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Usually, when a designer is known for a signature material, it’s something tangible like wood or steel. But in the case of Marjan van Aubel, it’s sunlight. In 2021, the Amsterdam creative harnessed solar energy to power Sunne, a pendant that absorbs light by day and emits it by night.

An installation by Marjan van Aubel recreating the silhouette of a Lexus car with transparent sheets featuring printed imagery. Marjan van Aubel discusses more about the design in an accompanying interview.
A pavilion by Marjan van Aubel and Random Studio recreates the silhouette of the Lexus LF-ZC.

Building on subsequent sun-themed installations mounted during events like Dutch Design Week, van Aubel unveiled her latest solar powered spectacle this past December in Miami. Working with Lexus and the experiential designers at Random Studio, she presented 8 Minutes and 20 Seconds — named for the time it takes light from the sun to reach Earth...

5 Things We Learned About Solar Design from Marjan van Aubel

At the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Dutch designer powered up an illuminating solar installation.

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