An award-winning innovative solar design practice that brings solar energy into daily life.

The studio is creating lasting change through solar design, integrating solar power seamlessly into our environments such as in buildings and objects.

Most notable works are the Solar Roof of Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Sunne, Current Table and Power Plant.


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Solar Futures

Solar Pavillion

The Circle


The Netherlands Pavilion

Ministry of Finance

Power Plant

Cyanometer Collection


Current Table 2.0

Current Window

Current Table

Well Proven Chair

Table 1/7

The Energy Collection

Moon Light

14 - 17 September

Solar Salon at A Flag

During Glue Amsterdam you can experience Sunne in a home setting at A Flag Gallery

13-9 2023 until 07-07-2024

Life Cycles at MoMA

Well Proven Chairs are part of the Life Cycles – The Materials of Contemporary Design exhibition at MoMA

July 2023

Welll Proven Stools at V&A

The Well Proven Stools are part of the new V&A Museum of Childhood permanent display


August 2023

Acquired by Vitra Design Museum

Sunne is acquired by The Vitra Design museum for their collection!

20 - 30 October

Sunne Experience

Sunne Experience at Klokgebouw, near exit at Dutch Design Week

20 - 30 October

Solar Pavillion

Join us @Dutch Design Week – Ketelhuisplein 11.00-18.00

Current Table at The Energy Show

As part of the exhibition in Het Nieuwe Instituut about – Sun, Solar and Human Power

9 September 2022

Opening Solar Biennale

Openings seminar of The Solar Biennale at Het Nieuwe Instituut

September 2022

Ambassador Dutch Design Week

Marjan van Aubel and Formafantasma are the ambassadors of Dutch Design Week 2022

9 September - 30 October 2022

Follow The Circle!

This five-meter high reflective sculpture is on view on different locations, traveling through Rotterdam and Eindhoven alongside the activities of The Solar Biennale.

8 September 2022 1.30 PM

Book Launch: Solar Futures

Marjan’s first book Solar Futures: How to design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun illustrates what we need to know to transition from solar technology to solar design using everyday integrated aesthetic solutions. 


Het Nieuwe Instituut


9 September 2022

Solar Seminar

The Solar Seminar officially kicks off The Solar Biennale with a program that explores solar futures built on the power of design.

9 September 2022

The Solar Biennale

A seven weeks program for a new and inclusive perspective on the energy of the sun.

9 September 2022

Sunne Experience

This installation brings you closer to the sun @ Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam.

26 August 2022 18.00

Stedelijk Museum

Marjan will be part of Dwars door het Stedelijk – After Six, part of the exhibition It’s Our F***ing Backyard,

10 JUNE 2022

Milan Design Week 2022

Marjan will talk at Salone del Mobile Talk curated by Beatrice Leanza.

7 JUNE 2022

Milan Design Week 2022

Marjan will talk at The Solar Energy Kiosk about solar energy and solar design.

30 JUNE 2022

Solar Cities – Pakhuis de Zwijger

During the fourth and last Solar Lecture by The Solar Biennale we will explore solar through the lens of the built environment.

31 May 2022

NOS Nieuwsuur

Nieuwsuur visited the It’s Our F***ing Backyard exhibition at Stedelijk

26 May 2022

It’s Our F***ing Backyard

Sunne is part of the new exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

06 January 2022

Life-enhancer of the year ‘Sunne’ solar light, by Marjan van Aubel

Sunne has won an award in the category Life Enhancer of the Year from Wallpaper Design Awards 2022. Read more here

7 December 2021

Sunne website

Sunne ‘s website is live!

24 November 2021

Lighting Design of the Year

Sunne won the Lighting of the Year in the Dezeen Awards!

18 November 2021

Winner ARC21 Innovation Award

The Solar Roof in Dubai won the ARC21 Innovation award

21 October 2021

Public vote winner for lighting design of the year

We are happy to announce that Sunne has won the public vote for lighting design 2021. Thank you for voting for us! Read more here

1 October 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai is Open!

Until the end of March 2022, come by in Dubai for the solar experience created by Marjan van Aubel Studio.

13 September 2021

Shortlisted dezeen awards 2021

We are shortlisted for ‘Emerging Design Studio of the Year’ & Sunne in the ‘Lighting Design’ category! Please vote for us now here! Open until 11th of October 2021.

13 September 2021

The Netherlands Pavilion wins!

The Dutch biotope featuring our colourful solar-panelled roof made in partnership with ASCA has won the “Sustainable Construction Project of the Year” award! Thanks to many including Dutch Dubai, V8 Architects and Expomobilia.

