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A’dammer

c. 1978

by Aldo van den Nieuwelaar
for Pastoe

A’dammer

by Aldo van den Nieuwelaar
for Pastoe

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A’dammer designed by Aldo van den Nieuwe­laar for Pastoe has become a design icon from the High Tech move­ment of the 1970s and has the distinc­tion of being one of the best-selling Dutch furni­ture designs. First designed in 1978, this storage cabinet gets its nick­name from the quirky shape of the parking bollards used around Amster­dam – these were the designer’s inspi­ra­tion for A’dammer’s hugely popular yet atypical form.

Its verti­cal shape features an inte­grated domed top – similar to a free­stand­ing mailbox. While the form is distinc­tive, its novel use of a roll-top tambour door that spans the entire height of the piece is what makes A’dammer so visu­ally engag­ing. While the sheer verti­cal expanse of the hori­zon­tal door ribs creates visual inter­est, they also serve a prac­ti­cal purpose, serving as hand­holds for moving the door up and down without having to bend over to reach the cabinet’s base. The tambour door clev­erly glides behind A’dammer when its inte­rior is revealed.

Pastoe is known for offer­ing an exten­sive range of lacquers – Adammer’s color finishes ranging from matte black to white, primary to pastel, and a plethora of neutrals in various shades of grays and silvers to taupes and browns – there is a color for any style or inte­rior. Dual toned options are also avail­able, by choos­ing an exte­rior color and an inte­rior color, this piece can reveal a surpris­ing design element when opened. A’dammer is avail­able in three heights and in three widths – each of the 9 result­ing combi­na­tions is avail­able in a single stan­dard depth. Each of the units is divided by inte­rior shelves – three for the short­est height, four for the next tallest, and five shelves for the two tallest units. The inte­rior base of A’dammer also func­tions as an integrated shelf.

Aldo van den Nieuwelaar

Netherlands (1944–2010)

Born in 1944, Aldo van den Nieuwelaar is a Dutch designer and architect. He founded his own studio in 1969 and spent his career designing furniture, light fixtures, light sculptures, and architecture. His work is known for its simplicity and clarity of form, Van den Nieuwelaar’s iconic work is in his sculptural fluorescent lighting, which often featured curved steel tubes in white and chrome and geometric fluorescent tubes. One example is the TC6, a square box with a circular fluorescent tube. In 1973, van den Nieuwelaar collaborated with Pastoe to create a series of narrow cabinets with shutter doors. His award-winning designs are exhibited in museums throughout the Netherlands as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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