Guglielmo Poletti (1987) is an Italian designer, currently based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After the first studies in Milan, he earned an MA in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, where he graduated in June 2016.
Since the very beginning Poletti has developed a clear, yet truly personal language. His practice is deeply rooted in a hands-on investigation of materials and their limits, in relation to the notions of balance and fragility. His simple structures and elementary constructions stand as metaphors of defeated complexity, built around the manipulation of unconventional details. Subtle gestures allow him to achieve a deeper impact, by deconstructing an image and then restoring it with the smallest intervention. His approach is based on a ‘thinking by doing’ philosophy, which he combines with a good deal of intuition, to produce extremely coherent results.
Poletti’s work has been exhibited in several international exhibitions, such as the Dutch Design Week, the Milan Design Week and PAD London fair with Galleria Rossana Orlandi, and Operæ PHM | Piemonte Handmade with SEEDS London gallery.
In January 2018 he has been selected among the six young designers winners of the Italian ‘Rising Talent Awards’ at MAISON&OBJET in Paris. At the same time he’s been shortlisted for the 'Officine Panerai Next Generation Designer of the Year' – part of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2018. The Design museum Gent has recently acquired the prototype of his Equilibrium Stool as part of their permanent collection.
2018 | MAISON&OBJET, 'Rising Talent Awards', 19–23 Jan 2018, Paris, FR2017 | Operæ, PHM – Piemonte Hand Made in collaboration with SEEDS London, 3–5 Nov 2017, Turin, IT2017 | PAD London Art+Design, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, 2–8 Nov 2017, London, UK2017 | Bratislava Design Week, Zoya Gallery, 7–11 Jun 2017, Bratislava, SK2017 | 'Maarten Van Severen & Co. — A Wild Thing', Design museum Gent, Ghent, BE2017 | Milan Design Week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, 4–9 Apr 2017, Milan, IT2017 | 'Relazione di Appartenenza' curated by Pierre Dupont, Spazio MIL – Archivio Sacchi, 28 Mar–9 Apr 2017, Milan, IT2017 | 'SUPPORTS / SURFACES*', SEEDS London – Season 4, 7 Feb–8May 2017, London, UK2016 | Dutch Design Week, 'In Need Of...', Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show, Eindhoven, NL2016 | 'Into The Wild', MVSC01 with Erwan Bouroullec, The Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, BE2015 | 'From A to Z in One Day with Maarten Baas', Kazerne LAB, Eindhoven, NL2014 | Salone Satellite, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, IT
Awards & Recognitions
2018 | Awards | Shortlisted for the 'Officine Panerai Next Generation Designer of the Year', Wallpaper* Design Awards, London, UK2018 | Awards | Among the 6 winners of the 'Rising Talent Awards', MAISON&OBJET, Paris, FR2017 | Acquisitions | 'Equilibrium Stool' Prototype Edition, Design museum Gent, Ghent, BE2015 | Workshops | Selected for the MVSC01 with Erwan Bouroullec, The Maarten Van Severen Foundation, Ghent, BE
Talks & Workshops
2018 | Talks | MAISON&OBJET, 'Rising Talents: The New Stars of Italian Design', Paris, FR2017 | Talks | MADE Program, Rosario Gagliardi Academy of Fine Arts, Syracuse, IT2017 | Talks | Bratislava Design Week, BADW Design Lectures, Bratislava, SK
Design museum Gent, Ghent, BE