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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 inaugurates the new site for product certifications
Catas, certification body and center of excellence for the wood-furniture sector, inaugurates the new site cqa.catas.com to allow anyone who wishes to get to know closely and in depth what is "behind and inside" the “Catas Quality Award” product certifications.

Product certification: a priority for the wood-furniture supply chain

For the wood-furniture supply chain, product certification has now become a priority. In fact, it is essential for a company to be able to guarantee that a table, a chair, a flooring, a paint, an armchair, a kitchen meet precise standards that define their functionality, safety, origin, quality and sustainability.  The product certificate, derived from tests and verifications, is a mark, a document that attests values and performances that may prove important in the choice also from the end consumer.

“Things are changing rapidly and there are more and more incentives that lead us to work in the direction of the final consumer”, commented Franco Bulian, director of Catas.
"A trend that, if possible, further increases the value of our work, which becomes more and more a way to communicate to the user clearly and effectively the goodness of what he is buying. For some time we have also been working on communication tools for the certifications issued for our customers, among which some of the main industrial groups of production and now also of large-scale distribution are present. I am referring to a restyling of our certification marks, which allows you to "speak" directly to the consumer or to those who buy certified materials and to make understood immediately within a brand - the Catas Quality Award, the "Made in Italy by Catas" - the values of safety, quality and performance guaranteed by a third party of recognised authority in the sector".

Certify values ​​and truths for the entire supply chain

Back in 1993 Catas released the first “CQA-Catas Quality Award”, the first document that certified the low formaldehyde emission of wood-based panels. Today the institute issues over 180 different certifications, from paints to lamellar profiles, from raw materials to playground flooring. Documents that have always expressed their value in "B2B", or rather in the relationship between producers involved in the different phases of the transition from materials to semi-finished products and then to the finished product. But now Catas wants to talk about quality, to certify values ​​and truths for the entire supply chain, right up to the final consumer.

A step to which, on the one hand, the increasing attention, competence and information of users have contributed, who today choose by being able to access an infinite number of sources of information; on the other hand, the awareness of the companies that in the “certified quality” are inherent essential elements to access the markets, demonstrate their competence, express competitive advantages.

Catas: an excellent 2022 and a 2023 full of activities, investments and programs

2022 closed with a turnover of over 7 million euros, almost 45 thousand tests carried out and more than 200 hours of training
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 18/01/2023

Catas Engineering: alongside companies to measure quality in production

Many companies want to set up test laboratories as an integral part of the production system
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 30/09/2022

Antibacterial surfaces: Catas obtains ISO 22196: 2011 accreditation

The laboratory also launches the CQA Antibacterial Coating to certify interior painting cycles
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 27/06/2022

Catas: excellent results in 2021 and big plans for 2022

Subscribed companies grow by 6%, and the number of tests carried out and product certifications also increase
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/02/2022

Catas Academy: 2022 webinar calendar defined

Catas Academy training courses kick off on February 1 with institutional appointments and ad hoc events
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2022

Firefighter fire-retardant coatings by Verinlegno: safety and high performance

The new coatings, which are certified as class 1, minimize the reaction to fire of the wooden substrate on which they are applied
Category: Paints for furniture
Publication date: 07/10/2021

Certification “Italian Furniture Origin”: the reference brand for Italian furniture

The Cosmob tool qualifies and enhances Made in Italy furniture products
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 06/04/2021