Hardware for furniture, upholstery, kitchen, coatings and furnishing systems.

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.

imm cologne 2021 a hybrid format with a targeted exhibition section and a digital platform

The trade fair sector is experiencing a deep crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic; events scheduled before summer 2020 and moved to the end of November have been definitively postponed, see for example Cersaie, Xylexpo while others have preferred to focus on the 100% digital event such as Marmomac in Verona. Trade fair events scheduled at the beginning of January 2021 have already been postponed to May such as Heimtexil in Frankfurt (4-7 May 2021), Domotex in Hanover (18-20 May 2021), Maison &Object in Paris (26-30 March 2021), Ambiente in Frankfurt (17-20 April 2021).
Even imm cologne, the most important event in the sector at the beginning of the year, scheduled to take place from 18 to 24 January 2021, was eventually forced to change the way it was conducted.
In close cooperation with the technical committee and with an eye to the development of the Coronavirus pandemic in Germany and Europe, Koelnmesse has decided that the special edition of imm cologne 2021 will adopt a hybrid format, with a highly targeted exhibition section and a digital platform that will rationally complement the exhibition in Cologne. The Cologne trade fair will feature four exhibition days instead of the traditional seven, from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 January 2021. In 2021 LivingKitchen will be suspended and the kitchen theme will be integrated into the special edition of imm cologne.
“Our aim is clearly to enable imm cologne to take place next January, despite the current extraordinary and extremely complex conditions. imm cologne will launch important ideas for the new year of the furniture industry with a compact exhibition area, enhanced by digital presentation and networking,“ explained Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse.


Innovative stand solutions and the new imm@home platform

The imm cologne team led by Matthias Pollmann and Claire Steinbrück, in collaboration with Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director of imm cologne, has developed various stand models and event formats tailored to current conditions.  A comprehensive hygiene and protection programme has been developed, enabling exhibitors and visitors to move around the exhibition grounds safely and concentrate on business. “On the occasion of this special edition we are offering our exhibitors innovative stand construction solutions that enable them to participate in the fair effectively and comprehensively,“ explained Matthias Pollmann, Vice President of Koelnmesse. “With the new stand models we offer companies an environment in which they can plan a high-class presence in compact spaces and this allows us to bring together the various interior design and kitchen ranges,“ added Claire Steinbrück, Director of imm cologne.
Reduced floor space and open stand configuration also means less staff at the stand and lower costs, and consequently business efficiency and risk minimisation.  The brands will still be able to present themselves in a personalised manner.
The new imm@home platform will not only expand exhibitors' business opportunities, but also reach those visitors who are unable to travel to Cologne due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At imm@home it will be possible to initiate a virtual exchange with the industry, make valuable contacts and promote business. Companies will also be able to present their products in a virtual environment in private online sessions. The imm@home digital platform guarantees every exhibitor real networking, face-to-face meetings and real-time solutions beyond the confines of their stand.
This is how Koelnmesse aims to tackle the crisis with an active approach. However, this special edition of imm cologne will only be a success if exhibitors and visitors follow the organisers' motto: “You make it possible - we make it happen“. (You make it possible - we make it happen.)
“In the coming days we will see how the entire market will welcome our format for the next edition. I look forward to the next imm cologne on 20 January 2021“, with these words Matthias Pollmann looks forward to the coming weeks.

German trade shows: 2022 start sees postponements and cancellations

Current health situation in Germany forces organizers to make this difficult choice
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 13/12/2021
Company: ZOW - Koelnmesse GmbH

interzum 2021: Blum, Häfele and Vauth-Sagel announce their digital participation

Companies choose online mode to present their news in times of health emergency
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 08/02/2021
Company: Blum Julius Gmbh

interzum 2021: a hybrid fair with extremely flexible participation options 

The event will take place from 4 to 7 May in Cologne and on the digital platform interzum@home
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 01/02/2021
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

interzum 2021: a hybrid exhibition format for a safe and purposeful fair

The important event dedicated to supplies, components and semi-finished products for the furniture industry is confirmed from 4 to 7 May 2021.
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 06/12/2020
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

The special edition of imm cologne 2021 cancelled due to the pandemic

The next edition of imm cologne will take place in Cologne from 19 to 23 January 2022.
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 19/11/2020

Smart technologies and digital services: SCM provides woodworking companies with remote support

With the innovative
Category: Woodworking machines and software
Publication date: 06/04/2020
Company: SCM GROUP S.p.A.

"Cosentino We", the new global community for professionals in the sector

Digital platform offers new opportunities for architects, designers and marble workers
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Company: Cosentino Group