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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 welcomes the new Waste Wood Management Practice

“With this reference practice, companies in the sector make public and verifiable the good practices in place in the sector, which include controls on suppliers, at the time of receipt of the material, controls along the process and obviously final controls on the product, which must be safe for consumers and safe for the environment“: with these words Paolo Fantoni, President of Assopannelli, commented on the publication on 30 July of the reference practice UNI/PdR 115 “Management of recovered wood for the production of wood-based panels“.


Wood-based panels for the circular economy

This important document describes good practices for the management of wood waste used in the production process of chipboard and fibreboard to ensure that wood-based panels promote the circular economy desired by the European Union, allowing the recovery of materials instead of landfill or energy recovery, comply with the technical regulations of the sector and are in accordance with the CAM (Minimum Environmental Criteria for Public Administration Purchases) with regard to the quality of recycled material.
“This document is one of a series of initiatives in which standardisation is at the forefront of social, economic and environmental sustainability,“ said Ruggero Lensi, director general of UNI. “This is why we very much welcomed Federlegno Arredo's invitation to develop a reference practice that could help operators in the wood sector by providing them with useful indications for the recovery and recycling of a material that is so important for our economy“. 


A world record in wood recycling

For decades Italy has held a world record in wood recycling, driven by the production of chipboard panels. Unlike other countries that mainly burn post-consumer wood to produce energy, in Italy, thanks to a supply chain that involves citizens, municipalities, small and large companies, 95% of wood is recycled to produce furniture panels, without the need to consume virgin wood.
“The wood-based panel production sector,“ explained Paolo Fantoni, “has been committed since the mid-1990s to recovering recycled wood to replace forest resources, embracing the spirit of the circular economy well in advance. The continuous improvements in the waste wood treatment technique developed in this way still put us in the vanguard compared to our European competitors“. In environmental terms, these good practices carried out by the sector allow a saving in CO₂ consumption of almost two million tonnes/year.


The role of the Rilegno consortium

The role of the national consortium Rilegno, which collects, recovers and recycles wood packaging, makes a major contribution to this development. The importance of recycling is also fundamental in this phase characterised by the increase in the cost of wood for the supply of raw materials.

In the photo: recovered raw material for the production of chipboard (Fantoni)

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

A Master's degree in furniture surfaces to help meet the evolving needs of the sector and international markets
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 10/08/2023

GreenItaly 2020 Report: the most resilient and innovative green enterprises

The Italian wood-furniture industry first in Europe in circular economy
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 09/11/2020

FederlegnoArredo: Claudio Feltrin is the new Chairman for the four-year period 2020-2024

Vision and action will be the focus of the new president's commitment.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/11/2020

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

Arçelik: eco-sustainable appliances for a better world

Presented a washing machine with filtering system for synthetic microfibers
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 23/09/2019

Expanded polyurethane: Europur & Euro-Moulders 2019 annual conference in Lisbon

Circular economy and recycling are among the topics covered
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam
Publication date: 20/09/2019

Materials Village 2018: technologies dedicated to colour and sustainability

Two large installations designed by Studio Marco Piva and Yona Friedman
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 05/04/2018