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Century Furniture

Known for its many durable display cabinets, nightstands and dressers made of cherry, oak, walnut and more, Century Furniture of Hickory, North Carolina, began as an upholstered goods company in 1947 but added case goods and sophisticated mahogany dining-room furnishings shortly thereafter.

Launched by Harley Ferguson Shuford Sr., a Hickory native who was born to a family of textile mill owners, Century Furniture was intended to be “the best furniture company in the world.” With respect to speed and efficiency, the brand found its footing midway through production on a government contract that Shuford had secured in the early days to manufacture thousands of five-drawer chests. The effort was significant, but it was also a teachable moment as far as Shuford and his team’s learning the ropes of running a factory.

After hiring designer Raymond K. Sobota in 1950 and introducing the enormously popular Citation Collection in 1954, Century established its reputation as a leader in stylishly designed high-quality furniture. Sobota had furniture in his blood — after graduating from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he worked for his uncle Karl Schmidt, who was at the time a well-known furniture designer for Berkey and Gay and other makers in the Grand Rapids area, then known as America’s furniture capital. Sobota soon launched his own studio, designing furniture as a freelancer for various local manufacturers. Shuford found him by happenstance, journeying to Michigan’s second-largest city to offer a job to another designer who turned him down but recommended Sobota instead.

Century’s Citation line — a sizable collection for the brand that spanned furnishings for the bedroom, dining room and more — is revered in the world of mid-century modern furniture collectors. The pieces sold very well during the 1950s, and the line is an oft-cited success story for Sobota, who would go on to win awards for his work and whose own catalogue of designs for the brand is massive.

In his 40-year career at Century, until he retired in 1995, he designed well over 100 furniture lines. Sobota’s nightstands, cabinets, side tables and more are characterized by his interest in Asian design, distinctly and brilliantly expressed in his Hollywood Regency–style Chin Hua line, which debuted during the 1970s. With its geometrically decorative brass drawer pulls and door handles as well as dining-chair seat-back carvings — all inspired by Asian motifs — this collection has rendered vintage pieces that saw Century’s craftsmen working with alluring ebonized walnut and more, some of the company’s most sought-after work today.

Also in the 1970s as well as in the 1980s, Manhattan interior designer Jay Spectre introduced an Art Deco–informed spirit at Century Furniture, creating oversize, inviting lounge chairs and bentwood benches that featured plush tufted leather cushions. Spectre’s Eclipse collection was at one point among the largest-selling lines for the brand.

Century licensed collections with celebrity interior designers such as Thomas O’Brien, Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams among others. In 2013, when Alex Shuford III was named president of Century Furniture, the move marked the succession of the third generation to lead this company, which is today one of the world’s largest privately held manufacturers of high-end furniture.

Find Hollywood Regency–style lounge and dining chairs as well as vintage mid-century modern wardrobe credenzas, dressers and more from Century Furniture on 1stDibs.

Rich Leather and Walnut Swivel Desk Chair
By Century Furniture
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A comfortable compact carved walnut and cordovan leather swivel desk chair having curved shape, cabriole legs and nailhead detailing. Seat 20” D x 19.5” H Arm 26.25” H.
Category

1990s North American Century Furniture

Materials

Leather, Walnut

  • Rich Leather and Walnut Swivel Desk Chair
  • Rich Leather and Walnut Swivel Desk Chair
  • Rich Leather and Walnut Swivel Desk Chair
  • Rich Leather and Walnut Swivel Desk Chair
H 41.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 27 in.
Vintage Burl Wood Century Furniture Dining Table
By Century Furniture
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic midcentury burl wood dining table. Made by the iconic Century Furniture incredible wood grain detail. Two leaves makes it perfect for extra large groups. Acquired from a Pa...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

Materials

Wood

Burnt Orange Wide Wale Brushed Corduroy Tub Barrel Chair Schuford for Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous burnt orange wide wale brushed corduroy tub or barrel chair by Shuford Furniture a division of Century Furniture. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage a...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pair of Chinese Chippendale Style Faux Bamboo Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Chippendale style distressed finish faux bamboo armchairs. Made by Century Furniture in North Carolina. Clean upholstery. Second pair available. Priced per pair.
Category

Late 20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Century Furniture Mid Century Walnut Sideboard Buffet Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture mid century walnut sideboard buffet credenza Credenza measures: 62 wide x 19.75 deep x 32.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call rest...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Chinese Chippendale Style Faux Bamboo Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Chippendale style distressed finish faux bamboo armchairs. Made by Century Furniture in North Carolina. Clean upholstery. Second pair available. Priced per pair.
Category

Late 20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Vintage Art Deco 12-Drawer Dresser by Century Furniture Co.
By Century Furniture
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Vintage 12-drawer dresser by Century Furniture Company features art deco style detailing and brass hardware. Heavy, solid construction. Good vintage condition with small abrasions to...
Category

1980s American Art Deco Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pr. Chinese Modern Ox Bow Chairs in Faux Jade Finish by Century Furniture
By James Mont, Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pure voguish style pair of chairs in the Chinese, or Asia Modern style - executed in an unusual Jade faux finish. Both are in very good, original clean and ready to use condition - b...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

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Century Furniture Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Century Furniture furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Century Furniture collection to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 101 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Century Furniture's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider Furniture by Design Institute America, Ward Bennett and Maurizio Tempestini if you’re looking for additional options. Century Furniture Furniture prices can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $795 and tops out at $18,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,550 on average.