Jan Wertel is a founding partner of Wertel Oberfell, an industrial design firm with offices in Berlin and Munich. Wertel and his partner Gernot Oberfell both worked at Ross Lovegrove’s Studio X in London, and founded Wertel Oberfell in 2006. Wertel Oberfell specializes in furniture design, product design, lighting, as well as experimental projects and research. The firm utilizes advanced technology, particularly 3D printing techniques to realize their creations.
Jan Wertel was born in Germany in 1976 and completed his university studies in the Industrial Design Department at the Künste Stuttgart State Art Academy, where he and Gernot Oberfell met. The Stuttgart Academy espouses the teaching principles of the Bauhaus – functionalism, industrial production, and an emphasis on unembellished form.