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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.

Environmental sustainability: responsible consumption and green companies grow in Italy

Like every year, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Italy, an NGO that promotes responsible forest management, publishes a Report with the main data and trends recorded in the year just ended. The 2020 data show that there is a growing demand in Italy to certify the forestry products we use in our daily lives according to environmental sustainability criteria, confirming the positive trend of sustainability and certification in our country.
FSC Italy records, for the second consecutive year, an increase of 10% of companies with active certificates of the so-called “Chain of Custody“ (CoC): at the end of 2020 there were 2,831, with over 3,500 production sites involved. “We are recording an increase in the demand for materials and products of sustainable origin: companies are asking for it, as they want to demonstrate their commitment to transparent supply chains; citizens want it, as they are increasingly willing to reward virtuous realities from a social and environmental point of view“ says Diego Florian, Director of FSC Italy.


FSC certification in Italy: the 2020 report

The year 2020, which will certainly be remembered as the year of COVID-19, has brought about profound changes to our habits and systems of production and consumption. The demand for greater sustainability and responsibility has changed and indeed strengthened. Awareness of the decisive role that degraded ecosystems can play in the birth and spread of highly transmissible pathogens has led to a growing desire on the part of citizens and businesses to contribute even more to the conservation of the world's forests and natural habitats, through the use of raw materials of sustainable origin.


An increasingly sustainable supply chain

Although the largest numbers are once again registered in sectors such as printed paper and packaging, the strongest growth trends are in wood-furniture and textiles. In fact, 70 new certificates were issued in 2020 (+13.6%) in the furniture sector, for a total of 585 active certificates, of which 485 relate to companies active in the production of furniture and accessories for interiors and 100 to the outdoor sector. There were 34 new certificates (+57.6%) in the yarn and fabric sector (rayon, viscose, modal, cellulose acetate and lyocell), for a total of 93 active certificates.
This growth in FSC-certified products has also been reflected in companies' willingness to communicate and promote their commitment to environmental sustainability.
Doing, doing well and, above all, making it known: this is the motivation that drives more and more companies to promote their commitment through the promotional use of the FSC trademark: in 2020, 87 companies used the licence for promotional purposes of the FSC trademarks through the Promotional License Agreement (PLA), with 16 new contracts signed and a 25% increase in value compared to the previous year.


Forests are also increasing

As far as forests are concerned, there are 68,486 hectares of FSC-certified forest in our country, divided into 19 active certificates: a figure that is slightly up on 2019 (+3.21%). “We are a forestry country,“ explains Florian, “where there is still a lack of contact points between forests, society and the national wood, paper and derivatives industry. Fortunately, the number of companies deciding to verify and remunerate the positive impacts of their forest management on natural services, the so-called ecosystem services, is increasing: a factor that can act as a driving force for a new, more aware green economy and to enhance the work and presence of forest managers in the territory“. 
In 2020, three new organisations in Italy (Unione dei Comuni Valdarno e Valdisieve, Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme and Agris Sardegna) decided to quantify the natural services offered by forests, such as carbon dioxide stock, water, soil and biodiversity conservation, and the improvement of the tourist-recreational and cultural offer, making them available to investors and sponsors interested in financially supporting those who work to maintain them.

Responsible forest management in Europe and the world

Internationally, there are 221,201,420 hectares of FSC-certified forests worldwide (+10% last year) in more than 80 countries. Among the fastest growing areas in Europe are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Russia, while on the African continent the trends in the Republic of Congo and Namibia are significant, and China and Turkey in Asia. Forest management certificates reached 1,739 (+4.2% globally and +9.6% in Europe). 
Worldwide, the number of certified companies operating in 130 countries increased by 10.9% (total 44,751, in Europe the increase is 8.8%). In this context, it is important to note that Italy still holds the European record for the number of active certificates and is the second country worldwide.


FSC Furniture Awards: the 2022 edition is underway

The fourth edition of the competition expands to 20 countries and innovates the categories in the competition
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 30/05/2022

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

FSC Furniture Awards 2021: the best sustainable wood-furniture products awarded

The first European edition has highlighted the positive trend of sustainability in the furniture sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 06/12/2021

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

Designing sustainability: the future of Italian furniture according to FSC Italia

FSC certification is a tool to guarantee the sustainable origin of wood and a communication topic for companies in the sector.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 19/10/2020

wood-furnishing sector and Covid-19 emergency : the call to reopen Made in Italy

The Federlegno-Arredo manifesto and the appeal of some leading companies in the design sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 14/04/2020

Catas Academy: the calendar of courses and seminars 2020 has been defined.

Address topical issues of great interest to the wood-furniture sector
Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 03/01/2020

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

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