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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.

Catas: a service for companies in the sector to address sustainability correctly

The theme of “Sustainability“ will increasingly be at the centre of every human activity and in particular of company strategies in all sectors including the world of furniture. The relationship between economic activity and respect for the environment is now an absolute priority on which governments intervene and to which attention is turned by consumers, who are increasingly attentive and informed.
In order to meet the needs of companies in the Catas sector, Catas has created a specific working group on the subject of Sustainability to support companies in their “green“ analysis and design processes.


Lca-Life Cycle Assessment: the environmental impact of a product

The tools to assess the environmental impact of a product not only in its production, but throughout its entire life, for as long as it is used, until disposal, are included in the “Lca-Life Cycle Assessment“.
This method imposes strict, precise assessment and measurement tools in order to generate an “Epd-Environment Product Declaration“, i.e. an “environmental declaration“ that can be verified by a third party body and made public, through databases of bodies and institutes recognised worldwide, so that the “ecological characteristics“ of a good can be known by everyone and thus become a “plus“ among the reasons for purchasing.
Obtaining a product's “environmental identity card“ requires complex knowledge and tools, as well as a series of information needed to be able to assess all those aspects that are generally beyond the producer's control, such as electricity supply, logistics, raw materials, etc..


A technical method to obtain the Life Cycle Assessment of a product

From 22nd September a team of Catas technicians will take part in an advanced training project that will enable them to have all the necessary tools, skills, models, procedures, by June 2021, to offer wood-furnishing companies the possibility of carrying out Life Cycle Assessment studies on their products.
The service that Catas will offer companies will be based on a technical method already adopted in many other sectors at an international level, with that rigour and objectivity on measurements defined by the UNI 11698:2017 standard “Estimation, declaration and use of the uncertainty of the results of a Life Cycle Assessment - Requirements and guidelines“.
This assessment will make it possible to measure the “environmental cost“ of a good taking into account its entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the production cycle, up to its use and “end of life“, quantifying the consumption of resources and emissions, all regulated by a series of ISO standards that will guarantee companies to give objectivity to their environmental commitment.

Designing sustainability: the future of Italian furniture according to FSC Italia

FSC certification is a tool to guarantee the sustainable origin of wood and a communication topic for companies in the sector.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 19/10/2020

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

Inauguration of the new furniture laboratory of Catas

The laboratory will further enhance the productivity of the institute
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 23/10/2019

Catas wins Cerved's Customer Satisfaction Audit award

Survey shows high degree of customer satisfaction
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 31/05/2019

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019: visitors and business are growing

Creativity and sustainability among the elements that characterize this edition
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 15/04/2019

At interzum 2019 the ideas and innovations for the furniture industry and interior design

The Surfaces & Wood Design Square presents the materials for tomorrow's furniture
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 18/03/2019
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

Catas celebrates fifty years of activity

A rich calendar of events and initiatives in Friuli and Brianza
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 28/02/2019

Catas Academy: two interesting seminars in September

An opportunity to learn about current issues
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 11/09/2018

Rubinetterie Treemme celebrates fifty years of success

Great attention to high quality and service
Category: Taps and fittings
Publication date: 05/02/2018

In the USA a new norm for the formaldehyde emissions

Catas certification authority recognized by CARB
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 10/02/2017