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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.

Fuorisalone 2024: an unprecedented edition

1125 events in the Guide with 838 connected brands, an online audience of 630,000 users, up 23% compared to 2023, from 162 different countries: these are the numbers of the 2024 edition of the Fuorisalone, which confirms itself as the most important appointment of the year in the international design calendar. This year's was an unprecedented edition that saw an exceptional turnout of visitors from all over the world, consolidating Milan's role as a nerve centre for meeting, updating and business for all operators in the sector, as well as for enthusiasts and students. 

According to Confcommercio estimates, Milan Design Week generated an induced revenue of 260 million 800 thousand euros, + 13.7% compared to last year. Fuorisalone.it's induced revenue was + 20% compared to the 2023 edition, with the web platform recording a brand presence with Italy in first place, followed by Germany, France and Switzerland.



Fuorisalone 2024: events throughout the city 

Once again this year, Fuorisalone animated some of the city's lesser-known corners and led to the discovery of new ones: the former railway yards, from Via Farini with the Isola Design Festival to Stazione Centrale with the Dropcity project, the industrial spaces in Via Fantoli with Baranzate Ateliers or the spaces of the former Labò pharmaceutical laboratories up to Villa Bagatti Valsecchi and Villa Borsani in Varedo, the protagonists of this edition of Alcova. The public was also able to enter Milan's most beautiful historical palaces, venues for extremely evocative events and installations: Palazzo Bovara, Palazzo Litta, Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Isimbardi, Palazzo Turati, Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, Palazzo Clerici, Palazzo San Fedele, Palazzo Cusani and the Circolo Filologico Milanese.

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The 'Materia Natura' theme at the centre of many events 

This edition also confirmed the role of design in disseminating to the general public new languages and visions for tomorrow's relationship with the planet: the Fuorisalone 2024 theme 'Materia Natura' was indeed at the centre of many events in the city. From big brands to more independent initiatives, many designers and companies focused on research in the field of sustainability, accompanying improvements in processes and production with new materials and the possibilities offered by recycling and reuse. 

Not only that, designers, universities, curators, artists and companies also brought a rich array of new visions and languages to the city: the great protagonist was once again the rethinking of the relationship with the home, explored in events such as La Casa Dentro by ICA, La Casa Ovunque, IKEA 1st (First), the Glitch Camp by IED, the Runaways inhabitable exhibition by DOPO?, the rooftop camping by BASE, the Foresteria by C41.

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The Ikea 1st installation at the Visconti Pavilion 

Paolo Casati, co-founder of Studiolabo, the organiser of Fuorisalone, said: "Last year's trend is reconfirmed: in this 2024 the companies have continued to choose exhibition and event modes that enhance the dimensions of storytelling and dialogue, in a fundamental moment of synthesis that is the presentation of their research to the public during Design Week". 


Fuorisalone Award 2024 

There was also success for the Fuorisalone Award, now in its third edition, a recognition that rewarded the most distinctive contents and installations on show in Milan from 15 to 21 April and won this year by the Czech brand Lasvit with Re/Creation, the monumental fused glass installation designed by art director Maxim Velcovsky at Palazzo Isimbardi. 

Increasingly coveted by companies and designers, the Fuorisalone Award project was confirmed to be dynamic and innovative, oriented towards creativity and the desire to bring ideas capable of temporarily transforming the face and atmosphere of Milan.

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Lasvit's Re/Creation installation, designed by art director Maxim Velcovsky at Palazzo Isimbardi 


Brera Design District: the most loved and visited district 

Brera once again confirms itself as the district par excellence of the design sector, the most visited and appreciated by professionals and design enthusiasts and the most requested by companies, with more than 280 events in historical buildings, unexpected locations and permanent showrooms. This is confirmed by a 60% increase in users of the website dedicated to Brera Design Week

There were 228 events taking part in the Brera Design Week 2024 circuit (+8% compared to 2023) involving more than 500 companies, designers and 124 permanent showrooms involved in the official circuit out of the 197 present in the district, reconfirming Brera as the most important stage for design on an international level. 

Among private residences, courtyards and secret gardens, Brera revealed its most evocative spaces to the city. Among the special places made visitable during the Brera Design Week were the Sala dei Pilastri of the Castello Sforzesco, the Mediateca Santa Teresa, and the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

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Transitions by Stark at Castello Sforzesco 

The stars of this edition were the glo for art installation, Interni with ENI at the Orto Botanico, Stark with Transitions at Castello Sforzesco, the Design Duo Double Feature by FENIX, Design Space AlUla and MCM at Palazzo Cusani. 

Not only design, but also fashion: the big fashion companies animated Brera Design Week by choosing the district to give life to installations, exhibitions and performances. Hermès as usual chose La Pelota, Saint Laurent the Chiostri di San Simpliciano, Loewe Palazzo Citterio, Miu Miu the Circolo Filologico, Melissa the Falegnameria Cavalleroni, and Loro Piana the Cortile della Seta. 

Fuorisalone and Brera Design Week will take place from 7 to 13 April 2025. 

In the opening photo, "Straordinaria", the installation by Elica, designed by Japanese design studio we+, in the courtyard of Palazzo Litta



Fuorisalone 2024: the world of design meets in Milan

From 15 to 21 April, a packed calendar of events, exhibitions and installations distributed throughout the city and united around the theme 'Materia Natura'.
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 29/02/2024

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

Polyurethane raw materials: Aipef and Europur's analysis of the current market situation

The increase in the prices of raw materials and energy costs worries the sector
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam, Economy and marketing
Publication date: 06/05/2022
Company: Aipef

Poliuretano E’: a new appointment to learn about the qualities of the material

The maintenance of a polyurethane mattress, the theme of the new issue of the editorial series
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam
Publication date: 14/03/2022

The innovative eco-sustainable material Cosmolite by Stone Italiana

A new material that enhances and ennobles the recycled product creating surfaces with high technical performance
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 14/01/2022

Falmec's Light hood gets another important international recognition

It won the Iconic Award 2022: Innovative Interior in the Kitchen and Household category.
Category: kitchen hoods
Publication date: 05/01/2022
Company: Falmec S.p.A.