Design by Poul Cadovius, 1960

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.

Dimensions (W x D x H)

Wall panel 80 x 1,6 x 205 cm

Wall panel 80 x 1,6 x 300 cm

Shelf 80 x 24 x 1,9 cm

Shelf 80 x 30 x 1,9 cm

Cabinet w/ sliding doors 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

Cabinet w/ 3 drawers 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

Cabinet w/ writing/bar flap 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

Workstation (only available with cabinet w/ writing/bar flap)


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.

There may be color differences in the different materiales. In time, there may be light deflections on the selves. In order to maintain a straight profile, we recommend a max lad of 15 kg. per shelf. Shelf-supports are not sold seperately.

We recommend that the SYSTEM CADO® is always installed by professionals. (Please see installation guide below).

Tested at DANISH TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE EN16121:2017+A1:2017 / EN16122:2012 in 2018.

dk3 has relaunched the original design from 1960, but due to new production techniques new parts are not compatible with old parts produced before 1985. 

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