About us

Aldo van den Nieuwelaar is a systematic modular designer; characterized by geometric abstraction, a systematic approach and a minimal use of image resources he gets to an almost timid, more anonymous and everlasting product. Not fashionable. He believes in evergreens.
By analyzing his designs you will consistenly encounter the same attributes: simplicity and clarity of form.
This derives from Aldo being able to reduce the design of all his products to their very essence without losing sight of the needs for which the products are designed in the first place.
In designing his lamps, he for instance takes the source of light as his starting point and for this he strongly prefers using diffuse fluorescent light as it resembles daylight in its even and less distorting brightness.
As can be seen with the ‘Circlelight’ and the ‘Outline’, these lamps are more ‘light objects’ with a strong spatial almost physical energy.
It can be said that Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, in his work, focuses on the analytical form, in such a way that his designs can very well be used architecturally. In this way his use of images is similar to that of minimal-art artists.

Biography

Born 1944 in Tilburg, The Netherlands

Started his career in architecture with the firm of Spier and Lammersen (Amsterdam) and with Premsela Vonk (Amsterdam), founded his own firm in 1968 in Amsterdam, later also in New York and Airole (Italy)

Here is a selection of different activities.

Teaching:
Royal Academy The Hague, The Netherlands
Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Guest lecturer University of Architecture, Aachen, Germany

Projects, both independently and in collaboration with amongst others Willem Sandberg, Benno Premsela, Wim Crouwel:
Seat of South-Holland Provincial Government, The Hague, The Netherlands
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Underground station Waterlooplein Amsterdam
Core shopping area, lightplan, Deventer, The Netherlands
Dutch participation at the International Trade Show, Munich, Germany
KBB Head Office, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Exhibitions:
Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Awards:
A.S.I.D. Award New York USA
Resources Counsel Inc. USA
Kho Liang Ie Design Award

Publications:
Dutch Design 1945-1987
The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 1850-2000
Modern Classics; furniture writing history

In collections of:
Artimeta - Heerlen, The Netherlands
Boops Lighting Products - Bavel, The Netherlands
Danskina - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dieudonné - Bergeijk, The Netherlands
Eikelenboom - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lichtplanning Van der Stelt - Bavel, The Netherlands
Pastoe - Utrecht, The Netherlands
Teunen&Teunen - Germany