Hardware for furniture, upholstery, kitchen, coatings and furnishing systems.

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.

Circular Economy: one hundred stories of Italian excellence in the report of Fondazione Symbola and Enel
Talking about circular economy is nothing new, indeed terms such as environmental sustainability, green, recycling, have entered our daily vocabulary. Telling one hundred stories of Italian companies that represent excellence in the circular economy is intended, on the one hand, to contribute to defining the perimeter within which Italy is moving and, on the other, to highlight the potential of the circular economy, at every level, offering interesting food for thought.

This is what emerges from the Report "100 Italian Circular Economy Stories" by Fondazione Symbola and Enel, 100 stories of circular economy Made in Italy that look at quality and innovation in a circular way: from agribusiness to fashion, from packaging to mechanics, from wood-furniture to construction and finance, intersecting electronics and chemistry.


Italy holds the European record for circular economy

Italy is the European leader in circular economy; in fact, it is the European country with the highest percentage of recycling of all waste, 79.4%, almost double the EU average (49%) and well above all other major European countries (France 66%, Germany 69%). Waste sent for recycling (117 million tons), which are used as materials in the building/infrastructure sector (50% equal to 59 million tons) and in the manufacturing industry (33% equal to 39 million tons).

"The shortage of raw materials - said Ermete Realacci, president of the Fondazione Symbola - has prompted us to use that source of renewable and non-polluting energy that is human intelligence. In this way we have built a more efficient system: the scrap metal of Brescia, the rags of Prato, the paper mills of Lucca are not the result of a decree, but the response to a need.


100 Italian Circular Economy Stories

These 100 stories, while representing only a small part of the many virtuous examples of circular economy in our country, show how it is central to the green economy and essential to address the climate crisis, while offering new and better development opportunities.

The search for material and energy efficiency is common to most of the companies surveyed, an aspect that has direct effects on costs, productivity and therefore competition. There are many solutions aimed at preserving the quality of materials at the end of the life cycle of products and those that use renewable inputs and those coming from recovery and recycling processes. But innovation starts right from the design phases, with eco-design approaches aimed at extending the useful life of products, looking at new consumption models.

The circular economy offers the opportunity to bind together the supply chains in a process of industrial symbiosis, where the waste of a company, or a sector, becomes raw material for another. A strategy that, looking at the industrial districts, is already part of the DNA of our country. The cross-section highlights the need for new skills (or the rediscovery of ancient arts), new products and new processes that can feed a greener and, for this reason, stronger Made in Italy.


From the Report emerges an Italy in the vanguard

The Report traces the profile of an avant-garde Italy, which rewards quality, innovation and environmental sustainability and which is believed to be a stimulus for an ever wider diffusion and replication of best practices.

Among the 100 businesses featured in the Report are, for example, ecological panels made from 100% post-consumer wood (Gruppo Saviola); furniture made from post-consumer or recyclable materials and designed to be easily disassembled at the end of its life (Arper); e-commerce sites specializing in the rental of clothing, shoes and accessories (DressYouCan); digital platforms dedicated to the sharing of materials, machinery and construction equipment (Edilmag); innovative technologies for the mechanical and chemical recycling of waste (NextChem); non-profit companies dedicated to the development of projects, strategies and engaged in the dissemination of knowledge on the theme of circular economy (Tondo).

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

GreenItaly 2019 Report: the Wood - Furniture system confirms its leadership in sustainability

The Report shows an acceleration towards the green of the Italian entrepreneurial system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 21/11/2019

Arçelik: eco-sustainable appliances for a better world

Presented a washing machine with filtering system for synthetic microfibers
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 23/09/2019

Expanded polyurethane: Europur & Euro-Moulders 2019 annual conference in Lisbon

Circular economy and recycling are among the topics covered
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam
Publication date: 20/09/2019

Success for interzum 2019 with 74,000 visitors from all over the world

Excellent presence of Italian exhibitors with 330 companies on 22,176 square meters
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 11/06/2019
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

The new BIO water-based wood varnishes Iridea by Ica are protagonists at the Fuorisalone

The “IDEA - The Design Supermarket” exhibition at Superstudio Più
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 11/04/2018

Materials Village 2018: technologies dedicated to colour and sustainability

Two large installations designed by Studio Marco Piva and Yona Friedman
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 05/04/2018

Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 30/11/2017

‏FIMA Carlo Frattini presents the new galvanic zero-impact system

‏Environmental sustainability, quality and design characterise the company's products
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 18/10/2017
Company: FIMA Carlo Frattini S.P.A