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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: stable wood-furniture exports in the first quarter of 2023

According to data processed by FederlegnoArredo's Study Centre based on ISTAT sources, the wood-furniture supply chain exported a total of EUR 4.98 billion in the first three months of 2023, showing substantial stability compared to the first three months of 2022 with -0.3%. Furniture exports also showed an almost stable trend with around EUR 3 billion and +0.3% compared to the first quarter of 2022.


Lombardy confirms its supremacy

Lombardy is confirmed as the leading region in terms of exported value with 1.2 billion euros (29% of the total), an increase of 3.9% over the first quarter of 2022. It is followed by Veneto (+1.3%) with an exported value of 991 million euro, while Friuli Venezia-Giulia with 581 million euro shows a decrease (-3.8%). Marche, in fifth place, with 242 million Euros exported, recorded the most consistent growth (+11.1%) while Puglia, in eighth place with 105 million Euros exported, marks the most marked drop (-20.8%).

Treviso (-0.6%) and Pordenone (-2.8%), despite the negative sign, are confirmed as the first two provinces in terms of exports of the wood-furniture chain; followed by Monza and Brianza and Milan, growing by +2.3% and +9.6% respectively.


Furniture exports: two alarm bells

In the top ten of furniture exports, France takes first place with +5.4%, third place for Germany with +4.6% and fourth place for the United Kingdom at +3.1%. Two alarm bells that should not be underestimated are the United States, which, despite being in second place, registers a sharp setback with -9.5% and China, still in seventh place, with -17.6%. Russia drops to eleventh place with -24.2%, while Saudi Arabia climbs the ranking to sixteenth place with +27.2% and in thirty-second place we find Kuwait with +28.2%.


Diversifying and opening new routes

As Claudio Feltrin, President of FederlegnoArredo, well explains, "if the data for the supply chain can be moderately reassuring thanks to a stable quarter in which Lombardy and Veneto led the results, it is furniture exports that are giving some less than comforting signals, and this is also reflected in the industrial production figures for May 2023 compared to May 2022, with -17.4% for wood and -8.5% for furniture. A drop that we can say is physiological after two years that to call exceptional is an understatement. But we cannot pretend not to see how the leading markets of our Made in Italy are repositioning themselves".

"Alarm bells? Perhaps not yet so obvious,' Feltrin concludes, 'but indicative of a direction of travel that companies must become aware of as soon as possible. In this sense, we welcome the imminent presentation of the new Simest calls for tenders under the 394 Fund, in which the Federation has collaborated with concrete proposals. Indeed, efficient measures are needed to promote the internationalisation of companies and the opening up of hitherto little-explored markets. I am thinking of the Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Diversifying and opening up new routes are the watchwords for tackling a market that is now far from the certainties of the past'.

FederlegnoArredo: the supply chain closes 2022 with a 12.7% growth

Positive figures reward the work, quality and ability to innovate in a sector, the jewel in the crown of Made in Italy
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 24/02/2023

Wood-furniture supply chain: the export of furniture reveals a positive trend also in the first half of 2022

In the second quarter, however, there are first signs of a slowdown
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 26/10/2022

SACE Export Report 2022: Italian exports of goods up by 10.3%

Italian exports are confirmed as a driving force for our economy
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/09/2022

Salone del Mobile.Milano: a turnout beyond expectations underlines the desire to restart

Over 262,000 attendees represent an exceptional result and confirm the catalyst force of the event
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 14/06/2022

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

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

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 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