Jorre van Ast was born in 1980. He studied Industrial Product Design at The Hague University of Applied Sciences then spent two years working at the Flex industrial design studio in the Netherlands before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, completing the Design Products course in 2006. Jorre van Ast began working as an independent product designer and shared a joint studio in North London, the OKAY studio. Jorre van Ast began working at Arco in 2007 where he led the design and development studio. The family-run company Arco has been headed by Jorre van Ast since 2011. He now has the task of preserving the much-loved Arco style and is doing this in his own inimitable way. Under his guidance the furniture collection, which still includes many of the best-selling pieces designed in the past, is slowly but surely being expanded and acquiring an even more distinctive signature.