Born in Turin, he received his degree in architecture in 1931 and his career was highly diversified, covering architecture, design, interior decorating and town-planning. Among his other accomplishments, he designed a wide variety of furniture of all types: he even invented new kinds of furniture. But he also created planes and cars.
In addition to this fervid designing, he loved photography, stunt flying and car racing and was an expert in all these fields. He even got some ideas and technology from racing which turned him in good stead in his designing. His production made him one of the symbols of the entire 1950s; one of his major built works is the Turin University School of Architecture, where he held the chair of Architectural Composition and Decorating from 1952 to 1970.