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Poul Cadovius Seating

Danish, 1911-2011

While Poul Cadovius 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.

Cadovius followed the Royal System shelving unit 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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Creator: Poul Cadovius
Vintage 1958 Set 6 Pia Chairs by Poul Cadovius for Royal Persiennen Woven Seats
By Poul Cadovius, Royal Persiennen
Located in Basel, BS
Pia Chair, Set of 6, Original first edition by Poul Cadovius for Royal Persiennen 1958 model chairs, in excellent vintage condition. Beautiful woven seating. Teak wood. Design by Poul Cadovius, 1958 The Poul Cadovius Pia...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Cadovius Seating

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Cord, Papercord, Rope, Teak

PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius, Walnut
By DK3, Poul Cadovius
Located in Paris, FR
PIA chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H 75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Natural – Black (Contact us) -- The Pia chair signed by DK3 was imagined and designed by the famous designer Poul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Cadovius Seating

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Pair of Fd 211 "Guvenør" Lounge Chairs in Oak
By France & Søn, Poul Cadovius
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Poul Cadovious Manufacturer: France + Søn Era: 1960s Materials: Oak Measurements: 33" wide x 31" deep x 28" tall Condition: In excellent original c...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Cadovius Seating

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Basketweave "Guvenør" Sofa in Rosewood by Poul Cadovius
By Poul Cadovius, France & Søn
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Poul Cadovius Manufacturer: France + Søn Era: 1960s Materials: Rosewood Measurements: 80.25? wide x 31.5? deep Condition: In excellent original cond...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Cadovius Seating

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Rosewood

Set of 10 Danish Mid Century Modern Cado Dining Chairs Wool Upholstery Denmark
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 10 Danish Mid Century Modern Cado Dining Chairs Wool Upholstery Denmark
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PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius - Light Oak
By DK3, Poul Cadovius
Located in Paris, FR
PIA Chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper cordel: – Natural – Black (Contact us) -- The Pia chair signed by DK3 was imagined and designed by the famous designer Poul Codavius...
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Oak

PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius - Black Lacquered Oak
By DK3, Poul Cadovius
Located in Paris, FR
PIA Chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper ...
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PIA Chair by Poul Cadovius - Smoked Oak
By DK3, Poul Cadovius
Located in Paris, FR
PIA chair Solid oak frame, paper cordel seat Dimensions: H 75 x 49 x 48 cm (seat height 45cm) Wood: – Oak – Smoked oak – Black lacquered oak – Walnut Paper...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Poul Cadovius Seating

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Oak

Poul Cadovius Bench Coffee Table in Rosewood
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Grenoble, FR
Poul Cadovius bench coffee table in rosewood, base lacquered in black. Rare and original piece in very good condition.   
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poul Cadovius Seating

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Rosewood

President Lounge Chair by Steen Ostergaard for Poul Cadovius, Denmark 1970s
By Poul Cadovius, Steen Ostergaard
Located in Haderslev, DK
Iconic lounge chair from the 1970s by Steen Ostergaard for Poul Cadovius. The model is called President lounge chair. It has been fully r...
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1970s Danish Space Age Vintage Poul Cadovius Seating

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Felt, Fiberglass

Set of Four Poul Cadovius Dining Chairs for CADO, Denmark, 1959
By Poul Cadovius, Cado
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Set of four dining chairs by Paul Cadovius for Cado – Denmark, 1959. The chairs are made of teak wood and are reupholstered in a black faux leather. Very good condition. Designer:...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Poul Cadovius Seating

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Faux Leather, Teak

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Poul Cadovius seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Poul Cadovius seating 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 Poul Cadovius seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 8 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Poul Cadovius were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by C.M. Madsen, Harry Østergaard, and Vilhelm Lauritzen. Prices for Poul Cadovius seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,212 and can go as high as $11,400, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,260.

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