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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.

Digitalisation in furniture production: an opportunity for companies

In times of pandemic, a new concept, that of 'digital transformation', has made its way in, a concept that had probably already been considered by several companies, but which has now certainly seen its exploitation. In just a few months, companies in the furniture sector, including the entire supply chain, have made a digital leap that would normally have taken several years.


Digitisation in furniture production

Digitalisation has now become part of our daily lives: just think of how much social networks, smartphones, computers and satellite navigation systems have become part of our lives, not to mention smart working, DAD and e-commerce which, with the passage of the coronavirus pandemic, were used by many for the first time and have now become the norm.
Digitisation, we said, is also having a profound impact on the furniture industry and the entire supply chain. In an interesting interview, Andrea Silvestri, Manufacturing & Solutions Specialists Team Leader at Lectra, a company that designs and develops software and cutting systems to facilitate the digitization of companies in the fashion, automotive, and furniture industries, explains how digitization can be applied to a company in this sector.
By automating production lines and communication between design and production, Silvestri says, we gain access to data that wasn't tracked before, but is extremely important because it highlights positive processes and those that can be optimized. The ultimate goal is integration not only between departments and functions, but also with customers and suppliers.


What tools and collaboration strategies to adopt

Andrea Silvestri indicates which tools and collaboration strategies manufacturers will have to adopt to adapt to the change: integrating in particular order management and production, automating and sharing the great added value of data. It will be necessary to take advantage of technological innovations, but also to acquire the tools to bridge the skills gap between operators and to better manage talent pools. By automating processes for greater control at every stage of the production workflow, it will be possible to move from a labour-intensive to a capital-intensive model.


The benefits of digitisation for small series furniture production

Digitisation can be an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, especially for small series furniture production.  The increase of small series production, both for fabric and leather upholstery manufacturers, is due to the growing demand for customised products. In fact, customisation has become and will increasingly be a key factor to be competitive in the furniture market, especially in the upholstered furniture industry. To be competitive, furniture manufacturers are looking for new ways to maximise process efficiency, minimise waste and increase productivity. Forward-thinking companies are investing in digital technologies and automation solutions to speed up assembly times, reduce production costs and produce customised and small batch furniture in a wide range of colours, designs and patterned fabrics.
Achieving and consolidating success in furniture production means adapting to market changes and investing early in new technologies, and digitisation will certainly play an increasing role.

FSC certification in Italy: from the 2021 report a fast growing trend

The indoor and outdoor furniture sector sees a record 99 new certifications in 2021
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 11/02/2022

FederlegnoArredo 2021 data: growing trend for the furniture sector

Macrosystem furniture and lighting: sales Italy +21.4%, exports + 5.7% compared to 2019
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 10/09/2021

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

Scm Group: 2019 financial results confirm its financial solidity and reward innovation

The Group closes 2019 with a turnover of more than 700 million euros.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2020
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

New version of Lectra's Versalis® Offline: production speed and material savings

The evolution of the digital leather cutting solution offers furniture manufacturers excellent performances
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Company: Lectra Italia

New ideas for customised furniture from Hettich

Two innovative proposals to meet the needs of customers
Category: Components for drawers
Publication date: 24/05/2019
Company: Hettich Italia

The Report of the Confindustria Study Centre on Italian Industry is presented

Digitisation increases the competitiveness of the manufacturing system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 20/05/2019

Domus Line: process optimization and product customization

The company has renewed its production and logistics system
Category: Lighting for furniture
Publication date: 19/04/2019
Company: Domus Line S.r.l.

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