Guglielmo Poletti

Rising Talent - January 2018


After finishing his studies in Milan, Guglielmo Poletti (1987) did a Master in Contextual Design at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, where he currently lives.

“Like many other designers who graduated from this school, his work is strongly influenced by an experimental approach,”

Explained uber-famous contemporary design icon Rossana Orlandi.

“But what moved me most in his work is the extreme simplicity he has developed, to a point where the simplicity itself becomes an integral part, a fundamental quality in everything he does.”

But that is not all.

“I’m also happy to have chosen Guglielmo because I see in him a proactive and dynamic mind, someone who thrives in fluid situations, who is constantly living in anticipation of the next projects to come. And I believe these qualities are crucial to find a path that allows you to keep growing with a very personal vision.”

Since the very beginning, Poletti has developed a clear, yet truly personal language, deeply rooted in his research on materials and their limitations (especially considerations relating to balance and fragility). His simple structures and elementary constructions stand as metaphors of defeated complexity, especially through the use of unconventional details. His approach is based on a ‘thinking by doing’ philosophy, which he combines with a good deal of intuition, to produce extremely coherent results. The Design Museum Gent has recently acquired a prototype for his EEquilibrium stool as part of their permanent collection.

For MAISON&OBJET, he will be showing different pieces from his Equilibrium series, which was originally his graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. It was in fact during his graduation show that Guglielmo Poletti and Rossana Orlandi met. Several new elements, including a chair and a lamp, have been added to the original series, which consisted of a console table, a bench, a coffee table and a stool.

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