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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: Director Franco Bulian presents programmes for 2021

Franco Bulian, the new director of Catas since 1 January, outlines the plans for 2021 of Europe's leading testing laboratory for the wood-furniture sector.
After a 2020 marked by great uncertainties, it is now necessary to look to 2021 with confidence. This is what emerges from the words of the new director who, examining last year's figures, says: “We closed the terrible 2020 in an absolutely better way than we could have expected. The first few months were wonderful, but in March the cataclysm overwhelmed us all, leading us to a 15 per cent drop in the number of tests carried out compared to 2019, a figure that we fortunately managed to recover in the second half of the year, closing with a turnover that was even slightly up on the previous year, also thanks to the higher number of product certifications we issued, 175 compared to 168 in 2019. And for a few months now the situation, at least as far as the number of tests is concerned, has been back to normal, with the inevitable fluctuations due to the ups and downs of possibilities, certainties and sensations that the different colours of the areas in our country and around the world allow“.


Positive regulatory effects

Despite the lack of trade fair events and appointments and the consequent reduction in the launch of new products, the wood-furnishing sector has not given up and has even proved to be vital, thanks also to the renewed interest shown by consumers in the domestic space, which has become increasingly important in this pandemic period.
These new requirements have also had a positive effect on the tables of the various international technical and regulatory commissions in which Catas sits. “Paradoxically, the area of standards is working very well, because the change in mentality that we have experienced, from face-to-face meetings to the greater use of tools that were almost unknown before, has allowed more frequent meetings, more in-depth analysis and quicker decisions, all to the benefit of the quality of standardisation,“ commented Franco Bulian.


Sustainability, ecology, health: key issues for 2021

Sustainability, ecology and health are core values for Catas and will certainly be at the heart of the 2021 programme of activities. With regard to emissions, for example, in the first few months of 2021 Catas recorded an upward trend in requests for testing from customers all over the world, many of whom had not had any direct relationship with the laboratory in previous years.
The San Giovanni al Natisone site continued to invest during the pandemic, with 76 test chambers now operating at full capacity.
The issue of healthy environments is therefore always in the spotlight and there will be important news in the near future: “In the Uni sphere,“ Bulian added, “we are working on a standard for the classification of emissions from furniture components for indoor pollution. At the moment there are no rules deriving from specific laws or regulations, and Italy could be the first country to adopt a standard allowing furniture surfaces to be classified according to their emissions and components, including painting cycles. Technically we could say that such a provision would allow a manufacturer who wants to make objectively low-emission furniture to identify healthier melamine-faced panels and coating cycles on the market“. On the subject of sustainability and ecology, one of the first objectives of the year will be to propose a service for assessing the life cycle of a product, the so-called LCA - Life Cycle Assessment. This is an ambitious goal, which could involve intermediate steps in the evaluation, proven by tests and measurable results, of the sustainability or “environmental respect“ that a certain product can boast. LCA certification is a complex process that requires significant investment from companies. It could therefore be absolutely strategic to be able to define and set up different “intermediate“ systems, always recognised and shared, to certify the “green value“ of a table, sofa or chair through more affordable procedures, allowing companies to gradually approach these fundamental issues for the future.


The professionalism of Catas

Its organisation and structure allows Catas to work in the best possible way both nationally and worldwide, always standing by producers interested in its expertise and high professionalism. The figures confirm this. “On 31 December 2020, we had 170 accredited test methods, compared to 138 twelve months earlier, a figure that bears witness to our commitment to providing the wood and furniture industry with certificates that are an important and recognised calling card for quality throughout the world. I think it is also worth remembering that more than 40 per cent of our work responds to the demand of companies all over the world,“ concludes Franco Bulian, “and we want to grow further, but without forgetting Italy, where we are already present in two very important districts, in Triveneto and Brianza, and we will soon be able to announce a new initiative that we are certain will offer us and many wood-furnishing companies interesting opportunities. 


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

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 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

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 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