Cado Modular Shelves by Poul Cadovius

If a classic mid-century modern shelving system is what you’re after, Danish designer Poul Cadovius’ Cado modular shelving system is a great choice. Widely imitated, great craftsmanship and attention to detail-such as dovetail joinery in solid rosewood or teak– set a real Cado apart. White Trash NYC recently sold a really nice Cado unit and have some pictures on their site that highlight the craftmanship.

Cado parts and systems come up fairly frequently on eBay and in shops like Retro@home and The unit pictured above was recently available through 1stdibs from Carl Chaffee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Pricing can vary widely depending on condition and number of pieces, but expect to pay upwards of $1000 and as much as $7000 for a first-rate system.

14 Responses to “Cado Modular Shelves by Poul Cadovius”

  1. […] are poles fixed to ceiling and floor, rather than wall-mounted) can be found on the Pole Shelving blog. If you’re in Vancouver, there are a couple of Cado-style units at the moment at Fabulous […]

  2. thomas semmel on July 9th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    is the unit for sale?



  3. Wow!
    I just bought an house and there is a system lika this.
    luckely I didn’t throw it in the container…
    any good advice on where I can sell it?
    the system is over 4 meters wide with shells, magazineshell and some storageshells…

  4. Mattias, where are you located? I would recommend posting your piece on craigslist or ebay.

  5. The system is in South of Sweden, in Ystad.
    I’m going to sell the system, I just have to finish of with the builders that are going to renovate my house. I also have an older woodbed and a make-uptable from the early 1970 for sale.

    I’ll leave a reply when I put the pictures om ebay or internet.

  6. I forgot, my shells are not like this system above, I have the version with the oak covering the hole backside. I also found the reciept from 1973 when the system what bought. It’s not in the best condition since the man living in the house before me smoked pipe and put some holes in the system for speakercables, electricity, antennacable, doorhole and fireplace.

  7. I’ve got a System Cado I bought in Europe in 1966.
    Does anyone know where I can find a replacement cabinet key for it?

  8. Hi there,
    I am missing a triangular metal bracket. Does anyone know where I can find a replacement for this?

  9. For those missing the cabinet key for a system Cado I have one that I will be glad to make a duplicate from. Please email me and let me know what you think a reasonable price would be for a key and shipping to you.

  10. OOps.. forgot the email address..

  11. Carl W. Helser on March 23rd, 2010 at 11:13 am

    To whom it may concern: In the mid 1960’s I purched a set of shelving which have lasted nerly 50 years and are still adding value to our home. At the time we also bought two plastic molded chairs with the name Cado embosed on them. Can you tell me how to gather more information on them? They also, like your shelves have lasted throgh the test of time and four children.
    Yours, Car W. Helser

  12. Lorraine Eriksson on May 4th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Trying to locate a distributor for System Cado shelving.

  13. Where can the Cado system be purchased in the U.S. ?

  14. Aardewerk en Zo
    Specialized in wall units designed by Poul Cadovius.
    World wide shipping!

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