Jan Wertel was born in 1976 in Germany. He graduated from the Industrial Design epartment of the Kunste Stuttgart State Art Academy in 2004.

During his college years, Wertel held internships at Carpenter Braun and the Metalsmith May Studios. He then started to work as a freelance designer for the Industrial and Design7even companies. He became the design project manager of StudioXRoss Lovegrove for nearly two years between 2004 and 2006.

In 2006, together with Gernot Oberfell, they founded the Wertel Oberfell platform in London which works in a wide range of areas including furniture, lightning, industrial product design as well as experimental research pieces.

In 2010, Wertel Oberfell opened a second studio in Munich.

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