The Century House

Welcome.  Everyone here at The Century House is excited to present this glimpse at inspirational interiors in which to work, live, and play.

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The Century House
3029 University Ave
Madison WI 50705

Monday – Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-5

608 233 4488

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What began as a custom ceramics studio in 1948, The Century House now stands as a Madison landmark to art and design. From humble beginnings, the business has evolved into a full line furniture and accessories store, where clean modern design is the norm.

Today, the original studio in an 1850’s sandstone building, houses our dramatic collection of gifts and accessories from around the world. Just next door, our furniture showroom beckons, where our modern, Scandinavian aesthetic shines. A third building across the street offers a further extension of our vision; the latest in contemporary furnishings for home & office with beauty and design for every space. These three space combines represent our vision for blending design and the modern lifestyle. You can see more of that vision at our newly updated website where you can find even more inspiration and products available to be shipped anywhere. Browse, create a collection and dream, that is all part of the fun in creating your space.

A wooden flaoting bed frame and industrial walls provide a strong contrast in materials
Black and white modern design with clean, straight lines and a glass top desk
White chairs and a neutral table makes this bright and colorful art stand out
Black leather couches overseen by an open bookcase

Contemporary Home

To help you along in your design process, we have collected some of the best piece of furniture and design tips and tricks into our annual magazine, available in our showroom and here in digital format. Consider it a stepping stone to designing your perfect space. Welcome to Contemporary Home!

View our magazine >


Congratulations Amy R. for winning our 70 Years of Stories contest for the month of July! Her inspiring story accompanies this photo and is included below. 🙂👇

You can win a $250 Gift Card to The Century House when you submit your story this month! Visit for all of the details!

Amy's Story:
"I have a hard time sitting still. Even in my ‘golden years’ in the Golden State of California, there is always something on my to-do list, to keep my life running smoothly and my little house and garden in fine order.

But my problem has been (partially) solved, thanks to the Fermob Plein Air and Latitude chairs I purchased from Century House. The chairs surround the Fermob Bistro table in my back yard, and they have been instrumental in coaxing me off my feet.

Recently I learned about the Swedish custom of “fika”: taking a break, usually with coffee and a snack. So I’ve decided to learn from the sensible Swedes by weaving a fika into my daily routine. I’ve come to call it my “Fermob Fika” and, without it, I might have missed the ruby-throated hummingbird that is a daily visitor to my garden.

Each morning, I use a different handmade coffee mug that I have collected when traveling. I like to say “my mugs are my memories”; using them always reminds me of the experiences I had in the place where they were purchased.

But my table and chairs are not limited to coffee breaks! As shown in the photos, they also welcome dessert and wine parties (in this case, a homemade peach/plum cobbler, which was still cooling in the kitchen, served with a local winery’s peach-infused dessert wine). Yummy!

I am confident that my next Century House purchase – a Stressless “Air” sofa from Ekornes - will ensure that I - alone or with family and friends - will enjoy many fikas indoors.

I hope you have enjoyed my story. From the western edge of the Century House’s continental community, I send my warmest greetings and thanks for your friendly, top-notch customer service and beautiful selection of furnishings that help turn your customers’ houses into homes."

#70yearsofthecenturyhouse #fermob #fika
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Only 1 more week left to save during the Gus Summer Sale! 😮 Save 20% on this cozy Jane Bi-Sectional from Gus and all other Gus upholstered furniture! 😍

Stop by our store or visit our website before it's too late!

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We're about to enter the last week of the Gus Summer Sale!

You can save 20% on all Gus upholstered furniture - sofas, sectionals, chairs beds & ottomans! 😍

➡️ Stop into our store or visit our website to shop:
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#cabinetgoals \\ We love this rich mixture of Arabia & Marimekko Mugs posted by @designsandberg. Mugs are so much fun when you have a variety. 😊☕

#arabia #iittala #monamie #marimekko #marimekkomugs #whiteandbluechina #finnishdesign
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'The Master of the Chair' || Hans J. Wegner, the man in the photo, earned this unofficial title due to the fact that he designed over 500 chairs during his lifetime.

More than 100 of his chairs have been put into mass production and many of Wegner's chairs have become design icons.

Below, see some of our favorite Wegner chairs which are currently in production and available at The Century House.

#hansjwegner #designicons #danishdesign
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This adorable bulldog looks quite comfortable on the Gus Spencer Sofa. 🐶 I think he's asking someone if he can take it home for future napping...and he LOVES a good deal...

Save 20% right now on the Spencer Sofa and more during the Gus Summer Sale! Shop now:
Thank you @fancywhitecat for sharing this photo of @lilbeefbigworld!
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