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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Showroom Makeover- Updating Century in the Boston Design Center

Out with the Old, in with the New!

Our Boston Showroom has recently undergone a stunning transformation. We have completely remodeled the showroom with help from our incredible team. We have introduced beautiful, new product that is absolutely breathtaking and showcases the best of what Century has to offer. From Charlotte Moss to Thomas O'Brien, the product reflects all of Century's style categories as well as price points. 

So, if you are in the area, take some time this week and visit us at our newly remodeled showroom. We promise you won't be disappointed!
 
One Design Center Place, Suite 447. Boston, MA


Here’s a Sneak Peek!





Friday, February 24, 2017

Meet the Contributors

Family owned since 1947, Century Furniture has created finely crafted, luxury furniture with impeccable design and quality. Striving to be the best furniture company in the world, Century has built a team, that we consider one big family and encompasses our company’s values, culture and makes us who we are today.

But, who are the people that make this company so unique?


Alex Shuford III, CEO
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: Ceramic Black Sheep
Never Leave Home Without: My Moleskin notebook and iPad with shortcut to "Century's Designer Studio" website
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Scooby Doo
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Steve Jobs
Book You Would Like to Read: Guns, Germs, & Steel
Favorite Pizza Topping: Sausage
Why You Love Century: Century's culture of "can do" and "treat people well" along with a history of producing furniture people can love.




Jay Paschall, President
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: A NC State Wolfpack hung by police tape. It was done by one of my "coworker friends" here in the office who is not a Wolfpack's fan.
Never Leave Home Without: My Grandfather's Hamilton watch. It was given to him for his 25th work anniversary (he was an engineer at a furniture manufacturer) and it is a year older than I am.
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Andy Griffith
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Cary Grant- funny, charming-I love old Hollywood movies and ones with him are the best.
Book You Would Like to Read: I read a lot of stuff, but I'm not much on books. However, Dr. Suess is my favorite author- I used to beg our children to let me read his books when we were little.
Favorite Pizza Topping: Pepperoni- hey, I like the classics...
Why You Love Century: The fact that we are a furniture company that is owned and operated by furniture people that make furniture decisions- an amazingly rare thing today. I am grateful to be apart of the family!


Ron Fiore, Vice President Creative Director
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: My office is boring, probably me
Never Leave Home Without: Yankees Baseball Cap
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: The Three Stooges
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Cy Twombly
Book You Would Like to Read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy
Favorite Pizza Topping: Prusciutto de Parma
Why You Love Century: I really like the people and the history.

Guy Holebrook, VP Sales
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: When Rock House Farm's COO (Kevin Boyle) is visiting my office, he is by far the most unusual thing. Beyond Mr. Boyle, my office has a window in it, which is incredibly rare in factory offices.
Never Leave Home Without: Telling my wife and two sons I love them.
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Magnum PI (Tom Selleck was my hero).
Android or iPhone: I'm an iPhone user but respect the Google products. It's easy to integrate across platforms with an iPad and an iPhone.
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: My Dad...not a historical figure to most people, but the one I miss and would value the most.
Book You Would Like to Read: A new, unpublished Pat Conroy novel.
Favorite Pizza Topping: I'm a carnivore....meats, please...all of them! 
Why You Love Century: Century is a unique place with such a broad and deep offering of furniture and styling. However, there are common threads that bind the company together as a whole. One main thread is to always do the right thing for the customer...we simply refer to it as doing things "The Century Way". I love that promise and responsibility. The people of Century are the difference. I've never seen a more knowledgeable and passionate team in the furniture industry. 

Comer Shuford Wear, VP Marketing
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: Hourglass. It was given to me by a friend and always reminds me how quickly time passes.
Never Leave Home Without: Coffee. With three young children, it is a must!
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Smurfs. Was always surprised there was only one girl smurf.
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Mother Theresa or the Dalai Lama
Book You Would Like to Read: My brother took mine, so I'll say Jared Diamond's other book, Collapse :)
Favorite Pizza Topping: Sundried tomatoes
Why You Love Century: The people. The fact that there are individuals here that remember my grandfather and have watched the company grow and change through the years makes it special. We always say that Century is one large family and it's really true.

