Marjan van Aubel (Netherlands, 1985) is a designer of materials and objects whose
practice spans the fields of science and chemistry.
She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art Design Products (MA) and the Rietveld
Academy (BA) DesignLAB. Her research process blends scientific precision with
sensory responsiveness to develop aesthetic solutions for the future. Van Aubel’s
objects make tangible the potential of technology and energy-harvesting for the
benefit of the living environment. At the heart of her collection is a series of
innovative materials, from foam porcelain to integrated solar cells based on the
properties of colour. Intuitive and inquisitive, she believes interdisciplinary
practice is the way forward for design.
Van Aubel has collaborated with scientists, manufacturers including
Swarovksi and The American Hardwood Export Council.
She has exhibited at world-class institutions such the Victoria and Albert Museum,
Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and the Design Museum in London, where she has been
nominated for the Design of the Year Awards twice; in 2013 and 2015. Her work is
part of the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum, The Montreal Museum
of Art, National Gallery of Victoria in Australia and MoMA New York.
In 2017 she is awarded the Designer of the Future awarded by Swarovski and Design Miami.
And in 2016 she won the WIRED Innovation award, a Wallpaper Design Award and was
chosen to be the Radicale Vernieuwer (Radical Pioneer) Netherlands.
She received the Swarovski Emerging Talent medal in 2015 and the First Prize
Dutch DOEN/Materiaalprijs in 2012. She was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation
Material Innovation Award in 2014 and is considered by the Design Council as
a one to watch; one of 70 designers representing the future of British Design.
In 2015 she founded Caventou focussing on naturally integrated
solar technology into every day life.
Marjan van Aubel
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