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While Danish furniture company Cado is popular among collectors of Scandinavian modern furniture for its well-crafted chairs, sofas, coffee tables and dining tables, the brand is best known for its sculptural wall shelving systems created by renowned Danish designer Poul Cadovius (1911–2011), Cado's founder.

The Copenhagen-born Cadovius initially studied to be an upholsterer and saddler before pursuing furniture design. He began his career in the 1940s making Venetian blinds and other window treatments before shifting his focus toward designing versatile furnishings that could be adapted to all sorts of interior spaces.

In 1945, Cadovius founded the furniture manufacturer Royal System intending to produce his designs for postwar homeowners. His visionary works included 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. The wall unit was practical and functional, but it was also decorative, made of rich and exotic woods like walnut, rosewood and teak, a favorite wood of Cadovius’s and a highly sought-after material among mid-century modern designers. 

Cadovius established Cado in the late 1950s. The manufacturer followed the Royal System shelving unit with several other modular storage designs including the System Ultra in 1957, System Cado in 1960 and System Abstracta in 1962. Two years later, with more than 400 patents to his name, Cadovius purchased premier Danish furniture manufacturer France & Søn and incorporated it into Cado.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Cado collaborated with influential Danish and European designers of the era such as Steen Østergaard, best known for his stackable Cado 290, a Space Age fiberglass-and-polyamide nylon lounge chair; Finn Juhl, a stylistic maverick who embraced expressive, free-flowing shapes in chair and sofa designs much earlier than his colleagues; and Ole Wanscher, who drew on Shaker furniture and Chippendale forms and created the widely loved Colonial chair and coffee table for P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik

Cadovius’s designs — as well as the other works manufactured by Cado — are widely coveted by vintage furniture enthusiasts all over the world. In 2018, the Danish brand dk3 reissued the Royal System as well as a more compact version.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage Cado case pieces and storage cabinets, seating and tables.

Vintage Danish Teak Shelving System by Poul Cadovius, 1960s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish Mid-Century Modern 2 bay wall unit Model Royal by Poul Cadovius for Cado Denmark. This unit consists of: - 1 Upright in stained beech, height 148.5 cm - 2 Uprights in stained...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

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Teak

1950s Wall shelf, Poul Cadovius
By Cado, Poul Cadovius
Located in Neuss, NW
Classic shelving system from the 1950s. The high-quality containers and shelves are veneered in teak. The system consists of eleven shelves, one container with sliding doors, one con...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado

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Wood, Teak

 1950s Wall shelf, Poul Cadovius
 1950s Wall shelf, Poul Cadovius
H 78.35 in W 96.07 in D 11.82 in
Vintage Danish Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s. Mid-Century Modern 4 bay shelving system model Cado. This is a original vintage floating bookcase designed by...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

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Teak

Vintage Danish 2-Bay Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish 2-Bay Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s. Mid-Century Modern 2 bay shelving system model Cado with back panels. This is a original vintage flo...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

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Rosewood

Danish Modern 2-Bay Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1950s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish Modern 2-Bay Modular Teak Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1950s. Mid-Century Modern 2 bay shelving system model Royal. This is an original vintage floating bookcase desi...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado

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Teak

Vintage Danish Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish rosewood modular wall unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado 1960s Mid-Century Modern 3 bay shelving system model Cado. This is a original vintage floating bookcase designed ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

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Rosewood

Finn Juhl FD 112 Armchair Lounge, Rosewood, Cado, France & Søn, 1960s, Denmark
By Cado, Finn Juhl, France & Søn
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Finn Juhl FD 112 Armchair Lounge, Rosewood, Cado, France & Søn, 1960s, Denmark. Arms are removable. You can use as armless lounge as well. (See final pho...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

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Textile, Rosewood

Danish Modern Teak Cabinet by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s.
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Danish Modern Teak Cabinet by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s. Vintage Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern teak sideboard with double sliding doors. Standing on four original and rare Cado...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado

Materials

Teak

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Cado furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Cado furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Cado furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Cado were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Magnus Olesen, Gunni Omann, and Omann Jun Møbelfabrik. Prices for Cado furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $668 and can go as high as $17,100, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,872.

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