The innovator Poul Cadovius
Poul Cadovius (1911-2011) trained as a saddle maker and upholsterer before turning to furniture design. He was also a born inventor and was blessed with a more than an average business sense. During the 1970s, he was the biggest furniture manufacturer in Denmark, with branches in 7 countries, exports to 40 markets, hundreds of patents for his own inventions and a boat-building company. He was also the man behind the mushroom-shaped bus shelters, which we still see throughout Denmark today. His drive and passion helped create change, uniting form and function in eternal harmony.
He was also chairman of the CADO Center A/S, Cadomus A/S, France & Son A/S, Royal System A/S, Abstracta System A/S, as well as member of the boards of associated and sister companies in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Norway, Spain, UK, USA, and France (La Boutique Danoise). He belonged to the same generation as many other famous Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Piet Hein, Ole Wanscher, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Børge Mogensen, and more. All important contributors to the now classic furniture fashion called Danish Modern.
All his life Poul Cadovius was an exceptional entrepreneur and innovator, and he achieved to take more than 400 patents during his long career. He was indeed a man of the world and a king of furniture.