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Monday 28 March 2016, by Barbara Cogollos

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Customizable wall bookcase by Poul CADOVIUS for ROCHE BOBOIS

In the 60’s, the Maison Roche Bobois launches a collection inspired by the Scandinavian lines to revolutionize interiors. Roche Bobois collaborates with Poul CADOVIUS, a Danish designer and this library called "le vivoir scandinave" presented in its catalog in 1969. It is representative of modern manners, indeed furniture adapt to new needs: television or record player can be inserted. Scandinavian furniture has refined lines where the functional aspect is synonymous with decorative.

The library that we present is composed of panels forming a lining wall called "The Rosewood Wall " for the luxury version and "The walnut wall " or "The oiled teak wall of Bangkok" for more affordable versions. This library provides infinite design possibilities. The panels can be mounted separately or side by side to cover part or the total wall surface. Cabinets, dressers, secretaries and bars, can hang on the panels: their fixing is totally invisible and contains no metal parts. All the furniture are placed and move without using any tools. The furniture answers to specific and varied needs depending on the layout. The dresser used to storage table linen and cutlery and the desk offers excellent corner work.

The Rio’s rosewood is a refined wood with hints of violet or pink. The rarity of its essence makes it a very sought and valued wood. Here it is left varnish, exciting its beautiful decorative veining.

Few words about Poul CADOVIUS

Architect, designer and Danish furniture editor, he is probably the inventor of modular systems called the Royal System in 1944. He loves design to offer opportunities for endless combinations and adaptable to all types of interiors. He was born in 1911 in Denmark and died in 2011. He studied to be a saddler and upholsterer. Then he became interested in furniture design and a hanging wall systems. He is considered one of the greatest designers of the twentieth century by his innovative approach to modular shelves and furniture kit form.

His contemporaries (Kai Kristiansen or George Nelson) were largely inspired by the Poul CADOVIUS’ productions including modular system. Greatly rewarded for his work, he has won the gold medal in Finland MASSA in 1950, the silver medal at the 11th edition of the Milan Triennale in 1957 and finally the gold medal for the 10th edition of the International Salon of inventors in Bruxelles in 1961. Cadovius’ furniture were made in his factories under the Cado brand or the Royal System brand. His productions were controlled and produced under license.

Nowadays, Poul CADOVIUS’ innovation and his Royal System continues to fascinate the world of designers.

Few words about Roche Bobois

In the 1950s, two families meet and wish to engage in the distribution of works of the best specialists of the French contemporary furniture. They attempt to match the success that crosses Germany with Bauhaus and its renowned designers such as Pierre Paulin and Marc Berthier. Roche bought an old theater Rue de Lyon to convert in a shop. As for Chouchan, they sell their furniture on the Boulevard Sébastopol "Au Beau Bois" (which became Bobois).

In 1960, the Copenhagen fair presents to the world the Scandinavian furniture. The associates Chouchan and Roche are inspired by furniture exposed to create a Scandinavian line combines French refinement. Thanks to the advertising campaign in Elle magazine and the realization of their first catalog, sales took off and Roche Bobois becomes a brand in itself. The House has always managed to adapt to desires and needs of its customers by creating true styles thanks to the talent of renowned designers such as Danish Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner, allowing it to gain its letters of nobility.

Nowadays the House Roche Bobois continues to argue the European or even the international craftsmanship and develops as well its collaboration with artists from different universes such as: designers like Ora Ito, Cédric Ragot, Sacha Lakic, Christophe Delcourt or huge fashion houses as Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel House or Missoni Home ...


"Salons, canapés-lits, meubles par éléments, grands livings", Catalogue de vente Roche&Bobois,1969.

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