Friday, September 4, 2020

The Art of Home Work

Jenna Desk 

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer.  For so many it has always meant that school is starting and backpacks and lunchboxes would make their way back to the counters.  This year looks very different for both students and those of us who normally work in offices, but regardless of whether you are working at home or not, it is true that we all need a space to sit down and take care of the details of our daily lives. From bills to thank you notes, zoom calls to all night creative sessions, the space you use to work at home is important.

Illusion Desk by Windsor Smith for Century

The concept of working from home is not new, it is just that now more of us find ourselves doing it full time. Having a desk, not a dining table or a bar stool at the counter, creates a separate space and gives structure to your home office.  We want you to reimagine what a home office can look like. Functional doesn’t have to mean big brown heavy office furniture. We can get a lot done on a clean surface with a couple of drawers.

Hallings Secretary by Thomas O'Brien for Century

So go ahead, indulge. Whether your work is full time or an hour here and there, there is an art to the work we achieve at home. Afterall, your home work should be beautiful.


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Our Home Work Folio is meant to inspire you. Many of our desks are in stock and available to ship immediately.  To download a copy of our Art of Home Work folio, please click the image below, or visit us at centuryfurniture.com.  

Friday, August 28, 2020

Sail- A New Outdoor Collection Designed by Allison Paladino for Century


Century's new Sail collection, designed by Allison Paladino was influenced by Paladino’s love of sailing and the crisp, clean white sails set against blue sky.  The collection bridges the gap between modern and traditional with a hint of classical lines but a clean, sophisticated approach.


"I designed this collection because as a designer I could not find anything like this for my own projects. Outdoor collections these days seem to be either very boxy modern or too traditional and ornate,” says Paladino. “I wanted to create clean lines that would be very simple, soft and easy to use in all kinds of settings from more modern to traditional projects, pieces that I would want both for myself and my clients.”

The designs are materialized in a white powder coated aluminum and upholstery with the occasional tables featuring back painted white tempered glass tops. The collection consists of a sofa, lounge chairs with matching ottomans, occasional and cocktail tables as well as a square and rectangular dining table with dining arm and side chairs allowing the pieces to work in both smaller areas or pulled together to create a larger outdoor scape. The deep seating frames feature substantial cushions with a more plush sit than typical outdoor frames, and utilize Century’s Driluxe cores.
D46-22 Sail Sofa

D46-52 Sail Dining Arm Chair

D46-70 Sail Armless Chaise

D46-83 Sail Round Side Table
D46-84 Sail Square Side Table


D46-86 Sail Chat Round Cocktail Table

D46-87 Sail Console Table

D46-91 Sail Rectangular Dining Table




Highlights from Sail:

  • Sail is part of a larger collection of dining and lounge furniture for indoor/outdoor use in creating the perfect resort-at-home or resort/restaurant/spa environment
  • Frames are made using durable, earth-friendly and recyclable powder-coated extruded aluminum.
  • Century's innovative Driluxe cushions on all seating constructed with a water repellent cover surrounding a high-resiliency foam core wrapped with 100% polyester fiber that is compliant with CAL117 flame retardant standards.
  • 100% solution-dyed acrylic performance fabrics with proven durability, soft touch, stain resistant, easy care, UV- and fade-resistant qualities that have achieved Greenguard Gold Certification status for contributing to healthy indoor air as a product with low chemical and particle emission.
  • Built to withstand the rigors of full-time exposure with limited maintenance for indoor/outdoor use.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Great South Bay- A New Collection by Thomas O'Brien for Century

Great South Bay Collection

A house by the water. The idea conjures so many different destinations, but always the same sense of beauty and nature with a view. A retreat where we go to find the sun. A place for family over the generations. The sea, the lake, the islands, have always been desired locations, spots to dream of for both first and second homes. 

Coastal living has a graceful ease that I’ve long been drawn to. And there’s a warmth to the beach house that finds its way to homes of all kinds, from the mountains to the city, west to east. I like the mood of airy, open rooms with generous, simple furniture and a spirit of indoor-outdoor living. I see this in many of the locations I visit and work in. And I’m often asked to create houses with this sensibility. 

So, I started thinking about making a collection of furniture to serve this dreamed-of house by the water, in all its forms.


Furling Dining Table AE9-307
The GREAT SOUTH BAY Collection is a tribute to the relaxed elegance of coastal living everywhere. The pieces are inspired by my own travels and collecting around the world, bringing together the influences of so many favorite seaside places—the romantic cliffside beach towns of the Mediterranean; the rustic naturalism of Northern California; the eternal summer hospitality of the Gulf coast; the magic of Anglo-Indian design across the Caribbean and Asia; the all-seasons craftsmanship of maritime England and New England. I’ve added modern and French pieces that have a new home today at the beach, and that capture young, chic beach style in the city. And, I’ve returned to the world of my own home and gardens on Long Island, located on the Great South Bay that gives the collection its name. 

Voyager Bed AE9-108K

The furniture is ready to mix as well as traditionally match in design groups across whole houses. There’s a subtle simplicity that connects all the thematic ideas, all very outfitted and easy. The collection is centered around essential beach house materials in custom finishes—wicker and cane, wood, and a special, unique new variation of pressed bamboo, all applied in refined and often intricate ways. But there’s also wonderful upholstery and as always, families of case goods, tables, beds, and chairs that have been developed with great care by the talented team at Century. 



 Aquila Bar Stool

 Antibes Bar Stool AE-5272B


 Antibes Chair





 Marengo Secretary AEA-786

 Tom Tom Etagere

 Kiftis Chest AE9-705


 Dunkirk Upholstery Series


I’m so happy to share this collection with you. I hope the furniture reflects some of the effortless soul of the new beach house and brings that feeling to your home.  -Thomas O'Brien



To explore more pieces from Great South Bay, please visit our website at centuryfurniture.com.





Thursday, July 2, 2020

Celebrating America and Our Associates


As we enjoy the July 4th holiday, and celebrate the veterans and heros who have served our country throughout America's history, I would also like to take a second and honor our employees and craftspeople who have helped us continue the legacy of Century Furniture through the years.  

2020 Years of Service Luncheon- Associates with 25 Years of Service or more
Century was created in 1947 by my grandfather, Harley F. Shuford. A young, enterprising, entrepreneur, Harley never meet a challenge he could not work himself through. After the WWII, he knew that with sweat, blood and tears, good old fashioned hutzpah but more importantly a strong team and family beside him, he could make a go at making furniture here in Hickory, North Carolina.  His quote was, "We strive to create furniture of such impeccable quality that it brings joy not only to the people who own it, but also to the craftspeople who build it."  He was always focused on and dedicated to the people he surrounded himself with, his family, his friends, his community, and very much so the people who worked for and with him. To this day, some of our longest tenured associates who knew my grandfather will tell me how Harley would always shake every person's hand and thank them personally whenever he could. 

73 years after he created it, we continue to work hard with over 800 associates to make beautiful furniture for customers the world over.  We could not do it without our team and family of craftspeople and associates. Their dedication and commitment to craft, to customer service, to each other and to Century leaves me speechless and humbled everyday I go to work. 

So to past associates who have retired through the years and to the team that is currently carrying the torch with us, we thank you.  Not a day goes by that we are not grateful for you and what you do.