Inspired by the aerodynamics of planes, he applied the same principles to ships, cars, and industrial structures.
He was a theater set designer and worked in Los Angeles and with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
He designed household consumer items like the streamlined Emerson Patriot radio or the Soda King seltzer bottle, but his most popular work as the GM Pavilion was at the 1939 World's Fair.
Buckminster Fuller, a contemporary of his, was another visionary designer. In fact, some of their designs were quite similar.