Ico Parisi began his professional design career in the early 1930’s, working in the studio of the rationalist architect, Giuseppe Terragni. It was here that Parisi was first exposed to abstract theories in art and modernism, and this would be a major influence in the development of his technique throughout his career. In 1945, Ico organized the first of a series of contemporary furniture exhibitions in Como, and in 1947 married Luisa Aiani, a former student of Gio Ponti’s.
Ico and Luisa would open the studio La Ruota in 1948, which allowed them to collaborate on projects with well know companies like, Stilnovo and Cassina. In the early 1950’s, his designs were very sculptural and elaborate but by the end of the decade, collaborations with new furniture manufacturers would require him to simplify his designs while still keeping them very elegant. Many of the pieces Ico designed were co-created with his wife Luisa, who died in 1990. After her passing, his designs were said to not contain the same passion and flare, as when she were alive.