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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.

ICE-Prometeia report: international trade expected to rebound in 2021

In 2021 international trade will restart by 7.6% in volume and the recovery will consolidate in 2022 with a further growth of 5.3%, bringing imports of the markets analysed back to the levels before the crisis. These are the data emerging from the 18th Report “Evolution of foreign trade by areas and sectors“ produced by ICE Agency in collaboration with Prometeia.


Trade in 2020

The year 2020 closed with a fall in world trade of just over 7% on an annual basis. International trade played a fundamental role in stemming the spread of the epidemic: in the last year, trade flows of emergency-related goods (from protective equipment to pharmaceutical products and medical/healthcare materials) grew in value by 17%. The sector most closely linked to emergency healthcare, pharmaceutical chemicals, has, in fact, experienced an 8% increase in international demand. On the other hand, there were downturns of more than 20% for sectors linked to mobility (Automotive and Other means of transport) or more than 10% for some technological sectors (Mechanics in particular) and consumer sectors (Fashion System and Furniture System), among those of particular importance for Italy.
The renewed need for greater domestic comfort highlighted by household appliances, together with the resilience of sectors such as the agri-food industry, have contributed to progressive upward revisions in forecasts for world trade in goods for 2020, which went from a prospect of a double-digit fall before the summer to a more moderate downturn in the second half of the year.


The megatrends: digitalisation, sustainability and innovation

As regards the different sectors, new themes will strengthen in 2021, which will condition foreign trade in both consumer goods and investment goods.
In the consumer goods sector, a return to the essential and to healthy aspects will favour Food and Furnishings in the Made in Italy sector (respectively +8.5% and +8.4% growth in 2021) but also a recovery, compared to the downturn in 2020, for the Fashion System, which is more linked to sociality (+6.7% the variation expected in 2021). The health aspects of consumption, for example, will be rewarding even after the health crisis has passed, keeping the agri-food chain among the most attractive ones. Among mobility-related sectors, after the sharp fall in 2020, demand will pick up again faster in the automotive sector.
In investment goods, however, there will be a growth in Mechanics, the first sector of national exports (+6.8% forecast for 2021 and a development rate of just over 5% in 2022), and in Electronics (+8.2%), a sector that has shown one of the best holdings even during the most acute phase of the crisis.
More than the sectors themselves, the strategies of those who focus on digitalisation, sustainability and innovation, the new paradigms that will guide industrial policies, production and consumption models in the post-Covid era, will be rewarded.  


The markets

In detail, mature European markets, the traditional point of reference for Italian companies, are destined to partially recover in 2021 what was lost in 2020, and then exceed pre-crisis demand levels the following year. A more accelerated recovery characterises the North American area, which already in 2021 will exceed the import levels of 2019. The recovery times of other areas will be even faster, due to a less intense reduction in volumes during the 2020s (this is the case especially for mature and non-mature Asian countries) or an average more intense restart.
“Some encouraging signs are also coming from the data“ - says Carlo Ferro, President of ICE Agenzia. “Among the G8 countries, Italy is the second lowest in terms of exports and this contribution has helped to mitigate a stronger drop in domestic consumption. Moreover, despite the drop in exports, there are sectoral excellences, the 'export Oscars', which have performed positively on some markets, an indication of the ability of our supply chains to withstand unexpected shocks.“

In the photo, Flou's 2021 Colours and Materials Collection.

The design industry and the challenge of recovery: the theme of the 6th Design Summit Pambianco Interni

Pambianco Research has highlighted how digital and sustainability will be the strongest trends in the medium term
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 02/08/2020

Scm Group: 2019 financial results confirm its financial solidity and reward innovation

The Group closes 2019 with a turnover of more than 700 million euros.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 24/01/2020
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

New version of Lectra's Versalis® Offline: production speed and material savings

The evolution of the digital leather cutting solution offers furniture manufacturers excellent performances
Category: Cutting systems and software for the padding industry
Publication date: 23/01/2020
Company: Lectra Italia

The Report of the Confindustria Study Centre on Italian Industry is presented

Digitisation increases the competitiveness of the manufacturing system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 20/05/2019

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

Rubinetterie Treemme celebrates fifty years of success

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