Modernist designer of furniture who also became known for his work in graphic design and film. A few of his furniture designs placed highly in the Museum of Modern Art in New York's Organic Design in Home Furnishing competition.
He was a part-time laborer for the Laclede Steel Company. He was an architecture student at Washington University in St. Louis, but quit after two years because of conflicts with the teaching staff over his passion for Modernism.
He designed and built furniture, including stretchers, for the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He and his first wife, Catherine Woermann, met at Washington University and were married in 1929. They had a daughter, Lucia Jenkins. They divorced in 1941. His second wife, Ray, became his design partner.
He was a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Modernist movement.