John Welker, National Director of Trade Showrooms
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: My office is the showroom (A Fountain)
Never Leave Home Without: Toothbrush/Toothpaste
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Lost in Space
Android or iPhone: iPhone of course!
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Hamilton
Book You Would Like to Read: The Secret
Favorite Pizza Topping: Roasted Red Peppers
Why You Love Century: I love the fact that regardless of your title at Century, we all do whatever it takes to get the job done. It really does take the entire village!

Haynes King, Director of Century Outdoor
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: Fishing Lear
Never Leave Home Without: Wallet, Keys, Cell Phone
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Saved by the Bell
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Thomas Jefferson
Book You Would Like to Read: One Hundred Years of Solitude has been sitting on my bedside table for a year
Favorite Pizza Topping: Pepperoni 
Why You Love Century: No 2 days are the same
  


Chad Phillips, Manager of Casegoods
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: A floating pen
Never Leave Home Without: Yeti full of coffee
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Saved by the Bell
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Leonardo da Vinci
Book You Would Like to Read: Dark Money
Favorite Pizza Topping: Pineapple
Why You Love Century: The people

Jessica King, Interior Designer
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: Paint can that serves as a doorstop. (It was there before me.)
Never Leave Home Without: Y Burt's Bees Chapstick. I have one in my handbag and probably 3 locations in the house.
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: Full House
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Julia Child
Book You Would Like to Read: The Art of Eating by M.K. Fischer
Favorite Pizza Topping: Pineapple
Why You Love Century: The People

Ben Ragland, Showroom Design Manager
The Most Unusual Thing in Your Office: My office walls that I specifically had to have painted pink
Never Leave Home Without: Making my bed, ever!
Favorite TV Show Growing Up: I Love Lucy
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Historical Figure You Would Like to Have Coffee With: Betty White, lol!
Book You Would Like to Read: I’m not a reader, I get bored with it too quickly.
Favorite Pizza Topping: I like it all, but it’s not pizza without the cheese.
Why You Love Century: I love Century because it is an over all great company to work for. People that work for Century have worked for them for years and end up retiring from, people just do not leave. It is a wonderful family that owns it and has for 70 years. The Shufords think of their employees as family and for that itself speaks volumes to me. Century produces some of the best made and made locally furniture out there. Well-known name and beautiful product! 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Welcome to Details by Century

As Century breaks ground on our new showroom in High Point, what better way to share this exciting change than through a blog. It is no coincidence that this blog is being created during Century’s time of transformation, growth, and excitement. There is no better way to share our story.



Workers on site to break ground on our new
High Point Showroom space which will be located at 200 Steele.

When people think of furniture, they think of the pristine, finished pieces they see in magazines, retail stores, showrooms, or while cruising furniture market. Most of us do not see past the finished product and do not even entertain what it takes to get to that point. There is little comprehension about what it takes to design and make furniture or how much passion and narrative is involved in each and every piece.  We want to change that.

We know that every piece of furniture we make is going into someone’s home, to live amongst those they hold closest to their hearts.  Home is very personal, and we take the art of making furniture personally.  We want our customers to know the true romance of making their furniture. The untold story of manufacturing furniture, the art of making, creating and designing, is the drive for the creation of this blog, Details by Century.

Because each one of our team members shares the same passion and love for furniture, all members of the Century team will bring their expertise and knowledge to this blog. Our interior designers, experts on casegoods and outdoors, even our CEO will be involved. After all, Century is one big family. 

From our factory to furniture market, to design 101 and designer features, we want to give you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to make truly custom hand crafted furniture, what goes into the Details.

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