van Aubel


Marjan van Aubel (born 1985, the Netherlands) is an award-winning solar designer whose innovative practice spans the fields of sustainability, design and technology.  

As an energy pioneer, van Aubel works in collaboration with scientists, engineers and institutions to promote extreme efficiency through design


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The Guardian about Current Table:

The kitchen table has been the place where many new inventions and ideas have been sketched out, but rarely has it been the source of innovation itself.”

Current Table is not only a table, but also a natural energy source.  Its glass surface is engineered from integrated dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC) which use the property of colour to create electrical currents – mimicking the process of photosynthesis in plants.

The solar cells work efficiently even under diffuse light, making Current Table the first piece of furniture to harvest energy indoors. The energy is stored using an integrated battery, from which you can then charge your devices at any time. Using a downloadable app, you can monitor light intensity and see how much energy Current Table is creating throughout the day.

Made possible by stichting DOEN and Innovate UK.

images by Mitch Payne

Current Table 2.0


Current Table 1.0 was nominated for London Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award and is now part of the permanent collection at Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Current Table 2.0 was developed under Caventou, in collaboration with Peter Krige.


Studio film Nieuwe Instituut

Power Plant

Research to the 21st Century greenhouse, using modern technologies.


At Caventou, we are redefining solar technology by rethinking our relationship with energy and the objects that use it.

Foam China

Foaming expanding porcelain

Foaming Wood

Foaming Wood is an investigation of wood shavings combined with a bioresin.

Both the Well Proven Collection and Table 1/7 resulted from this research.

Dye Sensitised Solar Cells

Foaming volcanic rock

This is an impression of a research trip to the island of Stromboli by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel.