Simon Pengelly was born in Henley-on-Thames, England, in 1967. Originally trained at the bench, he was an award winning cabinet maker before graduating from Kingston University in 1988. Pengelly went on to work in the studios of Conran Design and later those of Habitat before founding Pengelly Design in 1993. The company now works for firms in the UK, Italy and the United States and its clients include notable furniture companies such as Allermuir, Boss, Habitat, Isokon Plus, Lapalma, Modus, Hitch Mylius and Arper. A pragmatic approach to problem solving and an affinity with materials and manufacturing processes, combined with a passionate desire to create production furniture with "soul", has resulted in award winning furniture that contains a wonderful mix of understated design and clever engineering, with a trademark timeless appeal and accessibility.