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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.

FederlegnoArredo: exports drive the wood-furniture supply chain
Just a few days before the opening of the Salone del Mobile in Milano, scheduled from 18 to 23 April in the halls of Rho Fiera, the FederlegnoArredo Study Centre presents the 2022 Final Accounts of the wood-furnishing supply chain, which closes 2022 at +12.6% driven by exports.

A supply chain with 68 thousand companies, or 14.9% of the manufacturing total, 298 thousand employees, or 8% of the total, and a production turnover of EUR 56.5 billion, or 4.6% of the total.


Changing the routes of Made in Italy

Data from the Study Centre show that it is precisely exports that have driven the numbers of the wood-furniture supply chain in 2022, with +13.3%. However, it is interesting to note how the routes of Made in Italy design are changing.

Europe is confirmed as the market to be constantly maintained and developed, joined by the United States in strong growth (+25.7%) and the new entries United Arab Emirates and India which, year after year, are moving up the rankings by increasing the imported value of our products.France is the first destination for Italian exports in the sector with about 3.3 billion euros in 2022 and a growth of 9.5%. Germany is the third market and grows by 9.7% compared to 2021, reaching 2.3 billion euros. China is stable in seventh place, while exports to Russia, which were worth 334 million euros in 2022, fell by 27.3% or 126 million euros compared to 2021, thus knocking Russia out of the top ten in chain exports.


A healthy supply chain

Claudio Feltrin, recently re-elected President of FederlegnoArredo, commented on these positive figures as follows. "The results of the 2022 Final Reports reveal a healthy sector, rewarded for the quality and uniqueness of its products, but one that has had to come to terms with an ever-changing context: first Covid, then the war, and now the crisis in the banking system, which we hope is only a false alarm, destined to be rectified as soon as possible. The figures speak for themselves, the chain's turnover has reached levels that were unthinkable just a few years ago, but the weight of inflation and the cost of raw materials has resulted in a gap of no less than 11 points between turnover and furniture production, which has in fact been just above zero".


2023 year of normalisation

The President of FederlegnoArredo looks at 2023 as the year of adjustment in which it could be realistic to think of a year-end for the furniture sector at +5%, driven once again mainly by exports.  The domestic market, on the other hand, could be affected by the stop-and-go policy on building bonuses.
As far as the wood sector is concerned, there could even be a drop of 3.2%, a figure that should be read as an indicator of the progressive reduction in the cost of energy and wood raw material and other materials, such as urea-based glues, which are indispensable for making panels, for example. A negative sign, but one that would not be so bad for the world of wood, because it would mean a return to a situation where turnover is not determined by exorbitant production costs.
"Overall," Feltrin concludes, "we can go so far as to say that 2023 could be the year of market normalisation, with the consequent restart of investments in ecological and digital transition, in human resources training and internationalisation, the real drivers of development for the entire sector.


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

FederlegnoArredo: new professionals for the digital and green transition

A European project indicates which are the most requested and how they should be formed
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 07/03/2022

High cost of energy: strong impact also on the companies of the sector

Unionplast, FederlegnoArredo and Confindustria ask for urgent measures to the Government
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 01/02/2022

The Fuorisalone 2022 also slips to June

From June 6 to 12 will be held the Milano Design Week, an important moment of international meeting, unique in its kind
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 19/01/2022

Maria Porro, elected President of Salone del Mobile.Milano

Our goal is a strong, united, inclusive, sustainable and creative Salone del Mobile.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 21/07/2021

Sace's 2021 Risk Map: companies can look to 2021 with cautious optimism

An interactive online world map outlining risk profiles for exporting companies
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 08/03/2021

Digitalisation in furniture production: an opportunity for companies

Interesting remarks by Andrea Silvestri, Manufacturing & Solutions Specialists Team Leader at Lectra
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 28/01/2021
Company: Lectra Italia

Sace's Export 2020 Report: a new start for exports

After a sharp decline in 2020, Italian exports are expected to recover robustly as early as 2021
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 15/09/2020

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

Italian furnishing industry: 2017 preliminary results

Positive results confirm the recovery of the sector
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 13/02/2018