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

Sunne is a self-powered solar light 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 production of the Sunne light was collectively funded by the global solar community through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Sunne was fully-funded within 40 hours and won 3 design awards before it was even produced.

Hang Sunne in front of your window and it will naturally harvest energy from the sun and store it in its integrated battery. As the evening gets darker, Sunne’s light will start to glow. The lamp has three settings that imitate all the natural moments of the sun; Sunne Rise, Sunne Set and Sunne Light.

The Sunne light is made from one long curved strip of aluminum. It’s shaped like the horizon, the curve providing a larger surface area that allows for maximum solar cells.

The solar side of Sunne contains solar cells that harvest energy during the day and then store this power in an integrated battery. To switch Sunne on and off, simply touch the top of the light or use the app.

Sunne is an ambient light, 80 cm in length, and hangs in front of your window by two steel wires through a simple and secure hanging system. No external plug is needed.

Sunne is for sale as a limited art piece, please send an email about pricing












Sunne is for sale as a limited art piece, please send an email about pricing



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.