Aldo van den Nieuwelaar

Netherlands 1944 – 2010
Designer, interior decorator

Aldo van den Nieuwelaar was a Dutch designer and interior decorator. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Breda and 1969 he founded his own studio. Initially stimulated by Benno Premsela and Edo Spier he worked with strict minimalist geometric shapes. Inspired by Gerrit Rietveld, De Stijl and Bauhaus, he designed furniture, rugs, lamps, light sculptures and a building system.


In 1968, Van den Nieuwelaar designed a series of innovative fluorescent lights in curved steel tubes, in white and chrome. A classic was his TC6 which was a square box (initially a cube) to which a circular fluorescent tube. Another famous design is the so-called ‘Amsterdammer’, a series of narrow cabinets with shutters for Pastoe in 1973.


Van den Nieuwelaar was the architect responsible for the design of the Waterloo Tube Station in Amsterdam. In 1980, Van den Nieuwelaar was awarded the prize of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID Award). In 1986 he received the Kho Liang Ie prize. Van den Nieuwelaar was responsible for the lighting design in various public spaces. His designs have been exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Some of his designs are in our permanent collection and sometimes we offer one of his pieces for sale. Most of his items were only produced in very limited productions, makes these items very hard to find.


Important literature:
Aldo van den Nieuwelaar lights & Furniture, WhiteRouge gallery 2012

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