From constructive digital innovation to a community that’s planning to change the way we recycle, we’ve covered plenty of inspiring topics presented to us at What Design Can Do here in Amsterdam. However, the rollercoaster isn’t over just yet, as we’ve still got two more creative mavens to cover. One of whom is Marjan van Aubel, a solar designer (yes, it’s a thing) with a passion to craft a better, brighter and more sustainable tomorrow.
In collaboration with Swarovski and Design Miami, Marjan created a constellation in which art and science come together to make for a jaw dropping design. Her ‘Cyanometer’ consists of a solar panel which is covered by a layer of dark blue crystal. So, what’s the magic trick? van Aubel explains: “By cutting the glass in certain angles, the light is refracted in a way that focuses more intensely on the solar cells, increasing its efficiency.” After charging during the day, the stored energy can then be used to power your various devices at night.
Aside from the Cyanometer, she’s also working on other ways to include solar panels into our daily lives. For instance, a greenhouse of which the windows are made from solar panels, looking like stained glass. This way of deconstruction a green yet unattractive energy source and transforming it into art, is what makes this project a great example of our Designated Design trend. By combining art and science, the general public is quicker to accept and adapt to sustainable solutions.
We’re almost finished with our take on What Design Can Do 2018, but we’ve got one more gem left for you. Be sure to check back tomorrow!