Veliero bookcase designed by Franco Albini is a masterpiece of artistic manufacture.
Franco Albini (1905-1977) is one of the most prominent Italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer. His works display a commitment to perfect aesthetics and details. He successfully combined the new forms of modernism with more traditional forms and techniques using clear lines and simple shapes.
His creations display a perfect relation between proportions and the basic principles of his aesthetics. The critics describe his work as a conceptual bridge between artistic manufacture and contemporary technological solutions, traditional and modern, and him as a poetic rationalist.
His most complex piece of furniture is most certainly the fantastic Veliero (sailing ship), a bookcase designed in 1940 and open to the public this year, thanks to the prestigious Italian company Cassina and Albini foundation. This unusual bookcase is a perfect union of statics, transparency and dynamics.
Due to its delicate structure it seems almost abstract. It has striking dimensions: 205.5cm long, 55.5cm deep and 264 cm high. It is entirely hand-made according to the traditional principles in two finishes: natural ash and dark coloured ash in a limited series of 50 pieces.