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Furnishing Idea is the portal dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, designed to bring together different professionals such as architects, designers, carpenters, furniture makers and manufacturers active in the furniture market who represent the reference point in terms of innovation and quality of the product offered. On the other hand, the portal aims to provide a valid information service focused on products, projects, events and fairs and everything that revolves around the world of components, semi-finished products and accessories for the furniture industry.


The portal is divided into different sections where you can explore the different products according to different categories, get in touch with manufacturers, download catalogues to keep up with industry trends and watch videos of interviews with the best professionals and manufacturers.


In the articles section you can find all the information about the most innovative product technologies, such as furniture materials, furniture accessories and systems, furniture machinery, furniture hardware, manufactured by manufacturers with a solid experience in the field. In the companies section there is an overview of the manufacturers registered on our portal, divided by product category, where you can contact us for any request. Our portal also has a special catalogues section to allow professionals and operators in the sector to view in a practical way all the catalogues relating to the various products (furniture hardware, upholstery materials, furniture paints, etc.). In addition, to allow easy consultation of the products, our portal has reserved a product section, organized by categories, where you can find out about the technical characteristics, materials and functionality of each product. The video section, on the other hand, presents numerous video interviews given by professionals and manufacturers that report news, insights and informative content on the best technologies in the sector.


In addition, to keep you constantly informed you can also consult our Journal section which contains all the Furnishing Idea magazines dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, such as the edition dedicated to Sicam or Interzum, two of the most important trade fairs in the sector. The magazines can be consulted from the portal or easily downloadable in pdf format.


Thanks to the trust placed in us by many manufacturers, our portal is now recognized both nationally and internationally. In fact, there are already many internationally recognized and established companies in the sector, including the AIPEF group (Italian Flexible Expanded Polyurethanes Companies) which promotes scientific information on the use of flexible polyurethane foam in the sectors in which it is used.

Antibacterial surfaces: Catas obtains ISO 22196: 2011 accreditation
Catas, the most important European testing and certification laboratory for the wood-furniture sector, since last year can boast the ISO 22196: 2011 "Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces" accreditation, to evaluate the antibacterial properties of surfaces, in more technical terms the properties of polymeric products to which antibacterial substances have been added.

This is a highly topical accreditation in recent years, born in 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and a very strong concern about the possibility of contracting diseases transmitted through contact with infected surfaces.


A standardized and accredited test method

Those who work in the research and development of technologies and materials that aim to control and limit the proliferation of bacteria on surfaces can now turn to Catas and rely on a standardized and accredited test method.

Moreover, the reliability of the laboratory is widely recognized: this is testified by the fact that Catas has carried out, in the last two years alone, over 140 tests on paints, packaging films, furniture and floor coverings.

An activity that obviously involved mainly materials used in medical clinics, communities or in very busy environments, spaces where the risk of transmission of a bacterial infection through the mixed use of objects or contact with infected surfaces is greater; however, there was no lack of tests carried out on products intended for domestic use.


Catas accredited for the measurements regulated by the ISO 22196 standard

The seriousness, coherence, the will to always guarantee the maximum reliability and transparency that have always distinguished the work of Catas have therefore pushed the laboratory to obtain accreditation by the Italian accreditation body Accredia also for this test method, thus allowing him to enter the very short list of laboratories accredited for ISO 22196, only four in the whole national territory.


Catas launches the CQA Antibacterial Coating

To meet the need of paint manufacturers to qualify their products with an authoritative brand, Catas has also developed a new certification scheme that is added to the well-known Catas Quality Award (CQA). This is the CQA Antibacterial Coating which, through a specific test and control program, certifies the interior painting cycles that meet certain performance requirements, including antibacterial activity.

Porro joins the 'Adopt a School' project promoted by Fondazione Altagamma

Now in its third year, the project aims to build a virtuous relationship between technical vocational schools and Italian luxury companies
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 31/01/2024

Catas inaugurates the new site for product certifications

Category: Industry news
Publication date: 28/03/2022

Catas: excellent results in 2021 and big plans for 2022

Subscribed companies grow by 6%, and the number of tests carried out and product certifications also increase
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/02/2022

Catas Academy: 2022 webinar calendar defined

Catas Academy training courses kick off on February 1 with institutional appointments and ad hoc events
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2022

Firefighter fire-retardant coatings by Verinlegno: safety and high performance

The new coatings, which are certified as class 1, minimize the reaction to fire of the wooden substrate on which they are applied
Category: Paints for furniture
Publication date: 07/10/2021

Certification “Italian Furniture Origin”: the reference brand for Italian furniture

The Cosmob tool qualifies and enhances Made in Italy furniture products
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 06/04/2021

Antibacterial surfaces: testing and evaluation of effectiveness a current issue addressed by Catas

Antibacterial effects and sanitizing treatments on different types of furniture surfaces
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 07/06/2020

Ica Group at Sicam 2019: S-Matt paints, BIO paints and the Performance Lab accredited laboratory

Innovative and environmentally friendly technological solutions for the furniture industry
Category: Paints for furniture
Publication date: 17/11/2019
Company: Ica Group