Poul Cadovius (1911-2011) was one of the most colourful and successful persons in the history of Danish furniture industry. He was originally educated as an upholsterer, but became very interested in design at an early stage and in 1945 established his own furniture manufacturing company Royal System. A few years later, in 1948, he designed the ground-breaking and award-winning shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM®, followed by SYSTEM ULTRA® in 1957 and SYSTEM CADO® in 1960. All his life Poul Cadovius was an exceptional entrepreneur and innovator, and he achieved to take more than 400 patents during his long career.
Besides designing furniture Poul Cadovius also owned a boatyard and developed many other different products such as building materials and fiberglass components like the well known bus shelter. He also invented the award winning and world-renowned modular display and furniture system, System Abstracta, which was used in exhibition halls at the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1962. Poul Cadovius was indeed a man of the world and the king of furniture.