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Poul Cadovius Modular Floating Wall System in Teak, Denmark, 1950’s

Beautiful modular floating shelving system, by Poul Cadovius for Royal System.

Display cabinet 80 x 30 x 33.5 cm
Chest of drawers 80 x 30 x 15.5 cm
Cabinet 80 x 30 x 33.5 cm
1 shelves 80 x 24.5 cm
3 shelves 80 x 20 cm.
3 mounting rails of 202 cm length each.

A few tiny repairs with hard wax. The chest with drawers has repairs on the hooks for hanging (see photo). Wear consistent with age and use.

Born just outside of Copenhagen in 1911, Cadovius began manufacturing window treatments in the 1940s with his partner, Hother Brønner. He soon turned his focus from venetian blinds to furniture, finding success designing svelte pieces in teak, a richly colored hardwood favored by the Danish mid-century modernists.

In 1945, Cadovius founded the furniture manufacturer Royal System with his designs, including the 1948 Royal System shelving unit, a space-saving solution that underscored Cadovius’s penchant for problem-solving in a multifunctional way. Rather than balance shelves on wooden or metal legs, it held them to the wall with brackets. He followed it with the System Ultra in 1957, the System Cado in 1960 and the System Abstracta, which was installed throughout the exhibition halls of the 1962 Cologne Furniture Fair. All expanded on his idea of wall-mounted shelving that saved space while offering functionality, allowing for limitless combinations of storage, shelves, work surfaces and other units. The Royal System proved to be especially popular and is still produced by Danish furniture brand dk3 today, with early models continuing to be in demand.