17 AUGUST 2021

Longlisted dezeen awards 2021

We are excited to announce that we have been longlisted for ‘Emerging Design Studio of the Year’ & Sunne in the ‘Lighting Design’ category!

Read more: here & here

29 JUNE 2021

Creative Holland Live #2

Talk about the World Expo 2020 Dubai at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Join live online!

MAY 2021


‘The Power of Design’ on Arte TV.

MAY 2021

World Expo Dubai

The build of the Dutch Pavilion has started in Dubai!

2 APRIL 2021

Goal reached!

We have reached our Sunne Kickstarter goal with 206%!

4 MARCH 2021

Solar Design at The New Institute

During TNL Design Dialogues solar designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen talk about realising the energy transition.

3 MARCH 2021

Sunne Live!

Launch day of Kickstarter campaign!

25 February 2021

Impact Studio

Design talkshow at Pakhuis de Zwijger. How can design contribute towards the society of tomorrow?

19 OCTOBER 2020


Live on DDW TV at the World Design Embassies a conversation with others about the energy transition.

20 AUGUST 2020

We Make the City _ RESET

Watch ‘From now on according to Marjan van Aubel’ here.

17 JUNE 2020

World Expo in Dubai

Today the Ministry of Foreign affairs has announced that Marjan van Aubel Studio will design the solar roof of the Dutch pavilion.

24 MAY 2020

Marjan wins ECO Coin Award

Award for an outstanding contribution to make this planet a more sustainable place by Next Nature Network.

20 May 2020

VDF at Dezeen

Live interview with Marcus Fairs from Dezeen.

1 April 2020

Studio move

The studio has a new home!

4 February 2020

Final presentation Young Innovators

A proposal for the Dutch Ministry of Finance in the Hague together with Rijksvastgoed bedrijf

Fall 2019

Timberland ambassador

Marjan is eco ambassador for Timberland’s global Nature needs Heroes campaign

13 NOVEMBER 2019

visit St Petersburg

Marjan and Pauline van Dongen were invited by creative Industry fund and Dutch Consulate to St Petersburg to talk about Radiant Cities

27 October 2019

Winner Dutch Design Award

Power Plant won the public Dutch Design Award in the category Design Research!

Visitors of Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2019 have chosen Power Plant as their favourite project!


KDY19 in Goa

Marjan will be presenting at the Designyatra conference in Goa

4 May 2019

Article Financial Times

Artikel in Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad

13 April 2019

SEE Conference

Marjan will be talking at the SEE Conference

Bilder der Zukunft e.V.
Rüdesheimer Str. 21
65197 Wiesbaden, Germany

8 - 14 April 2019 - 8.30 am - 7.00 pm

Cyanometer launch

New Lights in the Cyanometer collection together with Swarovksi will be presented during Euroluce

22 March 2019

The TEDx talk that Marjan gave is featured in the main website.

See the talk here

6 December 2018

TEDx Woman Amsterdam

Marjan is one of the keynote speakers of TEDx Woman Amsterdam with this year’s theme bridging the gap

KIT – Royal Tropical Institute

63 Mauritskade
Amsterdam, 1092AD Netherlands


20-28 October 2018

Power Plant at DDW

Come and experience Power Plant during the Dutch Design Week!

Embassy of Mobility, Vrijstraat 11,  Former V&D Department store, Eindhoven

26 September 2018

Voorbij de groene horizon

A VPRO Tegenlicht conversation about  what will happen after the energy transition.

Pakhuis de Zwijger

4 - 23 September 2018

Power Plant at London Design Biennale

Marjan will be re-presenting the Netherlands during the London Design Biennale 

Invited by the New Institute and Dutch Embassy

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1 LA


July 2018

Future Solar

Marjan got awarded a fresh perspective grant by the Creative Industry Fund to develop new applications and do more fundamental solar research

together with ECN 

21 June 2018

Dissident Gardens

Power Plant will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

24 May 2018


Marjan will be one of the keynote speakers at the What Design Can Do Conference

Stadsschouwburg Leidseplein 26  Amsterdam

17 - 22 April 2018

Salone del mobile Milan

Experience the Cyanometer with Hololenses at Swarovski Palazzo

The Courtyard at Palazzo Serbelloni
Corso Venezia 16, 20122 Milan

27 March – 1 April 2018

Art Hong Kong

A new constellation of new Cyanometers at Art Hong Kong

A collaboration with Swarovksi

15 March 2018

Design March

A Solar Design talk by Marjan at DesignMarch in Reykjavik

Silfurberg, Harpa


01 December 2017 19.30

Future Series #9: Start-ups in design

Marjan will be one the speakers together with during the Future Series from the Dutch Design Foundation.

