Danish designer Poul Cadovius was born in Frederiksberg in 1911. Although an upholsterer, he became interested in industrial design and started the furniture manufacturing company ,Royal Systems in 1945. He later had the idea to design a floating, modular shelving system that would maximize floor space and change the look and idea of shelving. The Royal System (1948) shelving unit went on to win the gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950, as well as numerous other awards, it remained a hallmark of midcentury modern design throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.
Sometime between 1964 and 1967, he took over the well-established furniture manufacturer France & son, eventually renaming the company Cado. He worked with a number of iconic Danish designers through France & Søn and CADO, including Sigvar Bernadotte, Grete Jalk, Arne Vodder, Edvard Kindt-Larsen, and Finn Juhl. Pieces manufactured by CADO include Ditte & Adrian Heath’s 594 Dining Table and Chairs (1971), Steen Ostergaard’s Lounge Chair and Model 290 Chairs (1968), Ole Wanscher’s Senator Chair series (1960s), as well as a series of coffee tables in the 1960s by Cadovius that feature the use of aluminum, rosewood, and hand-painted designs by Susan Fjedldoe Mygge.
His minimalistic aesthetic andindustrial and organic style , affordable and elegant. The Royal System shelving unit was his main contribution to Danish modernism, Cadovius registered more than 400 patents throughout his long career, inspiring many future designers.
Cadovius passed away in 2011 at the age of 99.
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