WertelOberfell was founded in 2007
by Gernot Oberfell (1975) and Jan Wertel (1976). Both studied industrial design
in Stuttgart at the State Academy of Arts, a school which is based on the
principles of the Ulmer Schule and the Bauhaus.
Before forming their Munich-Berlin
based practice they both worked several years for Ross Lovegrove in London.Their work ranges from furniture, lighting and industrial products to
experimental research pieces for companies such as Braun, Gillette, OralB, Neff,
Philips, Sony, Yamagiwa, MGX by Materialise, Iker, BN Office Solution, DuPont
Corian and others. Some of
their work has been exhibited in museums and exhibtions around the world and is
part of the permanent collections and exhibitions of The Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York and the V&A in London.
Gernot and Jan share a strong
interest in new technologies and manufacturing processes, and at an early stage
in their careers discovered the possibilities of computer aided design.
Software is not just used as an everyday tool, but becomes through
experimentation a source of inspiration, helping to discover new and exciting
form languages. Their work combines these experiments with the logic and beauty
of organic forms and the reality of product design: the right use of materials,
production processes and ergonomics.
Since their foundation they have
been widely published in numerous magazines, books and design blogs.