Gernot Oberfell was born in 1975 in Germany. Oberfell studied Industrial Design at the Künste Stuttgart State Art Academy during which he was a visitor student at the Glasgow Art School for one year.
He completed his degree in 2004 and did internships at Renz Heller's Graphic Design Office, Fraunhofer Institute IPA Stuttgart Vaihingen and with the architectural model designer Uwe Brodner.
After graduation, Oberfell started to work in the Lovegrove StudioX as the Design Project Manager, and in 2006 he founded the Wertel Oberfell platform in London which works in a wide range of areas from furniture, lightning and industrial product design to experimental research pieces.
In 2010, Wertel Oberfell opened a second studio in Munich.