van Aubel


Marjan van Aubel 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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Foam China is a new patented porcelain material that expands to more than 300% of its original volume. Just like bread, the foam literally rises in the kiln, meaning you need just one third of the material. Its open structure makes the material very lightweight. This new porcelain has unusual properties, for example it is semi-translucent, buoyant, and is waterproof. This material has the capabilities of producing lightweight objects that can be used in a similar way to china. It has a wide range of potential, from architectural materials such as bricks and tiles to insulations or to tableware.



Foaming expanding porcelain

Foam China


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.