Marjan van Aubel graduated from the DesignLAB at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and gained her MA from the Royal College of Art. Van Aubel’s aim is to develop innovative materials that improve our living environment. Her works integrate high-tech materials, from foam porcelain to integrated solar cells, into domestic objects.
Current Window is a contemporary adaptation of stained glass. The coloured glass uses daylight to generate electricity and even harnesses diffused sunlight. The energy produced can power a range of electrical appliances. Made from dye-sensitised solar cells, the glass uses the properties of colour to create an electrical current, much like the process of photosynthesis in plants. Current Window is an example of Van Aubel’s effort to create energy-harvesting products. The product contains an integrated USB port in the window ledge for plugging in devices such as mobile phones.
Pattern design by Marine Duroselle.