Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Sneak Peak of High Point Spring 2017

Fabrics, Leathers, and Textures! Oh My!

As the Spring High Point Market is quickly approaching, our creative team has been busy finding the perfect pieces of fabric for our new, spectacular pieces of furniture.

Walking into the "think tank", a meeting room in the Hickory office's where all our designer's creative juices flow, your eyes immediately dart to a long table filled with endless amounts of fabrics, textures, and inspiration. These incredibly, unique pieces of fabric begin to take you on a journey.

Our Sales Team meeting with the Creative Team in February to learn about our new fabrics and trends for Spring

The artfully packed table starts with "Subtle Romance Meets Relaxed Refinement" an "Freshly Focused", in an effort to find the perfect balance between both worlds. A lot of sea glass, soft gray, neutral, taupe, and pale green tones that evoke tranquility and calmness. The softer finishes, soft brass, and silver start to feel romantic and natural. After traveling to California, Ron was inspired by the tranquil color palette while strolling in and out of stores and restaurants.

"Subtle Romance meets Relaxed Refinement" & "Freshly Focused"

Cast your eye to the next section of the table and you will start to feel "Tranquil" by the soft lavender colors and undertones, creams, whites, and touches of deep-purple grey. It's a continuation of the relaxed refinement, but this is tranquil due to the painted finishes, metals, and glass. This emerging trend has a luxe quality to it.


"Bright and Balanced" will have you feeling happy and a smile will appear on your face. The colors are brighter and more intense than ever before, but still lend themselves to a coastal vibe. Your mind suddenly takes you to a Lilly Pulitzer store encompassing bright fuchsias, oranges, and lime green colors. These are used more as an accent, fed into plain colors to create the balance. It's a punctuated color story.

"Bright and Balanced"

At the end of the table, you reach the final destination; the "bazaar". It features tribal and exotic designs that were inspired by world travel. Ron shares, "Travel keeps you honest". He feels these eye-catching fabrics create the feeling of being well-traveled. These type of fabrics go well mixed into a neutral palette.


From pieces on a table to the final presentation, we can not wait for High Point Spring Market and the opportunity to share our new introductions with you!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pauline Hartogh - Wetherly Interiors

Congratulations are in order for Pauline Hartogh, Wetherly Interiors. The interior design firm based in Jupiter, Florida won top National Honors in interior design at the January Gala dinner awards for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Best of American Living Awards (BALA) for one of her recent projects.

Pauline was kind enough to share with us her latest design project, "Fifty Shades of Grey". The beautiful 9,700 sq foot home is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. To look for inspiration, Hartogh went on an African safari with her clients to introduce them to the culture and raw elegance of African nature. The homeowners chuckle when they refer to their new home as "Fifty Shades of Grey", but the strong hues of grey in the home truly reflect their incredible journey to Africa.

Take a look at some of our favorite photos!

Century Taos Bench. Photo credit: David R. Randall

Century Grand Tour Console Table.  Photo credit: David R. Randall

Century's David Sofa, Allison Chair, Costa Chairs, Chairside Table and cocktail table. Photo Credit: David R. Randall

Century Allison Chair & Reversible Graphite Pillow. Photo Credit: David R. Randall

Century Costa Chairs and Metro Luxe Chairside Table with Marble Top. Photo credit: David R. Randall

Century "Made to Measure" Two Sofa, Allison Swivel Chairs, and Svelte Chairs face our Artefact Bunching Cocktail tables. Photo credit: David R. Randall
 Century 849-303 Dining Table with Stainless Steel Table Base & Luna Park Dining Chairs

Century Raf Chaise; Valence Metal Bench. Photo credit: David R. Randall

What started out as a trip to the African Savana turned into a elegant home with the spirit of Africa running through. We are delighted to see Century Furniture encompassed in such a beautiful home!

