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Solar power for everyone

Marjan van Aubel Studio is designing for a positive future through combining the fields of sustainability, design and technology. Creating lasting change through solar design, integrating solar power seamlessly into our environments such as in buildings and objects. With the overall goal to make solar power more accessible for everyone.

One way or another we will live in a post-fossil world in which we turn to the power of the sun - our infinite energy source that powers all life on earth.

Interested? Marjan wrote a book about what we need to know about the transition to Solar Design and the future of Solar Energy. Order it here.


The studio is an interdisciplinary team covering the fields of design, technology and architecture to balance aesthetics with functionality. The team works with global brands such as Lexus, Timberland and Swarovski and Cos with the aim of accelerating the global energy transition to solar. 

We explore the future of solar energy, and aim to create a new vision and change the narrative. Marjan initiated, together with Pauline van Dongen, the Solar Biennale to build an international network of people who contribute to a solar future.

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Marjan van Aubel is an award-winning innovative solar designer who brings solar energy into daily life. Her designs are, amongst others, part of MoMa, Vitra Design Museum, and Centre Pompidou. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (Design Products MA) in 2012 and the Rietveld Academy DesignLAB (BA) in 2009.

Most notable recent works are Sunne, Current Table, Power Plant and the roof of the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. She also wrote the book 'Solar Futures' and initiated the Solar Biennale.


MoMA, New York

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rein

Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

The Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Design Museum Gent, Gent


2023: Nomination Dezeen Designer Of the Year

2022: Wallpaper Life Enhancer Of the Year

2021: Dezeen Lighting Design of the Year

2021: ARC21 Innovation Award

2021: Dezeen Public Vote Design Award

2020: ECO coin Award by Next Nature Network

2019: Dutch Design Award chosen by the Public

2018: Climate Challenge What Design Can Do

2017: Designer of the Future by Swarovksi

2016: WIRED’s Innovation Award

2016: Wallpaper Design Award and Radicale

2016: Vernieuwer (Radical Pioneer)

2015: London Design Festival Emerging Talent

2014: ARC chair Award

2012: First Prize Dutch Material Award.

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