pure form mixed with functionality and precise finishing. She works widely with various design and exhibition projects. Puoskari´s tile collection for Tulikivi, the worlds largest manufacturer of heat-retaining fireplaces, was launched in 2010. Puoskari has been awarded with several grands and prizes, and her work has been shown in many national and international collection exhibitions and fairs. Puoskari works and lives in Helsinki. She enjoys working hard, intensively and intuitively. At free time outdoor living is her choice; fishing, gathering mushrooms and grilling sausages over a campfire.