Introducing Ooty by Allermuir x SmithMatthias

Ooty is the result of Allermuir’s first collaboration with SmithMatthias. The simple, quiet yet robust stool is lightweight, stackable and designed to fit into a wide array of environments.

The objective for Ooty was to create a stool by repeating one component, this would eliminate waste and provide a sustainable format. The result had to be both visually and physically light allowing the material to take centre stage.

The design

Ooty is made from one component repeated three times with a simple top which holds the pieces together. The cut out in the seat allows for easy pick up, from the floor or a stack and makes it easier to move around. Details like edge chamfers, soft triangular shapes and an optional seat pad elevate the comfort of this product.

Ooty is equally suitable as a stool or side table. The multifunctional piece’s lightweight and stackable form allows for ultimate ease of movement. Making for a for a functional addition to commercial and residential settings – from an impromptu seat in the workplace, to a hotel bedroom, lobby or informal meeting area.

The process

SmithMatthias’ approach when developing a project is to jump straight into physical models and Ooty was no different. They started with scale card models and the form materialized quickly. They questioned whether the material should be metal or plywood and settled with plywood for a softer, friendlier, more timeless character.

1:5 scale laminated ply models were created to test the stack, followed by a 1:1 scale MDF model. The full-scale model allowed for the subtleties – proportions, tapers and details – to be refined before creating a more refined mold and 1:1 plywood model to test strength.

This 3D starting point defined the initial form and proportion which was maintained throughout Ooty’s development from concept to production.


It was essential for Ooty to be stackable; it effortlessly stacks 6 high both with and without optional upholstered seat pad.


Ooty is available in either clear lacquered plywood or colour washed in a choice of six colours with optional matching seat pads upholstered in Melange Nap by Kvadrat.

In detail

  • SmithMatthias have designed Ooty, a plywood stool that doubles up as a side table,  for Allermuir.
  • Lightweight and stackable up to six high.
  • The collection is designed and made in the UK.
  • A soft triangular cut out allows for easy pick up.
  • Available in clear lacquered plywood or colour washed in a choice of six colours.

Allermuir designs contemporary furniture for offices, homes and public spaces that defy expectations. The brand is a fast-growing design driven business supplying long-lasting products with a focus on originality and cutting-edge craftsmanship.

Allermuir likes to constantly challenge themselves, to try new things; to do this they look beyond their own worlds of interiors, design, engineering and furniture to art, architecture, science, technology, nature, film, photography, music…wherever their instinct takes them.

When a design begins to emerge and take shape, they make sure they can make it – brilliantly. They ask questions. They design. They manufacture. Quality of thought, quality of design and quality of build are equal partners in their process.

While Allermuir have their own talented design team they also collaborate with some of the world’s leading designers to deliver innovative, inspiring and effortlessly intelligent furniture that delights every time.

Allermuir has showrooms in London, New York and Chicago, San Francisco, Bangalore, Hong Kong and Birmingham. Their main manufacturing hubs are in Lancashire in the North West of England and Maumee in Ohio.