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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
Ole Wanscher Sofa for Cado, 1960s Danish Design
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Neuss, NW
Classic 3-seater-sofa from the 1960s. Model Senator by Ole Wanscher for CADO. High-quality solid teak frame. The sofa has been reupholstered and covered with a high-quality gray upho...
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1960s Danish Vintage Cado Sofas

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Upholstery, Teak

Special Moduline Hanging Sofa by Cado, Denmark, 1960s
By Cado, Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen, Torben Lind
Located in Haderslev, DK
Moduline two seater designed by Ole Gjerløv Knudsen and Torben Lind for Cado (Poul Cadovius) 1968. This rare wall mounted two seater is green colored pleather and in good condtio...
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1960s European Space Age Vintage Cado Sofas

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Aluminum

1970s, Danish design by Arne Vodder for Cado Denmark, 3 seater sofa.
By Arne Vodder, Cado
Located in Tarm, 82
1970s, Danish design by Arne Vodder for Cado Denmark. 3 seater sofa, furniture wool, dark exotic/teak wood. Loose cushions. Original very good condition: no smells and no stains.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Wool, Teak

Mid-Century Three Seat Sofa Senator, Danish Design Teak Couch by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 182 x 75 x 80 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This Mid Century three seat sofa was designed by Ole Wanscher for the Sentator Series for France and Son in the 1950s. This mod...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

60s 70s Teak 2 Seater Sofa Couch Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Danish Design
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
1960s-1970s teak 2 seater sofa couch Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Danish design Object: 2-seater sofa Manufacturer: Cado (France & Son) Condition: Good - vintage Age: a...
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1970s Danish Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

60s 70s Teak 3 Seater Sofa Couch Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Danish Design
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
60s 70s teak 3 seater sofa couch Ole Wanscher Cado France & Son Danish design Object: 3 seater sofa Manufacturer: Cado (France & Son) Condition: good - vintage Age: aroun...
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1970s Danish Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with vintage aniline leather. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

Materials

Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with tan aniline leather. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Leather, Teak

1960s Restored Danish Ole Wanscher Sofa by Cado
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Knebel, DK
Mahogany sofa designed by Ole Wanscher and manufactured by Cado. The elegant sofa feature organic shapes and excellent craftmanship with lots of small details. The sofa has been re...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Teak

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Ole Wanscher #166 Sofa for Cado in Senator Oak
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Scandinavian modern sofa designed by Ole Wanscher in 1951 and manufactured by Cado (France & Son). Striking and comfortable seating addition to home or business setting. Please confi...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Danish Leather Modular sofa, 1960s Denmark
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H 29.53 in W 33.47 in D 33.47 in
Ole Wanscher Teak 'Senator' Sofa
By Ole Wanscher
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Ole Wanscher Teak 'Senator' Sofa
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Moduline Rosewood Sofa Love Seat
By France & Søn, Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen
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The iconic moduline sofa designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind for France & Son, Denmark, 1960. This sofa has a solid rosewood frame and flawless wool covered seats.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Wool, Rosewood

Moduline Rosewood Sofa Love Seat
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H 27 in W 52 in D 30 in
1960s Danish Leather Sofa by Hans Olsen
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A four-seat leather sofa created in 1960s Denmark by Hans Olsen. This elegant, yet inviting sofa, stretches out, offering luscious seating space for four sitters. Created by experime...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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1960s Danish Leather Sofa by Hans Olsen
1960s Danish Leather Sofa by Hans Olsen
H 28.9 in W 87 in D 29.1 in
1960s Danish Modern Wooden Sofa
Located in High Point, NC
This two-seat sofa was made in Denmark, circa 1960. The ivory white upholstered seats and backrests provide comfort and enhance the warm tones of the polished wood. The armrests and ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Hardwood

1960s Danish Modern Wooden Sofa
1960s Danish Modern Wooden Sofa
H 37 in W 53.5 in D 33.5 in
Senator Sofa in Teak by Ole Wanscher for France & Son, 1950s
By France & Søn, Ole Wanscher
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
This three-seater 'Senator 166' sofa, designed by Ole Wanscher for France & Søn in the 1960s, is a paragon of Scandinavian mid-century design. The piece showcases the clean lines, qu...
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Arne Vodder Sofa in Patinated Cognac Leather
By Arne Vodder, Ivan Schlechter
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Arne Vodder for Ivan Schlechter, sofa, patinated leather, teak, Denmark, design 1953, manufactured late 1950s-1960s. Elegant two-seat settee in admirable cognac leather and teak b...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Leather, Teak

