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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.

Inauguration of the new furniture laboratory of Catas

On October 14th the new “Furniture Laboratory“ of Catas was inaugurated, a very modern building in San Giovanni al Natisone that rises from the ashes of the fire of December 20th, 2016.
In less than two years since that dramatic event, the new “Furniture Laboratory“ has been built with an investment of 4 million euros, entirely covered by Catas' own resources.
The new Furniture Laboratory is a two-storey building of over 4,000 square metres. On the ground floor there is a 2,300 square metre laboratory with controlled temperature and humidity, a fibre optic data transmission system and about one hundred machines and equipment for networked testing according to Industry 4.0 standards. In the basement there is a warehouse of 2 thousand square meters and spaces for meetings and training sessions. A 320 kW photovoltaic system has been installed on the roof to produce energy from the sun.
Catas could not better celebrate its fiftieth anniversary since its foundation: the inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of numerous representatives of the institutions and the Italian and international furniture world.
“We faced the difficulties together, teaming up and continuing to work, testing and responding to the needs of our customers as the new laboratory grew day by day,“ said Bernardino Ceccarelli, President of Catas.

A new chapter in the history of Catas

A new chapter in the history of Catas is opening, with 54 employees and more than 50,000 tests every year for 2,000 customers worldwide, with a turnover of more than 7 million euros. The new laboratory will make it possible to further enhance the “productivity“ of the institute.  From January 2020, the laboratory will also be able to count on thirty new test machines for the analysis of formaldehyde emissions and VOC (volatile organic compounds), a subject, that of “indoor pollution“, very much felt in the world of furniture. A positive look towards the future is also testified by the purchase of an area adjacent to the laboratory on which possible future scenarios are already being studied.

Minimum environmental criteria and sustainability at the centre of a webinar promoted by Catas and Manifaktura

Opportunities and tools for companies in the furniture world
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 13/07/2020

Catas wins Cerved's Customer Satisfaction Audit award

Survey shows high degree of customer satisfaction
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 31/05/2019

Catas celebrates fifty years of activity

A rich calendar of events and initiatives in Friuli and Brianza
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 28/02/2019

Catas Academy: two interesting seminars in September

An opportunity to learn about current issues
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 11/09/2018

In the USA a new norm for the formaldehyde emissions

Catas certification authority recognized by CARB
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 10/02/2017