If you would like your Century design projects to be featured in one of our next blog posts, please share your photos on social media or send them to your sales representative. Remember to tag @Centuryfurniture and use the hashtag #centuryfurniture.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Valentine's Day CEU

On February 14th, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Century held back to back CEUs with our Vice President of Upholstery, Phil Brown and Outdoor Director, Haynes King. Yes, that's right. Century had two CEUs in one day! We decided there was no way to to celebrate our love for Century Furniture than on the most romantic day of the year.

From left to right: Becky Brun (Arizona Sales Rep), Phil Brown, Lisa Qunitalino, and Haynes King 
Phil sharing ideas with designers.

Various types of leather Phil shared with attendees.

After the CEU, designers had lunch and we didn't forget the most important part, dessert!

Century "Valentine's Day" themed gift bags.

Who doesn't love roses and chocolates on Valentine's Day?!

A big thank you to Phil Brown, Haynes King, Becky Brun, Lisa Quintalino, Sue Robisch, and Inside Out Showroom for making this such a 'love'ly day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Journey to China

In November our president, Jay Paschall, and Thomas O'Brien took off on a voyage to China to present Thomas' collection of furniture to our retail partners and designers there. After a "quick" 18 hour flight, Jay, Thomas, Thomas' partner Dan Fink made it to the Middle Kingdom where they explored the beautiful cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Chendu and presented to avid design fans in each city.

The main purpose of the trip was to share the Thomas O'Brien for Century Collection with customers in China. Thomas shared his story-from the creation of Aero Studios to his design projects with Ralph Lauren and Georgio Armani to the creation of his furniture collection with Century. Jay and Thomas were fortunate enough to have Robert Zhang, one of our sales representatives translate Thomas' presentation into Chinese, and they even had the chance for a Q&A session at the end of each presentation.

This was Thomas' first trip to China, therefore the obligatory tourist site seeing was a must! In addition to seeing the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, the group visited the Panda Park in Chengdu, rode a high-speed train from Shanghai to Nanjing (over 200 miles per hour), and ate some delicious, authentic Chinese food.

Jay, Dan, & Thomas at The Great Wall of China

Thomas and Dan at The Forbidden City

Jay and Thomas at C&U International Furniture Flagship Store

Jay and Thomas in front of the C&U Event Poster

C&U Presentation

Thomas, Dan, Robert Zhang, and Nikki of Antek on The Bund in Shanghai

Thomas and Dan sampling Chinese tea.

Thomas demonstrating floral arranging with customers at Weimei
Furniture Trading Co. Ltd. in Chendu

Group posing with floral arrangements.

It was a fantastic trip and experience for Jay, Thomas and Dan, and we hope our customers enjoyed the visit just as much as the Century team did.

Thank you China for being such gracious hosts and treating our Century team like royalty! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

"Design Embellisments" CEU Presentation with RJ Thomas LTD

In September, RJ Thomas LTD hosted the presentation "Design Embellishments" in the Michigan Design Center. Our Casegoods Manager, Chad Phillips, shared his experience presenting to trade members with us. He discussed a variety of topics including casegood construction, solid wood and veneers, finishing, waxing, striping, and ways one could embellish Century Furniture.

The CEU consisted of many hands-on demonstrations, which gave designers the opportunity to see the actual process behind applying gold leafs, dry-brushing, distressing techniques, and hand wax. Chad passed around samples of gold leaf, showing how delicate the leaf actually is and the difficulties that come with applying it.

Chad's favorite moment from the CEU was seeing the reaction of the attendees when they learned or saw something that they have never thought about or just simply did not know. It was exciting to see that the audience's eyes were captivated by raw veneer and its naturally, beautiful wood grains and colors. It's a different experience when you are able to see what goes into creating a unique and custom piece of furniture. There is no better way to explain it than to actually be able to touch and feel the various types of veneers and hand waxing options.

Thanks Chad for teaching such an important CEU and helping designers learn more about casegoods! Thank you to RJ Thomas LTD for hosting us and giving us the opportunity to present.