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
Ministry of Finance
Current Table 2.0
Well Proven Chair
The Energy Collection
20 May 2020
VDF at Dezeen
Live interview with Marcus Fairs from Dezeen. Watch it here.
1 April 2020
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
with Rijksbouwmeester Floris Alkemade
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!
20 SEPTEMBER 2019
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
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
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 TED.com 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
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
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
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Het Nieuwe Instituut
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
A Solar Design talk by Marjan at DesignMarch in Reykjavik
01 December 2017 19.30
Future Series #9: Start-ups in design
23 November 2017
Winning Climate Action Challenge
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
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.
Designer of the Future 2017
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
Well Proven Chair moves to Australia
Well Proven Chair is acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
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.
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
Caventou makes Hello Tomorrow semi finals
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
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
16 - 27 September 2016
Caventou’s Current Table at the London V&A
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
DREAM OUT LOUD
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!
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!
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
Cover story and nice article in Icon Magazine!
23 September 2015
Young Emerging Talent medal
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
Exhibition and Disegno no. 9 launch
The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane
17 september 2015 - 18 September 2016
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
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.
14 - 19 April 2015
LIVING MATTER(S) IN MILAN
New Well Proven stools at Transnatural Label & Lab
Via Ventura 6
Milan preview by LSN Global
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
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
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
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
Talk at Interieur Biennale Kortrijk moderated by Laura Pregger and Matylda Krzykowski
Biennale Interieur vzw/npo
18 september 2014 - 14.30
Talk organised by depot Basel at Victoria & Albert Museum for London Design Festival
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Victoria & Albert Museum
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
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.
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 at PLAZAPLAZA by Ray Hu from Core 77
Interieur Awards 2014
Current Table is one of the winners of the Interieur Awards 2014!!
25 April - 22 May 2014
6 bd. Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
18 April - 31 August 2014
L’espace fondation EDF]
Let there be light!
Exposition of Vitra Museum
6, Rue Récamier
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.
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
16 May - 10 August 2014
12 February - 20 April 2014
The Sausage Machine in THE FUTURE IS HANDMADE at Kalmar Konstmuseum
Stadsparken 39233 Kalmar
23 January 2014
For the material innovation fellowship by The Art Foundation!!
18 Jan - May 201
3015 CX Rotterdam
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
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
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
of the Well Proven Chair
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
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.
At Caventou, we are redefining solar technology by rethinking our relationship with energy and the objects that use it.
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.