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
EPFL-ECALLab, 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 was recently
nominated for the Design of the Year Awards 2013. 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