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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Oli Stratford, Disegno’s Editor-in-chief

“It’s strange and beautiful.”


Moon Light is made from a self-developed foam porcelain – a lightweight and malleable material that, in the kiln, rises like bread and expands to up to three times its original size.
The lamp explores the foaming material’s aesthetic properties. Making use of its translucency to diffuse light, it glows gently through a foam porcelain disk, featuring a cratered surface that’s reminiscent of the lunar landscape.



Moon Light

Foaming Porcelain


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.