Chicago Forward: The Status of Women in Chicago — Tomorrow June 6!

Don’t miss tomorrow night’s fantastic Trib Nation Chicago Forward event at Chase Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here: http://chicagofwdwomen.eventbrite.com/ 

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Albini’s Veliero Bookshelf Comes Back to Life at WPA Chicago

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On May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., WPA Chicago will host a special, educational event and reception in honor of Fondazione Franco Albini’s legendary bookcase, the “Veliero,” which was originally created by the Italian designer in 1940 as a one-off piece for his house in Via De Togni, Milan.

The bookshelf famously appeared on the front cover of Domus magazine in July 1941 and went on to gain notoriety and iconic status in Italian design culture because it symbolized the Italian concept of attributing multiple complex functions to a domestic object. “Veliero” is the Italian word for sailboat, and is a reference to the bookshelf’s nautical styling—layered glass shelves are suspended with a system of steel ties from two ash wood beams, and books on the shelf appear to be floating in the air.

Albini’s creation defied the conventions of balance and subsequently collapsed in his house in 1960; however, after six years of intense research and work, Italian furniture company Cassina has succeeded in creating a stable iteration of Albini’s innovative piece, and has permanently added it to Cassina’s I Maestri Collection. The public is invited to watch as Cassina’s newly re-engineered version of the “Veliero” is constructed from scratch in WPA’s showroom. In addition, Marco Albini, son of the architect and director of the Franco Albini Foundation, will discuss the history and evolution of the bookshelf. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to info@wpachicago.com

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Special Kneen & Co. Open House Event

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This coming Tuesday, April 24, Kneen & Co. is hosting a special open house event featuring the stunning Elements and Alloys (Ena) jewelry of Karen Moustafellos. Stop by and treat yourself to some amazing retail therapy!

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Simply Magnificent: A Showcase of Homes

ImageThe long-awaited Simply Magnificent: A Showcase of Homes is finally upon us! Presented by Traditional Home and Prism Development Company, 
the showcase will feature five designers from around the world, each creating one-of-a-kind, ultra-luxury homes in their own distinctive 
styles at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, Magnificent Mile, 118 E. Erie at Michigan Avenue. 

The internationally-known designers featured in the Showcase include Doug Atherley of London, Javier Martin Muriel of Marbella, 
Frank Ponterio of Lake Forest, Samantha Todhunter of London, and Julia Wong of Los Angeles. Including beautiful Showcase kitchens by Mick De Giulio of de Giulio kitchen design.

The showcase will be open for public tours April 20 through May 13, and all ticket sales will benefit The Art Institute of Chicago
 Auxiliary Board and its mission. The tour will include a view into The Residence’s Landmark Club and will showcase its private art 
collection, grand entertainment spaces, and luxurious lifestyle represented within the artfully designed space.
 Click here to purchase tickets. We would hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Spring Tonight at WPA Chicago!

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Join us tonight in WPA Chicago’s gorgeous showroom as we celebrate the launch of the latest issue of CS Interiors and the arrival of Cassina’s first-ever Outdoor Furniture Collection. There will be music, refreshments and prizes. We would love to see you there!

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Join Us at Bentwood of Chicago for the Launch of “House Beautiful Kitchens”

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Please stop by Bentwood of Chicago’s showroom in the Merchandise Mart on April 24, from 5-8 p.m., as we celebrate the launch of Lisa Cregan’s new book, House Beautiful Kitchens. Lisa will be signing books and refreshments will be served. RSVP to chicagodesk@bentwoodkitchens.com. Hope to see you there!

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Chicago Tribune Unveils Printers Row

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Bookworms and literary enthusiasts have reason to rejoice: the Chicago Tribune today unveiled Printers Row, a new membership-driven literary offering for those seeking richer coverage of book reviews, authors, discussions and original stories—all in celebration of the written word. Printers Row is a book lover’s dream, offering its members a wellspring of literary news, insights and perks. Members receive the Printers Row Journal, a 24-page weekly supplement with in-depth interviews, author profiles, book reviews and special reports on Chicago and Midwest writers.  Each weekly journal is accompanied by a bonus booklet of original fiction.  In addition, membership in Printers Row provides exclusive benefits including VIP access to authors during live events, as well as members-only forums and online discussions.

To learn more about this exciting new offering, visit chicagotribune.com/features/printersrow

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