Born in 1958, Stefano Poletti took a diploma in fashion design at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and then decided to complete his training at Studio Berçot in Paris. In those years he was taken on as a trainee by the couturier Azzedine Alaïa and became an assistant to Elisabeth de Senneville.
In the 1980s he created jewellery and objects strongly inspired by nature: he liked to use a variety of materials and explore how these could interact with each other. He was able to skilfully combine design, experimentation and execution, favouring glass, wire, wood and sand as materials. The result was the creation of extraordinarily lively collections, each seemingly with a spirit of its own. The ‘Botanicus’ collection, made up of evanescent spheres of blown glass containing water and a sprout of ivy, helped to make him known at an international level.
The 1990s were fundamental for Poletti, who worked on films and advertising campaigns: he made jewellery for Fanny Ardant and Jeanne Moreau and in the world of theatre collaborated with Franca Squarciapino.
From the beginning of his career his creativity and unconventional approach attracted the attention of designers of haute couture, who asked him to collaborate on their shows: he has created jewellery for big names like Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé, Thierry Mugler, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, supervising every step in the process of development of the pieces.
Always ready to exchange ideas with the young, he has taught courses of jewellery design at the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Milan, at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims and the NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan. His name appears in the Dictionnaire International du Bijoux (Editions du Regard).
His pieces have been shown at exhibitions in France, Belgium and Italy, as well the United States and Japan.
Today Poletti lives in Paris and makes his one-off pieces in his workshop entirely by hand, with intense and surprising creativity and a spirit of research that never flags.