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Midcentury Danish Teak System ‘Cado’ by Poul Cadovius Modular Wall Shelving 60s

US$6,820.50

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A highly versatile and functional three-bay teak Cado wall system by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. Comprising of three backboards, two cupboards, drop-down bar, glass fronted cabinet, six shelves and brackets - completed by a pair of adjustable shelving lights by Swedish company NAFA. Wooden dowels fit into the angled holes on each panel, locking individual elements securely in place. Each individual piece simply hangs on the back-board and can be positioned at your discretion. Overall in very good vintage condition. There is some UV fading on some of the back panels and a few small marks (see last images), but nothing that detracts from such a stunning piece. Marked, made in Denmark. Measurements: 3 x backboards: each 244cm high (8ft) x 80.5cm wide x 2cm deep 2 x cupboards: each 52cm high x 80cm wide x 48cm deep 1 x drop down bar: 42.5cm high x 80cm wide x 38cm deep 1 x glass fronted cabinet, two shelves: 56cm high x 80cm wide x 22cm deep 6 x shelves (all 80cm wide, 2cm high): 1 x 48cm deep; 2 x 30cm deep; 3 x 22cm deep 12 x shelf brackets The images show 33cm from floor to base unit, but can be fixed at any height.

Details

  • Creator
    Poul Cadovius (Designer),Cado (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 96.07 in. (244 cm)Width: 95.28 in. (242 cm)Depth: 18.9 in. (48 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. There is some UV fading on the back panels and a few small marks (see last images).
  • Seller Location
    Sherborne, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4257223731872

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    Ships From: Sherborne, United Kingdom
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About the Designer

Poul Cadovius

While Poul Cadovius (1911–2011) is most famous for his modular floating shelving system, his career in design didn’t actually start with wall units.Born just outside of Copenhagen in 1911, Cadovius began manufacturing window treatments in the 1940s with his partner, Hother Brønner. He soon turned his focus from venetian blinds to furniture, finding success designing svelte pieces in teak, a richly colored hardwood favored by the Danish mid-century modernists.In 1945, Cadovius founded the furniture manufacturer Royal System with his designs, including the 1948 Royal System shelving unit, a space-saving solution that underscored Cadovius’s penchant for problem-solving in a multifunctional way. Rather than balance shelves on wooden or metal legs, it held them to the wall with brackets. He followed it with the System Ultra in 1957, the System Cado in 1960 and the System Abstracta, which was installed throughout the exhibition halls of the 1962 Cologne Furniture Fair. All expanded on his idea of wall-mounted shelving that saved space while offering functionality, allowing for limitless combinations of storage, shelves, work surfaces and other units. The Royal System proved to be especially popular and is still produced by Danish furniture brand dk3 today, with early models continuing to be in demand.Along with the shelving systems, Cadovius designed everything from lounge chairs to mushroom-shaped bus shelters, and he held over 400 patents. In addition to being a designer, he was also an entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity, such as purchasing Danish manufacturer France & Søn in the mid-1960s and folded it into CADO, a company he founded years earlier. He used this as an occasion to experiment with his designs, conceiving such unusual pieces as an aluminum-based dining table topped with rosewood and hand-painted by artist Susan Fjedldoe Mygge.Cadovius’s innovations in shelving continued throughout his career, with examples like the sculptural Butterfly shelf and vertical pieces mixing shelving and storage. In 2018, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Royal System, dk3 reissued the celebrated shelving system as well as a more compact version reimagined for 21st-century homes.Find a collection of vintage Poul Cadovius storage cabinets, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.
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