Their work ranges from furniture, lighting, and industrial products to experimental research pieces for companies such as Braun, Neff, Philips, Panasonic, Sony, Yamagiwa, Bulthaup, MGX by Materialise, Iker, Nowystyl, DuPont Corian, and others.
As they explain on their website, Oberfell and Wertel share a strong interest in new technologies and manufacturing processes, and at an early stage in their careers, they discovered the possibilities of computer-aided design.
Many of WertelOberfell’s works have been exhibited in important art centers such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Understanding Auxetic Textile
Auxetic materials are materials that have a negative or effectively negative Poisson’s ratio. Unlike many traditional materials, textile products made from this material have the property of expanding perpendicular to the axis applied by the tensile load.
Materials are also auxetic if a compressive load applied along the axis results in a reduction in the dimension of the material along an axis perpendicular to the axis along which the compressive load is applied.