Moderator: Jeroen Junte – de Volkskrant at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

23 November 2017

Winning Climate Action Challenge

Power Plant is one of the winners of the Climate Action Challenge from What Design Can Do!

21-29 October 2017

In No Particulair Order

Group exhibition during Dutch Design Week that received a Talent Fund from Stimuleringsfonds.

Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

14 October 2017 - 14 January 2018

Change the System

Current Table is part of ‘Change the System‘ – a design exhibition exploring how creative minds can drive necessary change in the face of global issues and threats.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

12 October 2017

WIRED – Energy

Marjan will be speaking at the WIRED Energy event in London

London, Kings Place

13-18 June 2017

Cyanometer at Basel / Design Miami

Cyanometer is showcased at the Art Basel / Design Miami in Switzerland as part of Swarovski‘s prestigious Designer of the Future Award.

10 June - 26 November 2017

Well Proven Chair exhibited at Earth Matters

Well Proven Chair is included in the Earth Matters collection, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano, at the TextielMuseum in the Netherlands.

April 2017

Designer of the Future 2017

Marjan van Aubel is presented with the prestigious Designer of the Future 2017 award by Swarovski and Design Miami.


View promo here.

4 - 9 April 2017

TALISMAN for auction in Milan

Marjan van Aubel is one of 46 international designers to create a unique piece for exhibition and auction at TALISMAN: Contemporary Symbolic Objects in Milan, Italy.

Saturday April 8th, 3pm
Palazzo Clerici’s Salone degli Arazzi
Milan, Italy

March 2017

Well Proven Chair moves to Australia

Well Proven Chair is acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

January 2017

Van Aubel speaks at Santiago Design Biennial

The British Council invites Marjan van Aubel to give a talk on Aesthetic Sustainable Future at the Design Biennial in Santiago, Chile.

December 2016

Well Proven Chair cameo for COS

COS invites six furniture designers to appear in a new film by Lernert & Sander.


Watch the film here

9 November 2016

Winner of the WIRED Product Innovation Award

Marjan van Aubel takes the Innovation in Product Design award for Current Window at the inaugural WIRED Audi Innovation Awards 2016.

September 2016

Caventou makes Hello Tomorrow semi finals

Caventou appears as a semi finalist at the annual Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris.

September 2016

Caventou featured in British Invention in Design film

Caventou is featured in the British Council’s Invention in Design film – proving Marjan van Aubel is as much a British inventor as she is a Dutch design innovator!


Watch the film here.

23 September 1.30-2.30 2016

London Design Festival speaker event

Marjan van Aubel is included in a panel of new designers invited to discuss their work at the V&A as part of London Design Festival.


Victoria and Albert Museum
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Level 4
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

16 - 27 September 2016

Caventou’s Current Table at the London V&A

Current Table 2.0 goes on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of the London Design Festival.

16 September – 15 October 2016

Dichroic Light at Electro Craft

Dichroic Light goes on show at Electro Craft as part of London Design Festival.

23 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PB

26 August 2016 - 1 January 2017


Current Table and Current Window are both included in the Stedelijk Museum‘s bi-annual exhibition DREAM OUT LOUD, showcasing the best newcomers in contemporary design.

And here is Marjan pictured speaking with Amsterdam Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, about her work on opening night!

8-13 August 2016

Workshop at Bauhaus Summer School

Marjan van Aubel gives a week-long workshop in Sustainable Future Aesthetics at the Bauhaus International Summer School in Berlin.

16321 Bernau bei Berlin

25 July 2016

Marjan secures Dutch talent fund

Marjan receives a talent development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL – a programme that supports exceptional talents in architecture, design and e-culture in the Netherlands.

NPO 2 19.20 - 29 March 201

Marjan appears on GroenLicht

GroenLicht is a Dutch TV program on sustainability – watch Marjan discuss ‘living objects’ on the show here.

09 February 2016

Caventou voted Radical Pioneers!

Caventou are voted Radicale Vernieuwers (Radical Pioneers) of the Netherlands by Neelie Kroes!

Read more on NOS and in Vrij Nederland.

29 February - 5 March 2016

Sustainable Design workshop in Beirut

Marjan gives a material workshop as part of the the Sustainable Design Program in partnership with ALBA’s Design Department in Beirut.

