De Carli was 24 when he graduated from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1934, having studied in a period of political upheaval that had shaken the country. He worked with the legendary architect and designer Gio Ponti before setting up his own studio and embracing a long career that helped shape the 20th-century Italian design. His design quickly became widely admired and were produced by major Italian manufacturers including Cassina and Tecno.


Respected academic and writer, his philosophy focused on the relationship between space, materials and human body and especially on the notion of “primary space” as care of the human preciousness, building a strong bond between ethics and architecture. In fact, his production exceeds the simple functional use, translating its meaning in a constructed work that represents the fullness of existential moments.