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Australian-run Luxmy Furniture, a contract furniture manufacturer specialising in workstation tops and commercial joinery, has recently acquired Woodmark Australia.



February 20th, 2014

Founded by Arne Christiansen in 1986 as an importer of upholstered furniture, Woodmark offers one of the largest and diverse collections of Australian designed furniture. And after purchasing Woodmark Australia late last year, Luxmy Furniture now increases its capabilities as an upholstery and furniture contractor, adding to its already esteemed reputation to provide great, intuitive design.

Luxmy Furniture was founded in 1997 by Sudhindra Rao (better known as Rao in the furniture industry), and is now also run by his daughters Priyanka and Pooja Rao. Their core market has always been custom timber worktops and joinery manufacturing for the commercial furniture market, with additional divisions in commercial joinery fitouts and wholesale flat pack products for consumer retailers. Now they have expanded their expertise to bring a new approach to the market. Woodmark Australia will now operate from Luxmy Furniture’s factory in Punchbowl. The combine headcount is 53 staff, making Luxmy Furniture one of the largest contract furniture manufacturers in Australia.

‘Ellington’ armchair and sofa, ‘CP1’ coffee table and the ‘Tangram’ cushion

In 1994 Woodmark most notably collaborated with furniture designer Charles Wilson to develop his ‘CW1 Swivel Chair’, and started what has now become Woodmark’s established reputation of taking new designs and developing them ready-made for the market. With an enviable reputation as an innovative and reliable manufacturer that provides the highest in quality and design standards, the history and prowess of this company will complement perfectly the Luxmy approach.

‘POP’ bar stools and chair range

This new collaboration is sure to insert unique and innovative products into the market, with projects including Charles Wilson, Matthew Sheargold, Kiwi designer Sam Haughton and Danish Designer Niels Gammelgaard  already underway, along with a new table range designed by the in-house R&D team.

‘Fortuna’ chair range

And their first release ‘Fortuna & POP’ chairs designed by Danish Designer Niels Gammelgaard, already speaks to the intuitive design this new venture will bring. With multiple options for the seat and base, this new chair range allows you to essentially ‘design your own’, turning the end user into the ultimate designer.

Hero Image: Sudhindra Rao with daughter Priyanka Rao

Woodmark Australia

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