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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 Report 2023: Italy in the forefront of the green transition

The GreenItaly 2023 Report, realised by the Symbola Foundation and Unioncamere, with the collaboration of the Tagliacarne Study Centre and the patronage of the Ministry for the Environment and Energy Security, recounts an Italy that is already in the forefront of the green transition. An Italy that, by focusing on sustainability, innovation, territories and communities, is moving towards an economy on a more human scale and therefore more capable of facing crises. 

The fourteenth edition of the Report was presented in Rome on 31 October by Ermete Realacci, president of the Symbola Foundation, and Andrea Prete, president of Unioncamere; Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, Minister for the Environment and Energy Security, and Alessandro Rinaldi, director of studies and research at the Guglielmo Tagliacarne Chamber of Commerce Study Centre, attended the meeting.


Green companies cope better with crises 

The Report is a journey through numbers and stories of the Italian green economy that shows how sustainability can support companies in responding to crises and improving their competitiveness. 

"There are 510,000 Italian companies that have invested in the green economy in the last five years and there are 3.2 million greenjobs. - says Ermete Realacci - Accelerating investments in green transition and renewable energies increases financial stability as shown by the studies of the ECB and the Bank of Italy, gives strength to Made in Italy, reduces medium-term costs for families and businesses, and strengthens our energy independence. We are a European superpower of the circular economy and this makes us more competitive and capable of the future'. 

Andrea Prete, President of Unioncamere, goes on to say that 'GreenItaly, with its numbers and business stories, clearly highlights the commitment of the Italian production system to the green transition. Thanks to a trend of corporate investments in the direction of environmental sustainability that has not stopped even in the most difficult periods - such as those linked to the pandemic crisis and world conflicts - for years we have in fact been among the eco-leading countries in Europe'.


GreenItaly 2023 Report: eco-investments and green jobs 

Let us come to the data of the GreenItaly 2023 Report. In the five-year period 2018-2022, 510,830 companies made eco-investments, equal to 35.1% of the total, or more than 1 in 3. 

In terms of employment, at the end of last year, professional figures related to the green economy accounted for 13.9% of total employment, 3,222,000. In 2022, the contracts activated for these figures amounted to 1,816,120, 35.1% of the total contracts planned for the year (about 5.2 million), an increase of 215,660 units compared to the previous survey. 

Among the company areas most affected by the total number of activations are design and development (87% incidence), logistics (81.7%) and marketing and communication (79.2%). Looking more broadly at the demand for green skills and culture, in 2022 - out of a total of almost 5.2 million contracts expected in the labour market - this knowledge was considered necessary in 81.1% of cases, for about 4.2 million contracts. 

At a territorial level, the North-West is confirmed as the area with the highest number of green activations planned, 598,250 units in 2022, marking an increase of 13.5% over the previous year.

The most significant growth rate is recorded in the Centre, +15.9% between 2021 and 2022 (323,590 new green contracts at the end of the period), while growth is less than the national average in the South, +11.2% (453,620 green contracts).

In terms of green jobs, the North-West is once again the leader with 39.2%, followed by the North-East (35.4%), both with values above the national average (35.1%). Below the national average, on the other hand, is the Centre with 31.7% of green contracts out of the total macro-area and the South and Islands. 

At the regional level, Lombardy continues to stand out as the most dynamic region, with 421,170 new green jobs contracts expected in 2022 (up 14.7% compared to 2021). The first four regions in terms of number of green jobs activations (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Latium) account for 51.9% of new contracts. 

At a provincial level, Milan also marks the highest number of green activations in 2022 (186,360 contracts expected, equal to 10.3% of the total number of green jobs contracts on a national scale and 41% of the total activations expected in the province).


Circular economy: excellent results for Italy 

Italy is a leader in the circular economy and has the highest percentage of the total amount of waste, both urban and special: 83.4%, more than 30 percentage points higher than the European average, with a historic growth in the use of secondary materials in industrial sectors in the 2020-2021 period. 

An excellent result for the ecological transition and the development of an increasingly circular economy. On the subject of the circular economy, it should be noted that in 2022 Italy approved the National Strategy for the Circular Economy, which defines the following objectives: to foster the market for secondary raw materials; to extend the responsibility of producers and consumers; to spread sharing practices and the principle of 'product as a service'; and to define a roadmap of actions and objectives up to 2040. 

The strategy is part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRP), with a specific allocation of EUR 2.1 billion to improve waste management and the circular economy through a package of investments and reforms, including the adoption of the National Strategy for the Circular Economy and the National Waste Management Plan.


GreenItaly 2023: the wood-furnishing sector companies 

The GreenItaly 2023 Report also recounts and highlights the experience of 36 of the wood-furnishing sector companies that are members of FederlegnoArredo. 

As we find written in the Report, the supply chain stands out for its commitment to sustainability: starting from the theme of environmental protection through the regeneration of natural habitats and the contribution to the improvement of the management of the national forest heritage, moving on to the increasing use of renewable raw materials or semi-finished products and consequently also the diffusion of circular business models and new Ecodesign criteria. 

FederlegnoArredo is one of the founding members of the Cluster Nazionale Italia Foresta Legno (Italian National Forest Wood Cluster), established in July 2023 to promote and support initiatives between the forestry world and the world of first and second wood processing. 

The Federation has also always been committed to the development of multiple projects in order to meet the different needs introduced by the green transition facing the wood-furniture sector at European level. The importance of the circular economy for companies is undeniable. This approach not only helps mitigate environmental problems, but also offers economic benefits and growth opportunities. Businesses that embrace circularity demonstrate that they are at the forefront of sustainability and can thrive in a world where responsibility amb

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