Poul Cadovius


From > 1911 -2011, Frederiksberg
Background > Upholsterer, designer and cabinet maker
Manufacturer > Mid 60s, Cadovius purchased the well-established furniture manufacturer France & Søn -credited with the industrialization of teak furniture production- and eventually renamed the company CADO.
Masterpieces > The iconic shelving system Royal system was designed in 1948 by Poul Cadovius, and has been one of the greatest Danish furniture successes in history. It was one of the world's first wall-mounted furniture systems, and the idea behind the design was innovative. Poul Cadovius saw a challenge in the heavy, space-stealing traditional furniture, which occupied too much floor space. With the introduction of the new wall-mounted shelving concept, the furniture was simply moved off the floor onto the walls, leaving more space in the room - as Poul Cadovius expressed it himself: "Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on”.
Prices > The Royal System (1948) shelving unit went on to win the gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver medal at the XI Triennale di Milano 1957.