Marjan van Aubel

Design Products

The Energy Collection

The behaviour and function of materials fascinates me. I try to manipulate these in such a way that something new happens. As a researcher I am curious about seemingly ordinary things and processes and am always looking for new uses and connections.

Imagine if every object worked as a solar cell?

In this collection, everyday objects absorb energy from daylight.

This solar glassware gathers energy from the light around it. Whether you are drinking from your glass or have left it on the side, it is constantly working to gather energy. The cabinet works as a battery; this power can be adapted in many ways, from charging your phone to powering a light source.

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Specialism: Platform 16

Supported by: Fonds BKVB, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, VSB Fonds, Solaronix



BA, DesignLAB, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009; Minor, Quantum Physics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2008


Material researcher, Joris Laarman lab, Amsterdam, 2009–10


Paradise, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2012; The Copy Kitchen, Last Supper, Christie's Auction House, London, 2011; Friday Late Open, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010; DOEN/Materialprize – Dutch Design Week, Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2009