van Aubel

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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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.



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.