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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.

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Creator: Cado
1960s Steen Ostergaard 'President' Fiberglass Lounge Chair for Cado, Denmark
By Cado, Ostergaard Steen
Located in Praha, CZ
- good (repolished ) original condition with minor signs of use - The fabric in good original condition
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Oak

Steen Ostergaard Model 290 Pair of Red Chair for Cado, 1970
By Steen Ostergaard, Cado
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Steen Ostergaard model 290 red plastic stacking chairs manufactured by Cado, 1970. Set of 2. With some scratches and marks.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Chairs

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Plastic

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Cado chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Cado chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Cado chairs, although red editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Cado were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the 1960s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Niels Otto Møller, Henning Kjærnulf, and Johannes Andersen. Prices for Cado chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $668 and can go as high as $668, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $668.

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