Born in Milan in 1916, he received his degree in architecture in 1939. In 1945 he kicked off his career as a designer, architect and planner. From 1947 to 1949 he was editor-in-chief of Domus magazine and in the 1950s he was on the editorial staff of Casabella magazine. In 1947 he began to design furniture in metal tubing, reinterpreting the Rationalist tradition. Since then, as a designer he has addressed the problem of the relationship between the architect and the manufacturer, between design and experiment, between the product's function and the fresh forms or materials.