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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: Preliminary figures for 2020 allow us to look to 2021 with cautious optimism

According to the Preliminary Figures drawn up by FederlegnoArredo's Study Centre, the Italian wood-furnishing sector closed 2020 with a -10.8% contraction compared to the previous year.
FederlegnoArredo's surveys of members show that, after the heavily negative results of the first half of the year, the summer months made it possible to recover in terms of turnover and sales what had been lost earlier.
For April 2020, losses of between 35% and 45% were estimated compared to April 2019, while in June a year-end closing of -16% was expected. However, thanks to the summer rebound, the wood-furnishing sector managed to contain its losses, closing at -10.8%.
“After the heavily negative figures for the first half of the year, a catastrophic decline was already feared in April, as confirmed by our Monitor for that period. Fortunately, this did not happen and, if we read the preliminary results with an eye to the future and not to the past, we can say that they allow us to look to 2021 with cautious optimism. The various sectors of the supply chain that we represent,“ comments FederlegnoArredo chairman Claudio Feltrin, “are so different that each has experienced and reacted to the crisis in a different way. Certainly the contract sector has suffered, and continues to suffer, more than other sectors. Hotels, airports and closed public places have coincided with a contraction in spending in this direction, while home furnishings have benefited from the forced stay at home“.


FederlegnoArredo: alongside businesses

Italy's industrial fabric is made up of around 73,000 companies, mostly SMEs. To help these companies in such a difficult year, Federlegno has fought for the reopening of production so as not to lose positions to the detriment of competitor countries that have remained open, and has dialogued with institutions to facilitate companies' access to credit so that they are not forced to stop investing in Industry 4.0 and sustainability. It was precisely these investments that helped overcome the crisis; without them, 2020 would have recorded much greater losses.
The drop in total turnover was caused by the domestic market (-9.4%), but especially by the foreign market (-13.1%). Positive factors were the numerous tax breaks available for 2020 and the renewed interest of Italians in the home.


Imports: a greater contraction for the Contract sector

Imports (-14.7%) showed a more pronounced decrease than production for the domestic market, demonstrating the slowdown in trade flows at global level, due to the Covid emergency that spared no country and therefore no market.
A more significant contraction instead affected the sectors linked to the non-residential world, offices, retail and hospitality. There were no significant differences between furniture (-11%) and wood (-10%), while the wood trade suffered a greater contraction (-14.0%), also due to a progressive and constant increase in the price of raw materials and numerous supply difficulties at global level.


Exports: major slowdown in international trade

Exports of the wood-furniture supply chain in 2020 contracted sharply until May as a result of numerous lockouts and the severe slowdown in international trade, leading to an overall -13.1%. France, Germany and the United States remain the main commercial outlets for our products.
In addition to production stoppages and company closures, in the first half of the year, the furniture macro-system was also heavily penalised by the absence of the Salone del Mobile, the world's leading event that generates the most important orders for companies. The sector most affected was undoubtedly that of fitters, with a -90% drop in turnover due to the cancellation of all national and international exhibitions.
“Now,“ concluded Feltrin, “we have to gather all our energy and ideas and turn this deep crisis into an opportunity, starting with the theme of digital, sustainability, training and innovation in our companies. The pandemic has put the home back at the centre, well we represent it in its entirety and we must be the protagonists of this turnaround“.

In the photo, Rimadesio stand at the Salone del Mobile in Milan (Ph. Luca Fiammenghi).

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