Though WOODMARK was founded in Australia in 1986, the company story began in 1968 in Denmark, when 19-year-old upholsterer Arne Norgaard Christiansen took a long trip to Australia. Little did he know the far-reaching effects this would have on his life or the Australian furniture industry.
Christiansen had already been trained in upholstery craft as well as carpet-laying and curtain-making skills. His experience in the industry exposed him to the fundamental sensibilities and quality of Danish Design.
In 1986, Christiansen set up his own company as a successful importer of upholstery furniture. However, with his broad experience, he knew he could produce higher quality Danish designs. WOODMARK changed its strategic platform from importing to manufacturing and became one of the first companies to manufacturer Danish-designed furniture under license in Australia and working with iconic names including Erik Jorgensen, Hansen & Sorensen and Fritz Hansen. During the period, WOODMARK won many orders including Westpac Bank, the New Parliament of Australia and the famed Sydney Opera House. WOODMARK has built a reputation for excellence in design and high-quality manufacturing.
Arne Christiansen has inherited the essence of Danish design and determines to produce furniture that lasts and will be passed onto the next generations.