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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.

interzum 2023 confirms itself as a platform for professional exchange and a great source of inspiration

Around 62,000 trade visitors attended the leading international trade fair for suppliers in the furniture and interior design industry
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 17/05/2023
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

Industry 4.0: MADE Competence Center presents its Learning Factory

A space dedicated to manufacturing SMEs to accompany them on the path to digital transformation
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 29/12/2020

CSIL report: scenarios and forecasts for the furniture sector in Italy in 2021-2023

In 2021 a likely rebound effect should support the growth of economic activity
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 23/12/2020

Italian technologies for wood-furnishing: from Acimall the data for the third quarter 2020

Thanks to exports, the third quarter of 2020 recorded a more moderate decline than expected
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 13/11/2020

AvanTech YOU drawer system from Hettich: design solutions and design freedom

Platform offers customization and flexible design in terms of colors, shapes and materials
Category: Components for drawers
Publication date: 04/11/2019
Company: Hettich Italia

CSIL: scenarios and forecasts for the furniture sector in 2019-2021

Positive signals from exports, slowing down the domestic market
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 17/12/2018

Quality, innovation and creativity at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2018

The most important international event for the furniture sector
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 09/02/2018