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Poul Cadovius (Danish, 1911-2011) System CADO Two-drawer Cabinet and Two Shelves, Denmark, c. 1965, teak and brass, includes two wall brackets, four brass shelf supports and associated hardware, shelves stamped "Made in Denmark," cabinet ht. 6, wd. 31 1/2, dp. 11 3/4; shelves: ht. 3/4, wd. 31 1/2, dp. 7 7/8; wall brackets ht. 78 in.
Note: Cadovius, originally trained as a saddler and upholster, 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. His Royal System shelving won 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 midcentury modern design throughout the 1950s and '60s. Although the Royal System was his main contribution to Danish modernism, Cadovius went on to acquire the manufacturer France & Son and registered more than 400 patents throughout his long career.
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