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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.

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Raymond Sobota Chin Hua Nightstands for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in Pasadena, TX
Raymond Karl Sobota Chin Hua nightstands for Century Furniture Raymond Karl Sobota (1914-2010) is an award-winning American furniture designer. He attended and obtained his degre...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

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62" Chin Hua Dining Table by Raymond Sobota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Late 20th Century North American Chinoiserie Century Furniture

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Chin Hua Display Cabinet by Raymond Sobota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

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Chin Hua Dresser Credenza by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Brass, Wood

Pair of Century Furniture Chin Hua Nightstands
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Wood

Burl Writing Desk by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Petite Burl writing desk by Century Furniture Diminutive burl writing desk. One drawer with bronze pulls. Perfect for study or bedroom.  
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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93" Black Lacquered Chin Hua Headboard by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture

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Lacquer

Chippendale Secretary Desk by Century Furniture for British National Trust
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
A stunning large scale secretary desk created by Century Furniture for the British National Trust Foundation in the late 20th century. This was a special collection recreating key pi...
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1980s North American Chippendale Vintage Century Furniture

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Pair of Ebonized Chin Hua Mid-Century Nightstands by Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1960s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture

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1960 Vintage Century Chin Hua Burl Headboard
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1970s North American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture

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Century Chin Hua Asian Hollywood Regency Dresser
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
China dresser by Century Furniture Chin Hua line. Bronze motif hardware adorns this late Asian themed Modern into Hollywood Regency style design. Dresser is made from Ash burl and eb...
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Vintage Mid-Century Chin Hua Bookcase
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Mid-Century Chin Hua bookcase. Burled ash construction with ebonized maple trim and bronze hardware. The bookshelf has four wooden shelves, three of them removable an...
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture

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  • Vintage Mid-Century Chin Hua Bookcase
  • Vintage Mid-Century Chin Hua Bookcase
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  • Vintage Mid-Century Chin Hua Bookcase
H 84 in. W 35 in. D 18 in.
Vintage Chin Hua Asian Hollywood Regency Credenza for Century Furniture
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Located in Pasadena, TX
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Pair Of Century Furniture Chin Hua Side Tables
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of Asian motif side tables from the Chin Hua line by Century Furniture. Burled ash construction with ebonized maple trim and bronze hardware.
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1970s American Vintage Century Furniture

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Century Chin Hua An Queen Asian Hollywood Regency Headboard
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Pair Of White Lacquered Century End Tables
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Midcentury Chin Hua Burl Coffee Table by Century Furniture Co.
By Century Furniture
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Century Furniture Asian Motif Nightstands
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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  • Century Furniture Asian Motif Nightstands
  • Century Furniture Asian Motif Nightstands
  • Century Furniture Asian Motif Nightstands
H 25.25 in. W 25 in. D 16 in.
Century Furniture Chin Hua Dresser
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
An Asian motif dresser made by Century Furniture and part of their Chin Hua line. Ash burl construction with ebonized maple edges and bronze hardware.
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1970s American Vintage Century Furniture

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  • Century Furniture Chin Hua Dresser
  • Century Furniture Chin Hua Dresser
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H 32 in. W 62 in. D 19 in.