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
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.