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Century Furniture Credenzas

Known for its durable vintage 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 vintage 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 Century Furniture lounge chairs and dining chairs as well as vintage mid-century modern credenzas, dressers and more on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Century Furniture
1970’s Century Furniture Sideboard From Their Chin Hua Collection by Raymond Sob
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Hartville, OH
Beautiful piece from Century Furniture’s Raymond Sobota Designed Chin Hua Collection. One of the most recognizable pieces of vintage Chinoiserie Furniture...
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1970s North American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Lacquer

1970's Art Deco Burl Wood Floating Shelf Console by Jay Spectre for Century
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
Located in Hartville, OH
Extraordinary and Incredibly Rare Art Deco Burled Console by Jay Spectre for Century Furniture. Floating Glass Shelves under Cantilevered upper drawers....
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1970s North American Art Deco Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Wood

1990s Century Furniture "Silk Road" Sideboard
By Century Furniture
Located in Hartville, OH
Legendary Century Furniture "Silk Road" collection Gilt Lacquered sideboard with two doors, stone top, 38" H x 67 1/2" W x 21 3/4" L. Beautiful piece. This is a taller piece 38" rare...
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1990s American Art Nouveau Century Furniture Credenzas

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Wood

Century Furniture Mid Century Burlwood and Brass Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Mid Century Burlwood and Brass Credenza This credenza measures: 58.5 wide x 18 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored v...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Century Furniture Four Door Parquet Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in West Chester, PA
Century Furniture four door credenza with parquet door fronts. The left doors contain three pocket drawers while the right doors have cabinet space with ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Wood

Oscar de la Renta Chinese Credenza for Century
By Oscar De La Renta, Century Furniture
Located in Hanover, MA
BG GALLERIES END OF YEAR SALE Oscar de la Renta (22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014) designed four door cabinet for Century Furniture model 609-403 'Chin...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Hardwood

Century Furniture Walnut Buffet Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Walnut Buffet Credenza This credenza measures: 73 wide x 23 deep x 42 inches high This credenza is in Great Vintage Condition with some scratching on top, min...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Metal

Raymond Sobota for Century Hollywood Regency Burl Wood Credenza, Refinished
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture, "Chin Hua" Collection USA, circa 197...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Burl Wood Black Ebonized Border 9 Drawers Long Dresser Credenza Brass Pulls Mint
By Century Furniture, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Burl Wood Black Ebonized Border 9 drawers long dresser credenza brass pulls mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Century Furniture French Provincial Walnut Sideboard Credenza or Bar Cabinet
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial tall sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Century Furniture USA, late 20th century Carved walnut, wit...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Century Credenza, Light Wood Finish
By Century Furniture
Located in Stamford, CT
Light wood century furniture credenza, sideboard or buffet.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Wood

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Century Furniture credenzas for sale on 1stDibs.

Century Furniture credenzas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Century Furniture credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original credenzas by Century Furniture were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by William Doezema, Glenn of California, and Kipp Stewart. Prices for Century Furniture credenzas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,495 and can go as high as $9,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,895.
Questions About Century Furniture Credenzas
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Century Furniture still exists. The brand operates from its corporate headquarters located in Hickory, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1947, and RHF Investments, Inc., acquired the company in 2013. You'll find a range of Century Furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A variety of furniture was used during the 16th century. Items commonly found in homes include high-backed armchairs, chests, stools, benches and cupboards. Most European artisans active during the time period produced pieces out of oak wood. Find a large collection of antique furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.

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