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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.

Assopannelli and POLI.design together with the aim of training new professional figures

Furniture surfaces with the colour, tactile and sensorial aspects of materials and finishes have in recent years become increasingly essential to be successful in the market. Precisely in response to the growing demand from companies in the sector for professionals able to design and manage the perceptive and technical aspects of surfaces, with particular reference to the interior design and furnishing sector, as well as experts in colours, materials and finishes, POLI.design has realised a Master's course, which has just reached the conclusion of its first module, in collaboration with Assopannelli and the active participation of partner companies.


Apprenticeships and a new Master's degree

Conceived a year ago, the Master's degree course in "Sensorial Surface Design, Colour, Material and Finish design for interiors and furniture", a high-level multi-disciplinary training course, has been so well received that it will be offered again in a second edition.

This is what emerged at the annual meeting of Assopannelli of FederlegnoArredo, which was held at POLI.design. In fact, the president of Assopannelli, Paolo Fantoni, commented: "We are very satisfied with the first results of this pilot, experimental and innovative project, carried out through the Group Coordinator, Luciano Caspani, which does not end here: internships will also be activated at some participating companies, and we are already working on a re-edition, trying on the one hand to attract companies interested in expanding know-how and on the other hand attracting more and more professional figures capable of designing in the CMF design field in a competitive way. After all, the sector is also evolving abroad and especially in the field of furniture surfaces, which are gaining share in non-European countries, both in emerging countries and in traditionally strategic destinations for furniture such as the United States".


Semi-finished furniture system: better export

The annual meeting of Assopannelli was also an opportunity to provide industry data.

The Sistema Semilavorati per Arredi, with a production turnover of over 6 billion euros, feeds, with its products, the downstream furniture sectors, not only domestically but also abroad where the quality of Italian component finishes is always highly appreciated.

In fact, exports absorb 46% of the total, for a value of 2.8 billion euros (+12.3% over 2021). The first destination market is the United Kingdom (+11.4%), while the United States (+28%) is the leading non-EU market.

Production for the domestic market, mostly destined for the furniture industry, absorbs the remaining half with a 5.9% growth over 2021. As far as 2023 is concerned, the FederlegnoArredo Study Centre Monitor, conducted on a representative sample of companies, indicates a drop in total sales in value of 10.8% in the first quarter, with a more marked drop on the domestic market (-15.2%) than on foreign markets (-8.2%).


Panel System: estimated downturn for 2023

The figures for the Panel System show that it has indeed suffered a sharp slowdown in production in the latter part of the year, but despite the critical issues related to soaring gas and electricity costs, it has shown resilience and adaptability, closing 2022 with a production turnover in value of more than 3 billion euros.

Production for the domestic market, which accounts for 63% of the total and is mainly destined for furniture companies, closed at +24.3%. Exports are on the rise (+27.6%) and will exceed 1 billion Euro in 2022; foreign markets are driven by Germany (22% of total exports) and France, followed by the United States and the Netherlands.

The FederlegnoArredo Study Centre Monitor, on the other hand, indicates an overall negative trend (-13.7%) for the period January-March 2023 compared to 2022, especially as regards sales in Italy (-18.4%), while sales abroad, which account for 26% of the total, record +3.2%. Companies estimate a downturn for 2023: total sales will close at -11%, with a more marked negative trend for Italy (-13.6%) than for foreign sales (-2.1%). Entrepreneurs' concerns are still linked to energy costs.

"Italy suffers from an energy cost of 110 euros per megawatt, compared to 61 for our colleagues in Germany and 42 in France, putting us in a clear state of competitive asymmetry," Fantoni explains. "the Italian furniture industry exports all over the world, and a loss of competitiveness of the panel supply chain would mean a loss of market positions worldwide".

Sensorial Surface Design: the new Master of the Politecnico di Milano on the perceptive and technical aspects of surfaces

The objective is the training of professionals able to manage the theoretical, technical and practical aspects related to color, materials and surface finishes
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 31/05/2022

Assopannelli welcomes the new Waste Wood Management Practice

The document will highlight good practices in the wood sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 10/08/2021

Assopannelli: Paolo Fantoni is the new President for the four-year period 2020-2024

Circular economy and environmental sustainability, instruments of growth for the Association
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 20/09/2020

Assopannelli's commitment to defending the Italian production of panels

Poplar-growing represents for Italy the most significant internal source of wood for industry
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 25/10/2019

The range of Rauvisio surfaces in Rehau is enriched with new colours

Surfaces that guarantee high resistance to shocks, scratches and UV rays
Category: Laminates for furniture
Publication date: 10/12/2018
Company: REHAU SpA

The new Cleaf finishes: evocative tactile and visual sensations

The surfaces collection for furniture and interior design was presented
Category: Ennobled panels
Publication date: 04/12/2018
Company: Cleaf S.p.a.

Ostermann: not just edges, but also a selected range of surfaces

Three trendy surfaces that are easy to work with and versatile in their applications
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 28/09/2018
Company: Ostermann Italia Srl