ARDE design studio is a full-service industrial design office and workshop.

We work with leading brands to create great design – that makes a difference.



ARDE design studio has a unique holistic experience in the furniture industry.

We love design, furniture, art and architecture. Our design language is modern, fresh and cutting-edge.

We always try to move the visual and technical boundaries of design.

In our design process we consider the whole value chain behind a product to make design that will work from idea, to prototype, to production - to the final product being sold and used.

ARDE design studio delivers thought through, production ready design proposals. We do...

Art direction.

Analysis, benchmarking, idea creation and sketching.

Product information.

Complex 3D modelling and visualizations.

Production ready CAD drawings in Inventor.


To make great furniture design we believe that a "hands-on" approach is crucial. Our unique workshop facilities allows us to build and mature prototypes in-house, with high efficiency and speed.

Passionate, positive and with a “everything is possible” attitude, we shape the future.



 René Hougaard - Now working under the name ARDE

Architect and designer - Master degree in architecture and furniture design from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2003.

Design professional - Worked 3 years for Designit A/S

Entrepreneur - Build up and sold own furniture brand from 2003-2008

Retail experience - Worked five years as Collection Manager for BoConcept A/S 

Happy - In 2014 René decided to open ARDE design studio and is now working for a number of prominent companies.


Creative conscience

We care about the planet. In our everyday work, we make great efforts to create products that leave a minimal environmental footprint. This is our duty as designers and human beings.

Look forward and up

In our work we challenge the boundaries of design. We search for new needs and trends. We investigate how new and existing materials can be used and combined to create new directions. We explore new form languages and when needed we push the boundaries of manufacturing. In this creative state of mind we design products that transforms emerging human desires into immediate consumer decisions.

Realize and respond

The studio strives to understand the ever changing urbanized world we live in. We strive to meet our surroundings with an open mind to enable us to respond to changes in social and cultural behavior. The overleap between evolved user needs and industrial solutions is where great potential lies.

Designing desire

Great design needs to be beautiful. The perception of beauty relates to parameters like proportion, detail, contrast, simplicity, materiality and youthfulness. Based on experience and theoretical knowledge, we mix the ingredients to achieve the desirable.

Constructing value

Great design is constructed in a logical way. Simplicity creates value around products. We do our outmost to eliminate what’s unnecessary to identify the essential.


Great design is functional and has a purpose. Our work needs to improve everyday life. Sometimes innovation is minor, but still steps towards an improved user experience.