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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 2022 Report: an economy on a human scale against crises
Green economy and sustainability strengthen competitiveness in companies and the ability to respond to crises: this is what emerges from the GreenItaly 2022 Report, now in its thirteenth edition, created by the Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere, with the collaboration of the Centro Studi Tagliacarne, and presented on 25 last October. The Report highlights through company data and experiences, that sustainability, in addition to being necessary to tackle the climate crisis, also reduces risk profiles for businesses and society, stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship, makes production chains more competitive. 


Green transition, an opportunity to strengthen the economy

Analyzing the data of the GreenItaly Report, the president of the Symbola Foundation, Ermete Realacci, declared: "There is an Italy that can be a protagonist with Europe at COP27 in Egypt: it makes the green transition an opportunity to strengthen economy and society and already involves 2 out of 5 manufacturing companies. Accelerating on renewables and energy efficiency to replace fossil fuels in addition to fighting the climate crisis makes us freer and helps peace. There is already an Italy that makes Italy ready for the challenge of the climate crisis: in the GreenItaly 2022 Report we see an acceleration towards a more human-friendly economy that focuses on sustainability, innovation, communities and territories ".

In 2021, the share of eco-investing companies increased, relaunching the country's green transition process: in fact, it went from a share of 21.4% in 2020 to a share of 24.3% in 2021.

In the five-year period 2017-2021, over 531 thousand companies have decided to invest in green technologies and products: 40.6% of companies in industry have invested, a value that rises to 42.5% in manufacturing.


The most dynamic green companies on foreign markets

What are the reasons for companies to invest in green products and technologies? Eco-investing companies are more dynamic on foreign markets than those that do not invest: 35% of the former expect an increase in exports in 2022 against a smaller 26% of those that have not invested. In addition, turnover (49% against 39%) and hiring (23% against 16%) increase more.

Contracts relating to green jobs, with activation in 2021, represent 34.5% of the new contracts planned for the year. Specifically, the figures sought by companies for the green jobs professions are the most qualified and experienced professionals in relative terms compared to other figures. At the end of the year, the employees who carry out a green job profession amounted to 3,095.8 thousand units, of which 1,017.8 thousand units in the North-West (32.9% of the total national green), 741.2 thousand in the North-West. East (23.9%), 687.9 thousand units in the South (22.2%) and the remaining 648.8 thousand in the Center (21%).


The potential of renewable sources

In 2021, the production of electricity from renewable sources in the world was equal to 28.3% of the total, with wind and solar energy fivefold in 10 years. In 2021, 36% of electricity consumption in Italy was met by renewable sources, with a production of approximately 113.8 TWh. However, the installed power is still far from the climate neutrality targets set for 2030.

The president of Unioncamere, Andrea Prete, stressed that "for years our production world has shown specific attention to the issues of environmental sustainability, and today, also due to the energy emergency, is looking with interest at the potential of renewables. But, unfortunately, the authorization times are slowing down the installation of systems for the production of this type of energy. Suffice it to say that in 2021 only 1,351 MW of power was installed, a figure very far from the target defined by the Government of 70,000 MW to be installed by 2030 ”.


Italy leader in circular economy

An excellent result for the ecological transition and the development of an increasingly green economy also concerns the circular economy where Italy is a leader and has the highest percentage of recycling of all waste: 83.4% (2020), 30 percentage points more than the European average (53.8%) with historical growth in the use of secondary materials in industrial sectors in the two-year period 2020-2021.


The Geographies of the GreenItaly Report

The Geographies of the GreenItaly Report extensively describe the Italian productive sectors, with sustainability and circular economy that are consolidated as themes in the strategies of companies.

In the agri-food chain, Italy has decreased sales of plant protection products by 19%, and is a leader in the European organic sector, with an incidence on the agricultural area used by 17.4% (2021). In addition, Italy is the largest organic district in Europe.

Even in the construction world, as evidenced by the investment data, there is a strong push towards sustainability. Tax incentives and state bonuses recorded a growth in investments (+ 25%) in the redevelopment of the housing stock in 2021.

The furniture-home supply chain, as already noted in the previous editions of the report, is confirmed as strongly active on the sustainability issue: 95% of the wood is recycled to produce panels for furniture, while 67% of the companies use secondary raw materials and '81% sustainably produced wood and recently came up with a plan to accelerate the ecological transition.

The mechanics sector, second in Europe for employees, is dealing with the risk of procurement of critical raw materials of which Italy is heavily dependent on abroad. However, the sector is looking for solutions to extend the useful life of machinery, recover materials to give them new usefulness in the sector, digitize and make processes more efficient.

Even bio-based chemistry, thanks to new products, expands the fields of industrial application, from agriculture to cosmetics, through fuels to furniture.


FederlegnoArredo: new professionals for the digital and green transition

A European project indicates which are the most requested and how they should be formed
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 07/03/2022

Sustainability: from FederlegnoArredo a decalogue to win the green challenge

Italian wood-furniture in the ecological transition: this is the theme of the survey presented at the annual meeting of the Federation
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 11/11/2021

GreenItaly 2020 Report: the most resilient and innovative green enterprises

The Italian wood-furniture industry first in Europe in circular economy
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 09/11/2020

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

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