Guglielmo Poletti (b. 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 the 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 was selected among the six young designers winners of the Italian ‘Rising Talent Awards’ at MAISON&OBJET in Paris. At the same time he was shortlisted for the 'Officine Panerai Next Generation Designer of the Year' – part of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2018.His first industrially produced work – the tile collection ‘Segments’, designed for the Italian ceramic company Decoratori Bassanesi – has been awarded with the ‘ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Design Award’ as the most innovative product presented at Cersaie 2018. While Elle Decor Italia has nominated him as 'Young Talent of the Year' for the 2019 edition of the EDIDA – Elle Deco International Desing Awards.The Design museum Gent has recently acquired the prototype of his Equilibrium Stool as part of their permanent collection.
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