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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.

Cosentino Design Challenge: the winners of the 16th edition
The winners of the sixteenth edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC), the competition promoted by the Cosentino Group to support and promote the creativity and talent of students from all over the world who want to specialize in the field of design and architecture, have been announced. Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Marketing and Communication of the Cosentino Group and President of the CDC jury underlined the importance of this competition: "it is an initiative that is part of the CSR policies and the commitment to education that the Group has always promotedWe want to be close to schools, students and teachers. For this reason, from the very first courses of both disciplines (Architecture and Design), our experts present the Cosentino Group, its philosophy, products and, of course, the latest news. This is an important opportunity both from the point of view of the company and from that of training ".


490 proposals submitted and 7 awarded projects

Also this year the Cosentino Design Challenge met with considerable success: 490 projects came from all over the world, 184 of which for the Architecture category and 306 for the Design section.

Seven winning projects, three for the Architecture category and four for the Design category, selected by a jury of excellence made up of leading professionals in the sector, in particular: Santiago Alfonso, Vice President of Marketing and Communication of the Cosentino Group and President of the CDC jury; Malini Karini of Heriot-Watt University Dubai (UAE); Beatrice Blanchard of the École Supérieure Des Arts Modernes, ESAM (France); Eduardo Roig of the Escuela Universitaria de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología of Madrid, ESNE (Spain); Teresa Franqueira of the University of Aveiro (Portugal); Javier Cortina of the Escuela de Ingeniería del Diseño UPV, ETSID (Spain) and the architect Fran Silvestre.

The seven winning projects were awarded a prize of € 1,000 each.
New this year was the delivery of a certificate of participation assigned to the runners-up for each section, two for the Design category and three for the Architecture category.


The winners of the Architecture Category

For the Architecture category, the proposed theme was "The fifth facade: the reflection on the roof". Candidates were invited to develop a proposal that integrates energy efficiency, functionality, sustainability and design.

The three winning projects are: Modular Ibaiondo (UNIZAR, Zaragoza, Spain); Greenroof (Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. FAUD | National University of Cordoba, Argentina); The 7th Facade (University of Évora, Portugal).

The certificate for second place went to Forest in Height (UNIZAR, Zaragoza, Spain); A Beacon in the Mist (ESADA Escuela Superior de Arte y Diseño de Andalucía, Granada, Spain); Bepink (ESNE - Escuela Universitaria de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología, Madrid, Spain).


The winners of the Design Category

The theme proposed for the Design category was "Rethinking the creative and working space at home". In this case the participants were asked to develop innovative and design solutions for teleworking.

The four winning projects are Lune (ESAM Design Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes, Paris, France); Quimera (ESNE - Escuela Universitaria de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología, Madrid, Spain); IT (EASD Valencia, Spain); Flip (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore).
They received the certificate for second place: C22 (Escuela de Arte Carlos Pérez Siquier, Almería, Spain); Neighbors Desk (ESAM Design Paris, France).

In the photo, the jury of the Cosentino Design Challenge with the winning projects.

Designtech: meeting between design companies and innovative start-ups

The first headquarters of the Technological Innovation Hub in the design, furniture and construction sector inaugurated in the Milan Innovation District
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/05/2022

Fuorisalone 2022 returns in presence with a rich calendar of events and many news

The event celebrates the future of creativity, innovation and sustainability
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 09/05/2022

The economics of design in Italy in the Symbola Foundation Report

The value of design for the competitiveness of the national production system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 26/04/2022

Let's Design ideas contest: Cosentino launches a new contest for designers and interior architects

The focus of the contest is to design a furnishing accessory using the ultra-compact surface Dekton®
Category: Technological materials for furniture, Industry news
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Company: Cosentino Group

Cosentino Design Challenge: the winning projects of the 15th edition

Numerous and highly experienced participants in the international competition promoted by the Cosentino Group
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 26/07/2021
Company: Cosentino Group

Cosentino Design Challenge: 15th edition presented with an online event

The international competition dedicated to design and architecture students from all over the world
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 21/12/2020
Company: Cosentino Group