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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.

Franco Bulian is the new director of Catas

Franco Bulian is the new director of Catas, Europe's leading testing laboratory for the wood-furnishing industry, which carries out over 50,000 tests every year at its sites in San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine) and Lissone (Monza Brianza).
Born in 1960, from Udine, married with two children, Franco Bulian began his professional career in 1987 when he joined the chemical analysis department of Catas, becoming deputy manager and marketing director.  His long involvement with Catas has given him first-hand knowledge of its activities, as well as active participation in its growth.
“I am proud to complete my career at Catas with this new and prestigious challenge,“ he said. “I would like to thank the board of directors and president Lucia Cristina Piu for their trust and I am sure that together with all the talented Catas staff, their enthusiasm, passion and skills we will be able to achieve new and ambitious goals with the renewed aim of contributing to improving the safety and performance of products in this important industrial sector.“
A graduate in Pure Chemistry from the University of Padua, Franco Bulian is a contract professor in the course “Materials and Technologies of the Furniture Industry“ at the University of Trieste and the author of numerous books and technical publications.
Bulian thus takes over from Andrea Giavon, who is leaving the institute due to age limit. He received the thanks of the board of directors and all the institute's employees and collaborators for his enormous contribution to the growth of Catas, which he joined when he was very young, in 1984. To say goodbye to Giavon, Catas employees and collaborators collected a sum which, in accordance with the wishes of the past-director himself, was donated to the Santa Maria della Misericordia hospital in Udine for the Covid-19 emergency.

Catas: an excellent 2022 and a 2023 full of activities, investments and programs

2022 closed with a turnover of over 7 million euros, almost 45 thousand tests carried out and more than 200 hours of training
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 18/01/2023

Catas celebrates fifty years of activity

A rich calendar of events and initiatives in Friuli and Brianza
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 28/02/2019

Catas Academy: two interesting seminars in September

An opportunity to learn about current issues
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 11/09/2018

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

Category: Industry news
Publication date: 10/01/2018

In the USA a new norm for the formaldehyde emissions

Catas certification authority recognized by CARB
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 10/02/2017