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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.

Elica partner of the new Cristalplant® Design Contest 2016

The Cristalplant® Design Contest calls for all creative designers for its eighth edition. Both young and senior designers are welcome to participate. That is right, this year the Cristalplant contest is open to all designers without any distinction of age.
Partner of this new edition of the Cristalplant Design Contest is  Elica, an Italian design company operating in the international scene, a company that believes in quality and the importance of innovation and design.
The Cristalplant® Design Contest is an opportunity for creative designers to express themselves through the Cristalplant (www.cristalplant.it) as the base material for products inspired by the style of Elica. Participants may submit their entries as single or in groups, also submitting multiple projects in the same category.
Let us look more in detail at the categories and requirements of the Contest call for participation: the Young Designers category includes all creative designers born after 01/01/1981. They are invited to design a cooker extractor hood in Cristalplant®.
The Senior Designers category includes all creative designers born before 01/01/1981. They are also invited to design a cooker extractor hood in Cristalplant®.
The deadline for the submission of entries is 29 February 2016. The jury will be composed of qualified personalities from the world of design and furniture, who will assess and evaluate the entries and assign the awards and honourable mentions, should that be the case. The prizes to the selected projects will be awarded during the Milan 55th Salone Internazionale del Mobile, at the Fuorisalone. They will be initially manufactured as prototypes and later included in the Elica catalogue by 2018.
The full Call for Entries can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Contest section of the website (designcontest.cristalplant.it). To enter the contest, please load your renderings of the projects you are willing to submit in the corresponding website section.
Elica is world leader in the design and manufacture of cooker extractor hoods for household use. “Elica” is the Italian for propeller, a symbol of both movement and stability, expertise and curiosity, revolution and solidity. Since the ‘70s – the years that saw the beginning of the company’s adventure – Elica has cultivated a set of principles that have always identified them as a highly qualified industrial partner. Dynamism, consistency and utmost accuracy have always been the values driving Elica towards change and the search for Aria Nuova (the company’s latest payoff line, “New Air”), towards horizons still unexplored and rich in possibilities.
Cristalplant is a young, dynamic company based in Treviso, Italy. Always with an eye on innovation, not surprisingly, the company has been focussing on creative designers and their potential for the last eight years, specifically through the now well-known Cristalplant contest. Cristalplant was founded in the ‘90s as a corporate spin-off of Nicos International. The company’s present policy is still that of responding to the needs of the customer companies’ designers and architects and reach the level of satisfaction of end users, who are provided with additional services and assistance, too.