Marjan van Aubel (Netherlands, 1985) is a designer of materials and objects whose
practice spans the fields of science and chemistry.
She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art Design Products (MA) and the Rietveld
Academy (BA) DesignLAB. Her research process blends scientific precision with
sensory responsiveness to develop aesthetic solutions for the future. Van Aubel’s
objects make tangible the potential of technology and energy-harvesting for the
benefit of the living environment. At the heart of her collection is a series of
innovative materials, from foam porcelain to integrated solar cells based on the
properties of colour. Intuitive and inquisitive, she believes interdisciplinary
practice is the way forward for design.
Van Aubel has collaborated with scientists, designers and manufacturers including
Solaronix, The American Hardwood Export Council and Joris Laarman.
She has exhibited at world-class institutions such the Victoria and Albert Museum,
Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and the Design Museum in London, where she has been
nominated for the Design of the Year Awards twice; in 2013 and 2015. Her work is
part of the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum and MoMA New York.
She won the First Prize Dutch DOEN/Materiaalprijs 2012, the ARC13 Chair Award and
the Kortrijk Interieur Award 2014. She was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation
Material Innovation Award in 2014