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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 Academy: technical webinars in May

Training has always been one of the pillars of Catas' activity, the most important European laboratory active in testing and certification for the wood-furniture sector, an activity that did not stop even during the emergency period for Covid-19.
After the success of the first three technical webinars dedicated to formaldehyde, Voc and electrified furniture, organized by Catas Academy in April, the calendar for the month of May is even richer.
The average participation of more than 200 operators at each meeting convinced the managers of the Catas training area to enrich the schedule.
The calendar includes appointments in English, so as to involve companies, technicians and operators from all over the world who work daily with the Italian laboratory even during this complex season of health emergencies.
Two new appointments enrich the program of “online seminars“, which in May will also touch on the themes of the reaction to fire of upholstered furniture, CPL decorative laminates, a coating increasingly used in the sector.


The calendar for the month of May

05 May 2020, 14:00 to 15:00
“Formaldehyde“ (in English)
Franco Bulian, Deputy Director of Catas
During the seminar Franco Bulian will talk about how much we know today about formaldehyde, a substance known as one of the main sources of indoor pollution caused by furniture. It will also be an opportunity to take stock of the state of the legislative and regulatory art in Europe and the United States.

12 May 2020, from 2 to 3 pm
“Organic compounds“ (in English)
Daniele Bergamasco, Catas Analytical Section

Daniele Bergamasco will talk about the materials that contain organic compounds, clarifying how and in which situations Cov emissions become dangerous. The central theme, therefore, is “indoor“ air quality and reference methods for the measurement of emissions.

14 May 2020, from 2 pm to 3 pm
“The reaction of upholstered furniture to fire“ (in Italian)
Daniele Barbiero, Fire Department Catas
What do you mean by reaction to fire? Daniele Barbiero will take stock of the legislative and regulatory context in Italy.

19 May 2020, from 14 to 15
“Electrified furniture“ (in English)
Andrea Giavon, director of Catas
In the webinar the legislative instruments applicable to furniture products equipped with electrical movements will be discussed in depth. The focus will be on the main contents and innovations introduced by the new edition of the “Guide to the Machinery Directive“.

28 May 2020, from 2 pm to 3 pm
“CPL Decorations“ (in Italian)
Claudio Caon, Catas Surfaces Section
What are the characteristics of CPL decors? What are the reference requirements for their performance? These questions are answered by the new UNI 11771:2020 standard, a new and unique normative document available today on the subject, which will be presented and commented during the online seminar.

You can register for free on catas.com. For any other information: formazione@catas.com, phone 0432 747260.

https://www.deepl.com/it/translatorFormaldeide: new limits for emissions from products including wood-based panels and furniture

European Commission publishes REACH restriction: European E1 classification values halved
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 03/08/2023

Catas Point Pesaro: new headquarters inaugurated with a first workshop

The focus was on "Formaldehyde and volatile organic substances: the rules of the furniture market", a very topical subject addressed by Catas experts
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 07/04/2023

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

Catas Academy: the calendar of courses and seminars 2020 has been defined.

Address topical issues of great interest to the wood-furniture sector
Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 03/01/2020

Catas: the course program 2019

Tackled the new themes for furniture world
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 29/01/2019