Paul Cadovius

Designer Danimarca / Denmark

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Paul Cadovius
Poul Cadovius (1911-2011) was one of the most colourful and successful people in the history of the Danish furniture industry.
Originally trained as a saddler and upholster, Cadovius became interested in industrial design and established his own furniture manufacturing company under the name of Royal Systems in 1945. Shortly after, 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. This was revolutionary in the traditional closet systems. The Royal System (1948) shelving unit went on to win the gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver medal at the XI Triennale di Milano 1957 and remained a hallmark of mid-century modern design throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.
He then designed the award-winning and world-famous Abstracta System, which in 1962 was used as exhibition halls at the Cologne Furniture Fair. Numerous iconic designs followed in the years.
Paul Cadovius
Paul Cadovius

Poul Cadovius (1911-2011) was one of the most colourful and successful people in the history of the Danish furniture industry. Originally trained as a saddler and upholster, Cadovius became interested in industrial design and established his own furniture manufacturing company under the name of Royal Systems in 1945. Shortly after, 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. This was revolutionary in the traditional closet systems. The Royal System (1948) shelving unit went on to win the gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver medal at the XI Triennale di Milano 1957 and remained a hallmark of mid-century modern design throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. He then designed the award-winning and world-famous Abstracta System, which in 1962 was used as exhibition halls at the Cologne Furniture Fair. Numerous iconic designs followed in the years.