by Luís Carolino
Maison et Objet‘s agents seek every single year for new creators and talented minds. These unique talents are awarded by their great potential, as well as their mentors. This offers them visibility and it’s a way to showcase their artistic process. Today, Sideboards & Buffets Blog presents you Guglielmo Poletti and it’s incredible work.
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Poletti, born in 1987, is a Milan-based artist and designer. He moved to the Netherlands after finishing its basic education and there attended to the Design Academy of Eindhoven (DAE). Where he recently got his Master’s Degree in Contextual Design.
Poletti defends that is art has its own personality and language. He draws interpretations of functionality in specific contexts. He searches for the essence of objects and materials and aims to showcase them through an “elementary constructivist” point of view. His designs usually come from maximum curiosity or just simple details on a daily basis.
His pieces with their concept of simplicity and movement speak for themselves. A very good example of this is his Equilibrium Collection, his graduation project at DAE. In an interview with in-between.online earlier in July, Poletti explains the collection:
“For my graduation project, I worked on two parallel layers, the theoretical one on one side, and the one concerning the making on the other. My thesis explored some philosophical aspects that one often encounters during the process of making, while the outcome itself took shape on its own. (…) ‘Equilibrium’ shows a personal fascination for construction, based on the manipulation of details and small gestures. Simplicity comes as simplified complexity, a search for the heart of the matter and its limit. Tension is not a specific theme I will stick to for the future, but I guess from this project one can get an idea of some aspects that interest me.”
When asked about his opinions about the design industry, he had some interesting remarks to make: “I haven’t worked with the industry yet. I am still looking for a certain freedom, and the gallery world allows you to do so. I see many experimental young designers around also willing to explore unconventional routes, searching for very personal outcomes. …”
“… If I think of the industry, in my opinion, the best furniture and lighting companies are still based in Italy, although nowadays the scenario is changing. Many of these companies were family-driven businesses, characterized by a human connection that made the collaborations with iconic designers so powerful. This is slowly disappearing, and without this formula, I am not sure what can make a difference. (…)”
Poletti says he has decided to keep experimenting with his skills and continue to design freely, although he still considers Italy to be the place to be for designers looking to thrive in the industry.
“…Certainly, the production in Italy is still of extremely high quality, and if I had the chance to work with the industry I’d choose my home country. But I think this might happen later on, as an evolution of my more free work.”
Let’s wait for M&O 2018 to see the incredible work of this young designer and creator.
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