van Aubel


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


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Today, solar is science – But why can’t energy be beautiful too? 


Sunne is a self-powered solar lamp that captures, stores and produces light indoors. By day, it harvests energy from the sun while it hangs by your window; by night, it brings sunlight into your home.  The lamp has three different settings; Sunne Rise, Sunne Set and Sunne Light.

This spring, we will launch Sunne on Kickstarter to produce the first series of Sunne’s available for public purchase – a first step towards normalising solar energy within the home.


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Launch Spring 2021

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.