Allermuir Designers: Simon Pengelly

Allermuir manufactures an extensive range of high quality, contemporary seating and tables for the contract market, designed by some of the most exciting and talented designers in the UK and Europe. This series of articles will introduce you to those products and some of the people involved.

Products designed for Allermuir Senator

  • Bison
  • Confer
  • Host
  • Toga
  • Venus
bison venus toga tub chairs allermuir

Simon Pengelly was born in Henley-on-Thames, England, in 1967. Originally trained at the bench, he was an award-winning cabinetmaker before graduating from Kingston University in 1988.

Pengelly started manufacturing furniture in the workshop of his father at the tender age of eight. He has since developed into a celebrated furniture designer.

(Profile Credit- Montis, Netherlands)

After honing his wide range of skills in well-known design studios, Simon founded Pengelly Design in 1993. Simon’s affinity with and understanding of materials and processes is fundamental to his approach, combined with a passionate desire to create accessible production furniture with soul.


Bison is a highly stylish and distinctive tub chair design with characterful broad shoulders and a compact footprint. For such a compact chair it provides a deceptively generous and comfortable sit, due in part to the subtle flexing of the arms, backrest and sprung seat. The moulded foam seat and back form, both elegant and striking, are enhanced by superb upholstery detailing.

BISON Tub Chair & Host Worktable
BISON Tub Chair & Host Worktable


Confer is a compact, stacking, mono shell chair design that takes meeting, conference and banqueting seating to a new level in terms of style, function and comfort. The design keeps a necessary compact footprint while enhancing all other features and performance requirement. With slim looks, refreshingly elegant lines and a sturdy, robust construction. Confer is available as a mid-back and a high back, both with or without arms and a comprehensive suite of accessories to further enhance its function.

confer meeting chair allermuir simon pengelly
CONFER Meeting Chair


Host is a standalone table for use as a laptop support or work surface and is proportioned accordingly with a weighted stable base and elegant column. The top is made of Aluminium making the product 100% recyclable.

HOST Worktable allermuir simon pengelly
HOST Worktable


Toga is a generous tub chair with plenty of backrest support and the added comfort of a web seat. The parallel sides allow for the chair to be positioned closely to other Toga chairs. This can be useful in reception spaces and especially in VIP airport lounges.


Venus is a versatile, compact tub chair with a moulded foam body and sprung seat providing excellent comfort for both informal and formal meeting, conference and dining applications. The many practical features such as sloping arms, recessed under-seat area and generous backrest have all been incorporated into the design with flowing lines and a refreshing profile that enhances the visual elegance of what is otherwise a very simple, classic styled tub chair.

VENUS Soft Seating allermuir simon pengelly
VENUS Soft Seating

Simon Pengelly’s affinity with new materials and production processes results in products which are both light weight and sustainable, yet at the same time offer timeless appeal.