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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.

Harmonize binding formaldehyde parameters in panels

Paolo Fantoni has recently been confirmed for the third time as President of the European Panel Federation (EPF), the European organisation representing panel manufacturers.
At the last General Assembly, held in Dunblane, Scotland, President Fantoni declared the urgent need to harmonise the binding parameters of formaldehyde in panels within the EU, both to regulate the import of third party products and to avoid obstacles within the EU market.
“Currently seven on 28 Countries preview a binding limit to the emissions of formaldehyde - Fantoni has explained - and between these, Germany thinks to introduce unilaterally more restrictive rules and different methods of test, that however would go to limit the free competition inside the single market. All this not only creates problems for European producers and leaves open the doors to the import of non-European products that do not meet any standards, but also creates confusion in the final consumer. We therefore call on the new bodies of the European Union to urgently adopt a directive harmonising the matter“.


The EN13986 standard

Panels produced in Europe are generally used in furniture, construction, packaging and many other sectors. The EN13986 standard currently has two formaldehyde emission classes: E2 and E1. Since 2007, the lowest E1 (0.1 ppm - parts per million - as recommended by the World Health Organisation) has been adopted by the member industries of Epf. The Federation intends to push for a precautionary reduction of the volatile substance, based on recent assessments made by the European Chemicals Agency (Echa).
The EPF proposal aims to standardize the rules in all EU countries by introducing the mandatory limit E1, both for the production and import of panels and furniture. At the same time, it requires the introduction of an additional standard, on a voluntary basis, with emissions of half E1, to which individual manufacturers can adhere.


European production of panels

According to Epf's 2018/2019 Annual Report, total European panel production in 2018 was 59.3 million cubic metres, up 1.7% from the previous year, due to increases in chipboard, plywood, hardboard and softboard.
In the first four months of this year the indicators, compared with those of the same period in 2018, speak of a negative reversal of production levels, which decreased by 1.2%, as a result of the uncertainties that affect the downstream industrial chains.


Decorations and finishes from the new Cinque Terre Colors & Natural Collection by Fantoni

State-of-the-art chromatic, material and tactile solutions designed for the furniture industry
Category: Printed Decorative Papers, Ennobled panels
Publication date: 27/04/2022
Company: Fantoni S.P.A.

The innovative material Wasbottle selected for ADI Design Index 2021

Bencore in partnership with Autogrill realizes a 100% recycled and recyclable panel born from the reuse of disused plastics
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 29/11/2021

Alpi wooden surfaces: the new collections under the banner of the combination of color and graphics

Developed in collaboration with Raw Edges and Piero Lissoni, they tell the story of the company's ability to continuously reinvent wood
Category: Multilaminar veneers
Publication date: 26/11/2021
Company: Alpi SpA

Assopannelli's commitment to defending the Italian production of panels

Poplar-growing represents for Italy the most significant internal source of wood for industry
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 25/10/2019

The wide range of Ostermann edgings is enriched with interesting new features

Always in line with current design trends
Category: wooden edges, ABS edges, laminate edges
Publication date: 17/05/2019
Company: Ostermann Italia Srl

The Resysta panel: versatile and sustainable based on 100% recyclable rice husk

The multifunction panels are distributed exclusively for Italy by the Bonomi Pattini Group
Category: Panels, veneers and semi-finished products
Publication date: 16/01/2019
Company: Bonomi Pattini Giuseppe e Figli S.p.A.


New dimension to surfaces
Category: Ennobled panels
Publication date: 12/11/2014