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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“Current Table one of the top picks across all nominations Design of the Year”

Current table is not only a table, it also functions as a source of energy. The table is gathering energy from its environment to charge your appliances.

The table’s surface is made of Dye Sensitised Solar Cells, using the properties of colour to create electrical current. The technique is based on the photosynthesis in plants. Similarly to green chlorophyll absorbing light, the colours in the table harness energy. You can plug in your devices through integrated USB ports on the side of the table.

Images by Wai Ming Ng

Current Table

Nominated for Design of The year Award, part of permanent collection Boijmans van Beuningen Museum.

Made possible by the nice support of the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds. The DSSC have been kindly sponsored by Solaronix

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.