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 iconic shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM®, followed by the award-winning SYSTEM ULTRA® in 1957 and SYSTEM CADO® in 1960. All three systems were based on a groundbreaking wall-mounted shelving concept, where the idea was to move the furniture off the floor onto the walls, leaving more space in the room.

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 in Denmark well-known mushroom-formed 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.

The cooperation between dk3 and Poul Cadovius started in 2009, where dk3 founder and owner Jacob Plejdrup contacted Poul Cadovius, who, at that time, was 98 years old. Despite the advanced age, he was still a man of his own will, and it took Jacob Plejdrup quite some time to finally convince the legendary designer and manufacturer to relaunch the ROYAL SYSTEM®. The iconic shelving system was successfully re-introduced in 2010 and shown at the Milan furniture fair Salone del Mobile in 2013, and since then it has been an important and growing part of the dk3 business.

Today dk3 holds the license of several Poul Cadovius classics, like the shelving systems ROYAL SYSTEM®, SYSTEM ULTRA® and SYSTEM CADO® and the PIA CHAIR.

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