19 January 2016

Winner of the Wallpaper Design Award

Marjan van Aubel is crowned winner of the Wallpaper Design Award 2016!

13 December 2015

Current Table featured in the Guardian

Great review of Current Table in the Guardian!

November 2015


We received a grant from the DOEN foundation to produce a new version of Current Table!

17 October - 25 Oktober 2015

In No Particular Order

Exhibition of all recipients of Talentfund from stimuleringsfonds creative industrie during Dutch Designweek

Torenallee 80
Strijp-S, Eindhoven


October 2015

ICON magazine

Cover story and nice article in Icon Magazine!

23 September 2015

Young Emerging Talent medal

Winning the Swarovski Young Emerging Talent medal!
This medal celebrates the impact on the design scene within five years of graduation.

Other winners include; Sir Ken Adam, Concrete Canvas and Barber & Osgerby

22 September 2015 19.00 - 20.00

Zero Waste Forum

Panel discussion on innovate, sustainable production methods with Protein x Matter

One Good Deed Today
London – E2 8AG

21 September - 31 October 2015


Communicating Climate Change

Exhibition and Disegno no. 9 launch




The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane


17 september 2015 - 18 September 2016

Current Window

Installation of 7 Current Windows at 19 Greek Street  where people from the street can charge their phones from the solar powered windows

The art of Progress
19 Greek Street
W1D 4DT – London


April - July 2015


Connected home Accelerator program Cognicity at Canary Wharf Level 39

1 Canada Square

Canary Wharf 

London E14 5AB 

21 - 23 September 2017

Shortlisted Wood Awards

Well Proven Stool got shortlisted for the Wood Awards! The winners will be announced 22 November and the shortlist will be exhibited at 100% Design during London Design Festival

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Wood Awards
100% Design
London Olympia


14 - 19 April 2015

Transnatural Label

New Well Proven stools at Transnatural Label & Lab

Undai Gallery
Ventura Lambrate
Via Ventura 6


March 2015

Future Laboratory

Milan preview by LSN Global
See film

24 March BBC 6.00pm


Current Table has been featured on the BBC 6 o’clock news!

25 March - 16 August 2015

Design of the Year Award 2015

Current Table is nominated for the Design of the Year Award 2015

Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD

14 February - 31 January 2016


This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good explores this question
with works from MoMA’s collection that celebrate the promise—and occasional flipside—of contemporary design at
Museum of Modern Art 

Organised by Paola Antonelli

11 West 53 Street
NEW YORK, NY 10019

February 2015

Ones to Watch

I am a Design Council’s 70 Ones to Watch! Amongst 70 other designers that represent the future of British design.

27 Januari 2015


Different speakers on who owns the future
see film

Theater de Veste


6 November 2014 - 18.30 -20.30


Sustainable Design : What’s next? a conversation led by Wallpaper city Guide editor Rachael Moloney about the future of design.

19 Greek Street

18 October 2014 - 11.00

Depot Basel

Talk at Interieur Biennale Kortrijk moderated by Laura Pregger and Matylda Krzykowski

Biennale Interieur vzw/npo
Groeningestraat 37
8500 Kortrijk

18 september 2014 - 14.30

Design Date

Talk organised by depot Basel at Victoria & Albert Museum  for London Design Festival

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 2RL, London

12 September 2014

London Design Festival

Opening party at 19 Greek Street where I exhibit Current Table.

19 greek street
W1D 4DT London

11 August - 16 August

Domaine de Boisbuchet

Kortrijk Interieur Biennale workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet

July 2014

Talentsfund Creatieve Industry

Got awarded a Talentgrand from Stimuleringsfonds!!

26 June 18:30

Material ♥ Tax talk

In addition to the exhibition, Droog will host the interactive public event ‘Material ♥ Tax’ with experts, food and music. Designers and guest speakers will lively discuss the use and taxation of waste, resources and labor.

Hôtel Droog
Staalstraat 7B
1011 JJ Amsterdam

8 June - 20 June 2014


Field research together with  Jamie Shaw towards Lava and volcanic rock on  Stromboli Island for Fiorucci Art Trust

5 June 20:00 – 21:30

Mash Up Material Night

Lecture and debate moderated by Sophie Krier about the limits of wood.
Together with Lex Pott and Chris Kabel at the New Institute



Time: Start guided tour 7.15 pm;
Location: Auditorium, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam

5 June 2014

Studio visit

Studio visit at PLAZAPLAZA by Ray Hu from Core 77

June 2014

Interieur Awards 2014

Current Table is one of the winners of the Interieur Awards 2014!!

