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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.

GreenItaly 2020 Report: the most resilient and innovative green enterprises

Once again this year the Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere have published the GreenItaly 2020 Report, which contains trends and analysis on the “green“ behaviour of Italian manufacturing companies. The report was presented in live streaming on 29 October by Ermete Realacci, President of the Symbola Foundation and Giuseppe Tripoli, Secretary General of Unioncamere, in the presence of Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy and Vincenzo Amendola, Minister for European Foreign Affairs.
The results of the Report show that over 432 thousand Italian companies in industry and services have invested in green products and technologies over the last 5 years (2015-2019); almost one in three, an increase in value compared to the previous five years, when there were 345 thousand (24% of the total). 2019 even peaked with almost 300 thousand companies investing in sustainability and energy efficiency.


Green companies face the crisis better

These data refer to the pre-Covid period, but according to a survey carried out by Symbola and Unioncamere in October 2020 on 1,000 manufacturing companies with 5-499 employees, it was found that green companies were more resilient and more reactive in the face of the crisis caused by Covid-19. Among the companies that made investments for sustainability, 16% managed to increase their turnover, compared to 9% of non-green companies. The competitive advantage of eco-investing companies is confirmed in such a complex period also in terms of employment and exports. This is also due to the fact that green companies innovate more, invest more in R&D and use, or plan to use, 4.0 technologies to a greater extent. The survey also clearly shows that green and digital together strengthen the competitive capacity of our companies.
“There is an Italy ready for the Recovery Fund and the green economy is the best response to the crisis we are going through - says the president of the Symbola Foundation Ermete Realacci - in fact, the GreenItaly Report shows an acceleration towards the green of the Italian entrepreneurial system“.
The Secretary General of Unioncamere, Giuseppe Tripoli, stressed that four fundamental points emerge from the Report:
1- The green transition is a path on which Italian companies have already embarked: a quarter of them, despite the adversities of this period, intend to invest in sustainability also in the next three years.
2 - Companies in the green economy are more resilient: in 2020, they recorded lower turnover losses than the others, are more optimistic than the others and believe they will recover their pre-crisis levels of activity within 1-2 years.
3 - Green companies innovate more, invest more in R&D, use 4.0 technologies more and favour 4.0 skills.
4 - Youth companies look more to green: in the past three years 47% of companies under 35 have invested in the green economy compared to 23% of other companies.


The wood-furniture supply chain is the first in Europe in a circular economy

In the GreenItaly 2020 Report, the contribution of FederlegnoArredo, which in the chapter dedicated to the wood-furnishing sector, has also made a significant contribution this year, describing and enhancing the experience of as many as 46 member companies.
The data of the supply chain as a whole are encouraging, but what emerges most clearly is that relating to the circular economy. The Italian wood-furniture industry is in fact the first in Europe in a circular economy: 93% of chipboard panels produced in Italy are made of recycled wood. In addition, it produces fewer climate-altering emissions than other major European countries: 26 kg per 1,000 euros of production, compared to 43 in Germany, 49 in France and over 200 in Spain.
Much of the wood used by FederlegnoArredo member companies comes from PEFC and/or FSC certified forests or plantations, i.e. managed in a correct and responsible manner according to strict environmental, social and economic standards: moreover, the presence of environmental certifications is widely present throughout the supply chain.
The crisis at Covid-19 has imposed on the industrial fabric the need to push sustainability even further. Even before the pandemic, Assarredo developed the 'Sustainability Project', which aims to use the sustainable transition announced by the EU as an opportunity for development and competitiveness for the entire supply chain. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2025, proposes a periodic survey of the performance and needs of member companies in order to identify and measure the actions to be implemented: from the training programme, to tools and initiatives to encourage innovation in the environmental field, to a new communicative positioning of the sector on sustainability issues.

GreenItaly Report 2023: Italy in the forefront of the green transition

510 thousand Italian companies in the last five years have invested in the green economy and sustainability to face the future
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 03/11/2023

GreenItaly 2022 Report: an economy on a human scale against crises

The green economy accelerates: 531 thousand Italian companies in the last five years have invested in sustainability to face the future
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 31/10/2022

GreenItaly 2019 Report: the Wood - Furniture system confirms its leadership in sustainability

The Report shows an acceleration towards the green of the Italian entrepreneurial system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 21/11/2019

Expanded polyurethane: Europur & Euro-Moulders 2019 annual conference in Lisbon

Circular economy and recycling are among the topics covered
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam
Publication date: 20/09/2019

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019: visitors and business are growing

Creativity and sustainability among the elements that characterize this edition
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 15/04/2019

At interzum 2019 the ideas and innovations for the furniture industry and interior design

The Surfaces & Wood Design Square presents the materials for tomorrow's furniture
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 18/03/2019
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

Materials Village 2018: technologies dedicated to colour and sustainability

Two large installations designed by Studio Marco Piva and Yona Friedman
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 05/04/2018

Rubinetterie Treemme celebrates fifty years of success

Great attention to high quality and service
Category: Taps and fittings
Publication date: 05/02/2018

Category: Trade associations
Publication date: 30/11/2017