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Vintage Danish Rosewood Modular Wall Unit by Poul Cadovius for Cado, 1960s

$2,633.32

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Vintage Danish rosewood modular 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 Danish architect Poul Cadovius. Here the elements are arranged as a long sideboard. Cadovius had the revolutionary idea to design a floating, modular shelving system that would maximize floor space and signify the end of conformity in shelving. He first designed the model Royal with brass shelf brackets and a few years later the model Cado with wooden shelf brackets. He also named the company Cado. Versatile and flexible floating bookcase that allows for continuous rearranging to suit individual needs. Cabinets and shelves can be placed as desired. This set consists of: 5 Uprights, length 40 cm 1 Cabinet with double sliding doors with one adjustable shelf, 38 x 80 x 42.5 cm 1 Record cabinet with drop down door, 38 x 80 x 42.5 cm 2 Shelves, depth 30 cm 2 Shelves, depth 22 cm The cabinet with drop down door features two compartments with vertical dividers for albums or books. Key included. Stamped "Made in Denmark" on the back the shelves. Brackets in solid Rosewood. In very fine vintage condition with natural patina. Few nicks and scratches. All surfaces has been cleaned and polished, ready for use. Stunning Rosewood pattern.

Details

  • Creator
    Cado (Manufacturer),Poul Cadovius (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.74 in (42.5 cm)Width: 127.37 in (323.5 cm)Depth: 15.75 in (40 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960-1969
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In very fine vintage condition with natural patina. Few nicks and scratches. All surfaces has been cleaned and polished, ready for use. Stunning Rosewood pattern.
  • Seller Location
    Asaa, DK
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 8071stDibs: LU4897228182802

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About the Designer

Poul Cadovius

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. 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.

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