dk3 | System Cado


After a successful introduction of the iconic wall-mounted shelving system Royal System in 1948, the legendary Danish designer and manufacturer Poul Cadovius took a further step and designed System Cado in 1960.

Create your own configuration**

As with Royal System, the development of System Cado was also based on the innovative idea of moving the furniture off the floor onto the walls, leaving more space in the room. Poul Cadovius saw a challenge in the heavy, space-stealing traditional furniture, which occupied too much floor space, and his solution to this challenge was the introduction of the wall-mounted shelving concept. As he expressed it himself: "Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on".

System Cado consists of wall-mounted wooden panels with shelves and various drawers and cabinets, invisibly mounted onto the panels with concealed panel fittings. At the launch in 1960, the system also included tables, sofas and even a bed, and the idea of moving the furniture from the floor onto the wall was indeed completed with System Cado. In 2018, dk3 relaunched System Cado in various wood types. The shelving system remains a stylish classic with a space-saving, flexible design, forming a unique and impressive unity.

Design: Poul Cadovius

Dimensions (W x D x H): 
Wall panel 80 x 1,6 x 300 cm
Shelf 80 x 24 x 1,9 cm
Cabinet w/ sliding doors 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

Material: Oak, smoked oak or walnut
Surface treatment: Oil or soap
Sliding doors: The sliding doors are available in wood or laminate.

The cabinet for drawers is veneered, and the drawers are made of solid wood.
The workstation is veneered, and the drawers are made of solid wood.
Wall panels, shelves, cabinet w/ writing flap and cabinet w/ sliding doors are veneered.

*Domestic shipping rates are not included. Please inquire about these rates at

**For bespoke variations, please send the configuration to for pricing. 


Temperature + Humidity 

  • The ideal condition for wood inside your home is a temperature of about 70-72 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity levels of 50%-55%. During winter months, humidity levels drop, which can cause problems with wood. To level things out, use a humidifier during dry months. Along similar lines, try to avoid any abrupt changes in humidity. Wood likes a consistent environment, and damage can gradually occur otherwise.
  • If you’re storing wood furniture, don’t leave it in areas like attics, garages, or basements. By leaving furniture in unprotected areas like these, you can actually cause the aging of the wood to accelerate. Also with storage, be sure not to store wood pieces in hot areas or near fireplaces and heating vents. The excess heat can dry out the wood.
  • If your wood pieces are in a damp area, or during rainy seasons, use dehumidifiers to combat excess moisture.
  • When placing wood furniture around your home, try to make sure it’s not placed in direct sunlight.
  • When storing table leaves, try to keep them close to the table itself in order to ensure they’re both exposed to the same humidity levels consistently

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