On May 2, 2012 the “Veliero” Came Back to Life at WPA Chicago. We hosted a special, educational event and reception in honor of Franco Albini’s legendary bookcase, the “Veliero,” which was originally created by the Italian designer in 1940 for his house in Via De Togni, Milan. “Veliero” is the Italian word for sailboat, and is a reference to the bookshelf’s nautical styling.
It appeared in Domus Magazine in July 1941. The public was invited to watch Cassina’s newly re-engineered version of the “Veliero” be constructed from scratch in the showroom. In addition, Marco Albini, son of the architect and director of the Franco Albini Foundation, attended and discussed the history and evolution of the bookshelf.