Tommi Parzinger, the son of a well known sculptor, studied design at Munich School of Arts and Crafts, where he was trained in the mediums of ceramics, glass , metal and wood. By 1939, he had established a company of his own, Parzinger Inc. later known as Parzinger Originals, which quickly established a reputation for restrained, though luxurious furniture. Parzinger like his colleagues Edward Wormley and Robsjohn-Gibbings practiced a non-doctrine, eclectic modernism.
In addition to his private practice, Parzinger also designed for other furniture manufacturers, including Charak Modern.
Parzinger’s works were titled “high-style modernism”, which represented a “more idiosyncratic, rarefied midcentury design”. Most of the pieces he created were custom-built for large studios, with Parzinger using “cosmopolitan-looking designs, involving costly, craft-intensive materials and processes like brass work and lacquer”