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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: the course program 2019

Like every year the Catas, the most important Italian and European institute for research and testing in the wood-furniture sector, offers a complete training program able to respond with competence to the needs of companies operating in the wood-furniture sector with the goal of giving them more knowledge in order to enrich their technical and cultural background.
In the spotlight the most topical issues for the furniture world, starting from the revision of two important European standards dedicated to the sessions (UNI EN 1022: 2018 Determination of stability and UNI EN 1335-2: 2018 Safety requirements for office sessions), themes that will be dealt with on February 14th in San Giovanni al Natisone and on March 21st in Lissone.
Another theme of growing interest are the playgrounds, a particular sector of the production of “furnishings“ which will be discussed in an intensive three-day course, from 12 to 14 March in Lissone, aimed not only at those who build games and elements for give life to these spaces, but also to the technicians and the heads of the public administrations involved in this delicate aspect.


The complete list of appointments

14 february        San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
The new technical standards for the sessions: EN 1335-2 e EN 1022

12-14 march         Lissone (Monza Brianza)
The safety of equipment and surfaces for playgrounds: compliance, maintenance and inspection; 3 days intensive course

14 march          San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Furniture and integrated lighting components: state of the art legislative, regulatory and technical; in collaboration with Sicom Testing (Gorizia)

21 march        Lissone (Monza Brianza)
“The new technical standards for the sessions: EN 1335-2 e EN 1022”.

4 april             Lissone (Monza Brianza)
Let's furnish children's room: a guided choice of furnishings

18 april        San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
CAM, minimum environmental requirements for furniture

9 may             Lissone (Monza Brianza)
Let's furnish the shop:  a guided choice of furnishings

10 may      Lissone (Monza Brianza)
Class 1 medical devices: a practical approach to the new regulation UE 2017/745

16 may           San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Requirements for wooden windows and paints: the new standard UNI 1171

23 may             San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Design, analyze, test respecting the standards in the wood-furniture industry

13 june             San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
The color for furnishing: innovative materials, design tools for use and laboratory tests “in collaboration with Material ConneXion Italia (Milan).

20 june             San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)  
Formaldehyde: legislative changes in Europe and the USA

12 september       San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Furniture and integrated lighting components: state of the art legislative, regulatory and technical; in collaboration with Sicom Testing (Gorizia)

26 september         San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Colorimetry course

3 october             San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Objective responsibility of the producer: let's make the point of the legislation

7 november         San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Performance and defects of glossy and opaque surfaces

21 november         San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
Wood-based panels: mechanical performance and certification

4 december         San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine)
White fir from Friuli: enhancement and characterization

Detailed programs of courses and events will be published online at www.catas.com before each meeting.

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

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