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.

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.

About the designer: Poul Cadovius.                                             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 he 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 material and fiberglass components like the wellknown bus shelter. And then he invented the award winning and world-renowned System Abstracta, which was used as exhibition halls at the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1962. Poul Cadovius was indeed a man of the world and the king of furniture. 

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

Oak, smoked oak or walnut

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.

Surface treatment
Oil or soap

Sliding doors
The sliding doors are available in wood or laminate.

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