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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: first negative signals for the wood-furniture sector

After two years of growth, the wood-furniture supply chain is showing a negative sign for the first time.

In fact, according to the Monitor drawn up by FederlegnoArredo's Study Centre on a representative sample of companies, in the first quarter of 2023 sales in the wood-furniture supply chain contracted by 1.4% compared to the same period in 2022 to EUR 2.5 billion. The contraction is determined by -2.7% in the domestic market and +0.4% in exports.


2023 a complicated year for the sector

The furniture macro-system - which accounts for more than 60% of total sales - is up 3.2% and registers a positive sign in both the domestic market (+5.3%) and exports (+1.3%). However, this positive variation is still more affected by price increases than by an actual increase in volumes. 

The wood macro-system, on the other hand, recorded -10.5% compared to the same quarter of 2022, (-12.4% for sales in the domestic market and -4.7% in exports), a downturn across many of the systems, but exacerbated above all by the contraction in value of panels. "Data that," comments FederlegnoArredo president Claudio Feltrin, "show how 2023 will be a complicated year for our sector and confirm the slowdown that had already begun at the end of 2022. Now the real question is to understand whether in the coming months we will still be able to talk about a simple slowdown, which I would say is physiological after two years of exceptional results, or whether we will have to talk about an abrupt slowdown. It is still too early to say, but I fear I will not be proved wrong by thinking that the first half of the year will also have a negative sign, and perhaps even sharper than the current one. In terms of production, it is possible that this year, after two years of extraordinary growth, the sector will mark the pace, with a reduction in volumes not only compared to 2022, but also compared to 2019.


Forecasts 2023: supply chain stable, but wood in great pain

Forecasts for the whole of 2023, again according to the results of FederlegnoArredo's Monitor, are on the same wavelength: -0.6% overall for the supply chain, just below 2022 levels with exports at +0.3% and Italy at -1.2%. As regards the furniture macro-system (MSA), forecasts speak of +2.8% overall, with +3.3% for Italy and +2.3% for exports. On the other hand, the forecast for the woodworking macro-system (MSL) is still negative with -5.9% overall, given by -6.1% for Italy and -5.5% for exports.

"As the forecasts also tell us," adds President Feltrin, "the sector most closely linked to the home and therefore to furniture continues to hold up, despite the fact that the continuous changes in the running on building bonuses have negatively affected the trend. Wood, it is clear, is suffering much more and we can, as was the case for the price rise at the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, consider it the first alarm bell that, like a domino effect, will hit the entire supply chain. This is therefore a complex situation that must be read within a context in which the loss of household purchasing power, the lack of liquidity and the related drop in consumption go hand in hand with the drop in production, as certified by the ISTAT data for April. Given this situation, I would take for granted a further drop in the second quarter of 2023, when the tail end of the 2022 orders will also have disappeared. We are definitely on an inclined plane, how much of an inclined plane we will understand shortly. But I would rule out a trend reversal, not to mention that the slowdown in Germany, the second largest market in Europe for products from the chain, is certainly not good news for us.

FederlegnoArredo forecasts 2023 closing at -3.3% for the wood-furniture supply chain

According to Monitor data from the FederlegnoArredo Study Centre, in the first half of 2023 the supply chain will record an overall contraction of 5.9% and 39% of companies will begin to reduce investments
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 13/09/2023

FederlegnoArredo launches FLA Plus Services, the digital hub for a more sustainable and competitive supply chain

Targeted services for member companies: certification portal, materials library, circularity tool, customs counter and supply chain data
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 10/07/2023

Alpi wooden surfaces: the new collections under the banner of the combination of color and graphics

Developed in collaboration with Raw Edges and Piero Lissoni, they tell the story of the company's ability to continuously reinvent wood
Category: Multilaminar veneers
Publication date: 26/11/2021
Company: Alpi SpA

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

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

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

Harmonize binding formaldehyde parameters in panels

The EPF General Assembly wants to standardise the rules in all EU countries
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 27/08/2019

The Resysta panel: versatile and sustainable based on 100% recyclable rice husk

The multifunction panels are distributed exclusively for Italy by the Bonomi Pattini Group
Category: Panels, veneers and semi-finished products
Publication date: 16/01/2019
Company: Bonomi Pattini Giuseppe e Figli S.p.A.

The 2018 Catas Academy program

The new issues addressed by the wood-furniture supply chain
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 27/02/2018

Italian furnishing industry: 2017 preliminary results

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