Arne Vodder Sofa in Patinated Cognac Leather
Arne Vodder Sofa in Patinated Cognac Leather
H 31.89 in W 49.22 in D 28.75 in
Ole Wanscher Senator Armchair for Cado
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Neuss, NW
Classic armchair from the 1960s. Model Senator by Ole Wanscher for Cado. High-quality solid teak frame. The original spring core has been reupholstered and covered with a high-qualit...
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1960s Danish Vintage Cado Sofas

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Upholstery, Teak

Ole Wanscher Senator Armchair for Cado
Ole Wanscher Senator Armchair for Cado
H 29.93 in W 26.78 in D 26.38 in
Set of Two, Two-Seat Sofa’s in Leather by Mogens Hansen, Denmark, 1960s
By Mogens Hansen
Located in Uithoorn, NL
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Danish Sofa in Soft Pink Textured Fabric
Located in Waalwijk, NL
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Brass

Danish Sofa in Soft Pink Textured Fabric
Danish Sofa in Soft Pink Textured Fabric
H 29.34 in W 51.38 in D 22.64 in
Custom 1960s Italian Style Velvet Sofa or Bench with Brass Base by Adesso Import
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Cado Sofas

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Previously Available Items
Poul Cadovius three seat sofa of Ash, Aniline Leather, Canvas and Saddle Leather
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Poul Cadovius three seat sofa with frame of ash. Seat and back with canvas, original upholstered tan leather cushions. Made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Leather, Canvas, Ash

Mid-Century Two-Seat Sofa, Senator Series, Teak Couch by Ole Wanscher
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in München, Bavaria
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Poul Cadovius Three Seat Sofa of Ash, Aniline Leather, Canvas and Saddle Leather
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Poul Cadovius three seat sofa with frame of ash. New upholstered cushions in aniline leather. Seat and back with new canvas. Made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Leather, Canvas, Ash

Ole Wanscher Two-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher two-seat sofa new upholstered with vintage aniline leather. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

Materials

Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Two-Seat Sofa
Ole Wanscher Two-Seat Sofa
H 34.65 in W 48.04 in D 27.56 in
Arne Vodder for Cado Teak Danish Modern Sofa / Settee
By Arne Vodder, Cado
Located in Fulton, CA
Two seat sofa designed by Arne Vodder for Cado. Made in Denmark 1970's. Substantial, solid teak frame. Reversible seat cushions. Retains "Cado" label. Structurally very solid. Right ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Grete Jalk Teak Sofa, 1960s Denmark, Manufactured by Cado
By Grete Jalk, Cado
Located in Neuss, NW
Classic sofa by Grete Jalk for Cado. High-quality solid wood frame made of teak. The original spring cores of the seat and backrest have been reupholstered and covered with a high-qu...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Teak

Vintage Scandinavian 3-Seater Senator Sofa and Chair by Ole Wanscher for Cado
By Cado, Ole Wanscher
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
This elegant Senator lounge set, consists of a three-seater sofa and armchair, was designed by Ole Wanscher for the Danish Cado manufacture in the 1960s. T...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Grete Jalk Teak Danish Modern Sofa
By Grete Jalk, Cado
Located in Fulton, CA
A nice original example of an original Grete Jalk teak Danish Modern sofa. Retains "CADO" Made in Denmark label. Original finish with nice glow to pati...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Cado Sofas

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Teak

Grete Jalk Teak Danish Modern Sofa
Grete Jalk Teak Danish Modern Sofa
H 27.88 in W 74 in D 27.63 in
Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ole Wanscher three-seat sofa new upholstered with black Envy aniline leather from Arne Sørensen. Made of solid teak. Model senator, made by Cado.
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

Materials

Leather, Teak

Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
Ole Wanscher Three-Seat Sofa
H 34.65 in W 70.87 in D 27.56 in
Danish Teak Vintage 3 Seat Sofa by Ole Wanscher, 1960s
By Ole Wanscher, Cado
Located in Oirlo, LI
A beautiful Danish sofa in solid teak, this model is called the 'Senator', it was designed by Ole Wanscher and was made by Cado in the 60s-70s. It is in excellent condition for it...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Fabric, Teak

Teak Living Room Set by Arne Vodder for Cado, 1970s
By Arne Vodder, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Teak living room set by Arne Vodder for Cado, 1970s Vintage Danish Modern set of 3-seater couch, two lounge chairs and a coffee table in teak, model 162. Designed by Danish architec...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Teak

Vintage Danish Modular Revolte Sofa by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1970s
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Danish modular revolte sofa by Poul Cadovius for Cado/ France & Son, 1970s The Revolte sofa was designed in the 1960s by Danish designer and architect Poul Cadovius. The ide...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cado Sofas

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Steel

Cado sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Cado sofas 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 sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas 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 sofas by Kurt Østervig, Mogens Hansen, and Arne Wahl Iversen. Prices for Cado sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,428 and can go as high as $4,460, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,537.

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