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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.

FSC certification in Italy: from the 2021 report a fast growing trend
According to the new FSC Italy report, published on the basis of data collected from the database until December 31, 2021, certification in the Italian market is growing strongly, thanks also to the enhancement of ecosystem services.

"The trend of FSC certifications confirms a consolidated trend, which has received a very strong acceleration in recent years," said Diego Florian, Director of FSC Italy. "We are increasingly aware of the impacts that exploitation and depletion of natural resources have on the ecosystems themselves and, as a result, on our lives. That's why viable, safe and reliable solutions to problems such as deforestation and the climate crisis are required; and for good reason, Forest Stewardship Council certification is among them".


Certified Forests and Ecosystem Services

There are two types of FSC certification: Forest Management certification, for forest owners and managers, and Chain of Custody certification, for companies processing and/or trading forest products.  Responsible Forest Management (FM) certification ensures that a forest or forest plantation is managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

According to the 2021 report, 75,213.99 hectares are currently certified according to FSC standards in Italy, with a growth rate of about 10% compared to 2020 and among the highest in the last 3 years; this acceleration is due to the contribution of both medium-large public properties and medium-small private realities.

The enhancement of ecosystem services is once again the key asset for forestry companies already certified FSC that want to attract potential investors or simply promote the impacts of responsible forest management on factors such as water, soil, biodiversity, CO2 stock or tourist-recreational and cultural functions.


The FSC chain in Italy

Chain of Custody (CoC) certification guarantees the traceability of materials coming from FSC-certified forests and is essential for applying FSC labels on products.

As of December 31, 2021, there were 3,178 active Chain of Custody (CoC) certificates in Italy, for a total of more than 4,000 production sites involved and a growth of 12.2%, in addition to the 10% increase recorded in the previous two years. Really positive numbers, which confirm how companies and consumers rely on independent and third-party certifications, as in the case of FSC, and on the related production chains. According to Globescan research carried out in 2021, FSC is the most well-known forest certification brand.

The sectors with the greatest increases are once again the packaging sector with 1,210 total certifications, +17% on the 2020 figure, and 176 new certifications. This is followed by the sector of interior and exterior furnishings that sees 608 total certifications, +14% over 2020 and a record 99 new certifications in 2021. Significant are the recent certifications of two important realities of the Italian market: Boffi s.p.a and Scavolini s.p.a. The initiative FSC Furniture Awards 2021, the European competition to reward the most virtuous companies of the sector, was also very popular, with 5 Italian companies winning in different categories and special prizes (out of a total of 11 prizes awarded).

Finally, as regards textiles, there are 130 total certifications, +39.7% and an increase of 37 units compared to the previous year.


FSC, the most well-known forest certification mark

In 2021, 111 companies licensed FSC trademarks for promotional purposes through the Promotional License Agreement (PLA), with 28 new contracts signed and a 44% increase in value over the previous year.

Among the most active sectors are agri-food, retailers, followed by cosmetics and parapharmaceuticals, consulting firms and other NGOs.

The composite woods of the Alpi Legacy collection give new life to "lost" essences

Sustainability as a design philosophy: Alpi makes available ecological woods such as those that are no longer available in nature
Category: Multilaminar veneers
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Company: Alpi SpA

FSC Furniture Awards: the 2022 edition is underway

The fourth edition of the competition expands to 20 countries and innovates the categories in the competition
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 30/05/2022

Designtech: meeting between design companies and innovative start-ups

The first headquarters of the Technological Innovation Hub in the design, furniture and construction sector inaugurated in the Milan Innovation District
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/05/2022

Lighting: L&S Lighting acquires 100% of Forma e Funzione

The operation consolidates the leadership of the L&S Group in the furniture lighting sector
Category: Lighting for furniture, Industry news
Publication date: 02/05/2022
Company: L&S S.p.a.

FSC Furniture Awards 2021: the best sustainable wood-furniture products awarded

The first European edition has highlighted the positive trend of sustainability in the furniture sector
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 06/12/2021

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

Environmental sustainability: responsible consumption and green companies grow in Italy

FSC Italy's 2020 Report confirms the positive trend of sustainability and certification in our country
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 17/02/2021

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

Designing sustainability: the future of Italian furniture according to FSC Italia

FSC certification is a tool to guarantee the sustainable origin of wood and a communication topic for companies in the sector.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 19/10/2020

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