Theo is a family of furniture products designed for New Design Group by award winning British designer Simon Pengelly. In 2009 Theo began as a design brief to create a wooden stacking chair for use in churches; a market in which New Design Group had already been established for a number of years. The need came from a shift in the way churches are used which is now not only on Sundays but throughout the week for community activities such as crèches, concerts and cafés. Consequently, the need to quickly clear spaces of heavy and cumbersome pews has become an issue given the age of many of those who often undertake the job, and so the need for a light chair that can be expediently stacked and stored to maximise open space is increasingly relevant.