25 April - 22 May 2014

Moving Materials

The Energy Collection shown at Moving Materials at Forum Da Vinci travelling exhibition of Material Sense

6 bd. Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg

18 April - 31 August 2014

L’espace fondation EDF]

Let there be light!
Exposition of Vitra Museum

at L’espace fondation EDF

6, Rue Récamier
75007 Paris


8-13 April 2014

Salone del Mobile

Showing Current Table and new Well Proven Stools at stand by Royal College of Art Graduates in Milan.

Salone Satelite

Foro Buonaparte 65

20121 Milano MI – Italy

14 - 19 April 2015


During this exhibition Marjan van Aubel and Jólan van der Wiel will disclose hidden potential energies through their objects. Playing with different natural forces and processes such as gravity and photosynthesis, their objects will react to and visualise these laws of nature.

Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Via Matteo Bandello 14/16
20123 Milano

16 May - 10 August 2014

Foaming Wood

Exhibition: Wood
The cyclical nature of materials, sites and ideas at the New Institute



Museumpark 25


12 February - 20 April 2014

Kalmar Konstmuseum

The Sausage Machine in THE FUTURE IS HANDMADE  at Kalmar Konstmuseum

Stadsparken 39233 Kalmar


23 January 2014

Runner up

For the material innovation fellowship by The Art Foundation!!

18 Jan - May 201


First exhibit of Current Table at the Design Column in Boijmans van Beuningen Museum

Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam
The Netherlands

18 December 2013

Talk at New Institute

In conversation about The New Material Award at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Program starts at 15.00
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25 Rotterdam

19 oktober - 27 oktober 2013


Well Proven Collection during the Dutch Designweek Eindhoven at Strijp T

March - May 2013

Residency Guldagergård

Material development research on Foam China in Skælskør (Denmark)

27 september - 16 march 2014

Vitra Design Museum

The Energy Collection in the exhibition LIGHTOPIA at Vitra Design Museum a travelling exhibition about the history and future of light

Vitra Design Museum

Charles-Eames-Straße 2
79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany

26 November 2014

Winner ARC13 Chair Award

The Well Proven Chair won the ARC13 Chair Award !!

19 March 2013

Design of the Year 2013 Award

Well Proven Chair has been nominated for the Design of the Year 2013 Award!

It will be exhibited at the Design Museum. Other nominations include Anish Kapoor, Zaha Hadid and Jólan van der Wiel.

12 March 2013

New website

of the Well Proven Chair

February 2013

VSBFonds reportage

Film made my Emiel Elgersma, one year after receiving the VSBFonds Scholarship

25 October 2012 10.0


Am having a coffee in Koffietijd with Loretta Schrijver, a Dutch actualities Television program!

20 October 2012

First prize Material Award

The Energy Collection won the first prize of the New Material Award  and €15.000

All winners and nominees are exhibiting at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

20 – 28 October 2012

rca collective mmxxi

Exhibition Well Proven Chair during Dutch Design week Eindhoven Sectie C with fellow RCA graduates.

22 – 25 September 2012

The Sausage Machine at Christies

The Last Supper, an exhibition during London Design Festival in South Kensington.

14 – 21 September 2012

Out of the woods – V&A

First exhibition of the Well Proven Chair during the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum

A collaboration with James Shaw and The American Hardwood export Council

22 July 2012 19.30

Feature BBC weather

Featured in ‘The Great British Weather’ at BBC1 Live show celebrating and tapping into the UKs obsession with weather, presented by Alexander Armstrong, Chris Hollins and Carol Kirkwood

30 June 2012

Graduation Royal College of Art

Master Design Products in London

1 – 5 June 2011

The Sausage Machine

DMY Berlin
A collaboration with  Hilda Hellström and Ola Mirecka, where we looked deep down in the industry of sausage making.

20 November 2010

Victoria and Albert Museum

Friday late installation
Open Source Flying Phone

01 November 2009 – March 2010


at European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch with Joris Laarman

1 – 5 July 2009

Final Show – Rietveld Academy

Cupboards made out of self-developed foam porcelain, a new material that has the capabilities of producing lightweight objects that can be handled in a similar way as china. Just like bread, the foam literally rises in the kiln, expanding itself about 300% its original volume.

De Porseleinkast


Solar Futures

The Solar Biennale

Studio Dialogue 3

Studio Dialogue 2

Studio Dialogue 1

Solar Democracy

Studio film Nieuwe Instituut


Foam China

Foaming expanding porcelain.

Foaming volcanic rock

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