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.