- POSTED 6.30.12
- "Veliero" Comes Back to Life
- 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.
- POSTED 3.1.12
- spring launch event
- Save the Date
6:00pm – 8:00pm
- WPA Chicago is happy to partner with CS Interiors to release the new spring issue and premier the new Cassina Outdoor collection. WPA Chicago will be the first and only retail store in the Midwest to receive the debut line. Please contact info@wpachicago to request an invitation.
- POSTED 2.29.12
- CASSINA OUTDOOR COLLECTION
- This Spring WPA Chicago welcomes Cassina's first-ever Outdoor Collection, which features innovative interpretations of some of the most iconic designs by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanerette and Charlotte Perriand. WPA Chicago is the first store in the Midwest to receive this debut Cassina line. Cassina's new collection includes outdoor versions of the LC1 small armchair, the LC3 armchair and two-seater sofa, the LC7 small armchair, the LC8 stool, the LC10-P series of tables and a never before produced project by Charlotte Perriand from 1940: the Tokyo chaise longue, a reinterpretation of the famous LC4.
To create its debut outdoor line, Cassina conducted extensive, in-depth research, updating the materials and construction details of its furniture pieces in order to maximize the collection's resistance to water, humidity and heat in extreme outdoor conditions. Each furniture piece is crafted with high-performance technological solutions such as stuffing with special draining properties and 100-percent natural and biological fibers. Cushions are made with ultra-resistant fabric upholstery and tubular frames are constructed of stainless steel. Cassina developed this project in close collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation and Pernette Perriand-Barsac, daughter and sole heir of Charlotte Perriand, together with the consultancy of authoritative design historian, Professor Arthur Rüegg.
Cassina's new Outdoor Collection is ideal for furnishing both exterior public spaces and private residences. Like all pieces in the Cassina I Maestri Collection, the respective outdoor versions are each marked with the signature of the designers, logo and production number: an unmistakable indication of their rigorous authenticity.