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, manufacturers including
Solaronix, The American Hardwood Export Council.
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 Swarovski Emerging Talent medal in 2015, the ARC13 Chair Award
and the First Prize Dutch DOEN/Materiaalprijs in 2012.
She was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Material Innovation Award in 2014
and is considered by the Design Council as a one to watch; one of 70 designers
representing the future of British Design.