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

Catas, the most important European laboratory for testing in the wood-furniture sector, opens as usual the year under the banner of training, presenting the program of courses, seminars and all the initiatives organized by Catas Academy. It should be noted that from this year Catas Academy has a new logo.  
The first appointment, scheduled for January 10 at the headquarters of San Giovanni al Natisone and usable also with the “webinar“ formula, deals with the very topical theme “Formaldehyde in Germany: the new UBA law is starting“.
In February at the headquarters in Brugnera (Pordenone) will study “Adhesives in the furniture industry: the panorama and trends in the sector“. On this occasion, the book “Adhesives in the Furniture Industry“, produced in collaboration with Federchimica-Avisa, will also be presented.
Also in February, at Catas Brianza in Lissone, there will be a meeting on “The dimensions of office chairs: the revision of the EN 1335-1 standard“, a meeting that will be repeated in March in San Giovanni al Natisone.
In March the topic will be the focus of attention will be “PVC windows and doors: the Ral certification“, in collaboration with Ral Germany, while in April, again at Catas Brianza in Lissone, the theme of “The design of hospital furniture: the new Uni standard of requirements and testing methods“ will be discussed.
“Children's furniture: guide to the assessment of conformity and product safety“ will be the topic on which teachers and technicians of Catas will discuss in May at the headquarters of San Giovanni al Natisone.


The seminar on “Indoor emissions: formaldehyde and Voc“ during Xylexpo 2020

Also in May, various initiatives, events and meetings will be held during Xylexpo 2020, the biennial exhibition of technologies and supplies for the furniture and wood industry, of which the laboratory will be a technical-scientific partner, which will take place from 26 to 29 May at the exhibition spaces of Rho Fiera Milano. These include the seminar “Indoor emissions: formaldehyde and Voc“, dedicated to a highly topical issue in the light of the new regulations adopted in various countries.
In June the meeting entitled “Furniture and interiors for retail and commercial spaces: sustainability of materials and mechanical safety“, organized in collaboration with Material ConneXion Italia, is scheduled in San Giovanni al Natisone. Then in September two meetings will be held in San Giovanni al Natisone and Lissone on “Lca-Life Cycle Assessment: new opportunities for the furniture sector“.
“Wood-based panels: mechanical performance and Carb certification“ is the title of the meeting scheduled again in San Giovanni al Natisone in October, while in November, again in both Catas offices, a comparison will be held on “Requirements for furniture surfaces: the new Uni standard on Cpl laminates“.
The year will end in December with a seminar scheduled in San Giovanni al Natisone and a webinar on “Objective Producer Responsibility: the point on legislation“.
For further information please visit https://catas.com/it-IT/page/formazione.

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

Catas Academy: the 2023 calendar of information and training events for companies in the sector

New this year is the organisation of "Catas Days" in attendance at the Catas Brianza headquarters and at the new Catas Point Pesaro headquarters
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 13/02/2023

Catas: Director Franco Bulian presents programmes for 2021

Sustainability, ecology and healthiness are the focus of the laboratory, which works professionally for companies in the wood-furnishing sector.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 29/03/2021

Catas Academy: webinar calendar for the year 2021

A rich programme of events to inform about the latest technical and regulatory developments in the wood-furnishing sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 03/02/2021

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

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

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: technical webinars in May

Among the topics covered are formaldehyde, the reaction to fire of upholstered furniture, decorative laminates CPL
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 03/05/2020

wood-furnishing sector and Covid-19 emergency : the call to reopen Made in Italy

The Federlegno-Arredo manifesto and the appeal of some leading companies in the design sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 14/04/2020

Catas: the course program 2019

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