Skip to main content

Century Furniture

CENTURY FURNITURE (UNITED STATES)

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.

Applied Filters2 results
Creator:Century Furniture
Dealer:MICHAEL HEROLD
2
to
Item Location
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
2
2
13
5
4
2
2
Hollywood Regency Pouf Ottoman Skirted Column Stools, Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of upholstered skirted Hollywood regency style pouf ottomans. Features original regal and stately multicolored fabric with sculptural fluted Greek Roman pillar columns. Elegant ...
Category

20th Century Hollywood Regency Century Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

James Mont Style Malachite Lacquer Lounge Chairs by Century
By James Mont, Tony Duquette, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of Hollywood Regency Century Furniture lounge accent armchairs in the style of James Mont. Black lacquered wood frames with brass accents. Cushions newly upholstered in malachit...
Category

1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Related Items
Mid-Century Hollywood Regency Style Greek Key Accent Chair or Bench, 1940s
By Grosfeld House
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1940s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brown Jordan Nomad Ottomans Folding Campaign Style, 1970s
By Brown Jordan
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Metal

Monumental Chapman Hollywood Regency Sculptural Lamps
By Chapman Manufacturing Company, Dorothy Draper, Tony Duquette
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1950s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Gesso, Wood

Hollywood Regency Waterfall Lucite Mirrored Vanity
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Chrome, Lucite, Wood

Sculptural Hollywood Regency Style Draped Rope Occasional Tables or Stools
By Alberto Pinto, John Dickinson, Nobilis
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Plaster, Wood

Hollywood Regency Serge Roche Style Palm Foliate Mirror
By Syroco
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1940s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Hollywood Regency Sculptural Two-Tier Round Swiveling Coffee Table
By James Mont
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1980s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Wood

Hollywood Regency Tall Yellow Ceramic Glazed Table Lamps, Pair
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1950s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Metal

Dorothy Draper Espana Style Hollywood Regency Tall Chest of Drawers
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1960s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass, Glass, Wood

Foo Dog Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Brass Lamp, James Mont Style
By James Mont
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1950s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Serge Roche Style Hollywood Regency Chapman Plaster Sculptural Lamps, 1950s
By Chapman Manufacturing Company, Dorothy Draper, Serge Roche
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1950s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass, Plaster

Hollywood Regency Style Sculptural Plaster Floral Bird Table Lamp, 1970s
By Pieri Plaster
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Category

1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Plaster

Previously Available Items
Geometric Occasional Table by Jay Spectre
By Jay Spectre, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Solid oak sculptural side table by Jay Spectre for Century Furniture. Hexagon shape with two open sides. Can be used as a small cocktail coffee table. Coordinating Eclipse lounge cha...
Category

1980s Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Wood, Oak

  • Geometric Occasional Table by Jay Spectre
  • Geometric Occasional Table by Jay Spectre
  • Geometric Occasional Table by Jay Spectre
  • Geometric Occasional Table by Jay Spectre
H 17.25 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Jay Spectre "Eclipse" Cerused Oak Leather Lounge Chair
By Jay Spectre, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jay Spectre "Eclipse" leather club chair for century furniture. Featuring original channeled leather cushion back and seat with cerused oak and tubular chrome frame. Arm Height: 24...
Category

1980s Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Hollywood Regency James Mont Style Lacquer Lounge Armchair by Century
By James Mont, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Hollywood Regency style lounge accent chair by Century Furniture. This James Mont style armchair features a gloss black lacquer wood frame with brass hardware accents. Cushion is new...
Category

1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

James Mont Style Malachite Lounge Chairs
By James Mont, Tony Duquette, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of Hollywood Regency lounge arm chairs in the style of James Mont. Black lacquer wood frames with brass accents. Cushions newly upholstered in malachite printed fabric by Tony...
Category

1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

James Mont Style Lounge Chair by Century
By James Mont, Century Furniture
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Hollywood Regency lounge armchair by Century Furniture in the style of James Mont. Black lacquer wood frame with brass accents. Original upholstery.
Category

1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass