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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.

Osservatorio Altagamma 2020: an unprecedented decline for the luxury market

The long-awaited appointment with the Altagamma Observatory, which this year was held in digital format, took stock of the state of the art of the luxury sector at international level with the presentation of the Altagamma Consensus for 2021 and the Altagamma-Bain Worldwide Market Monitor 2020.
The data show that even the luxury market, a sector usually more resistant to economic crises, suffered an unprecedented decline in the year of Covid-19: -20/-22%. For Personal Luxury Goods (fashion, jewellery, accessories, cosmetics), the drop is expected to be around -23% in the base scenario. For 2021, however, a recovery of about 14% on average for personal luxury is expected and a return to positive margins of +23%.
The situation and prospects of the industry and high-end markets have emerged from the studies “Altagamma Bain Worldwide Market Monitor 2020“, illustrated by Claudia D'Arpizio and Federica Levato of Bain & Company, and “Altagamma Consensus 2021“, presented by Stefania Lazzaroni of Fondazione Altagamma.
The present and future scenarios were then discussed by Lorenzo Bertelli (Head of Marketing and Head of CSR, Prada Group), Alberto Galassi (CEO, Ferretti Group), Bob Kunze-Concewitz (CEO, Campari GROUP), Gabriele Del Torchio (Chairman and CEO, Design Holding and B&B Italia), Pier Francesco Nervini (COO North & Central Europe & Global Accounts, GLOBAL BLUE).


Altagamma Consensus 2021

Created by Altagamma with the contribution of the 27 leading international specialised analysts, the Consensus estimates double-digit growth in all luxury sectors in 2021, on average 14%.
As far as distribution channels are concerned, in a normalisation scenario, Physical Retail is expected to grow by +15%, after the drop of -20% in 2020, while for Physical Wholesale (+8%) the situation is more critical. Opposite the scenario for Digital: analysts expect it to continue to grow even faster in 2021, due to an acquired aptitude to buy luxury online even with a wider choice. Both Digital Retail (+22%) and Digital Wholesale (+18%) are expected to grow at double-digit rates.
The analysis on the nationality of customers is interesting: 2020 and 2021 forecasts confirm the solidity of the Chinese as the world's leading luxury consumers: their purchases are expected to grow by +20% in 2021, when there will probably be at least a partial return to travelling outside the country. A moderate recovery in consumption is also expected from Europeans (+11%) and North Americans (+12%), following a sharp drop in the current year (between -20% and -30%).
“2021 will be the beginning of the recovery, although a gradual return to pre-crisis levels is expected from 2022,“ said Matteo Lunelli, President of Altagamma. And then he went on to say “The reactivity of companies to the major changes taking place will be crucial. This requires greater investment and a context that encourages them with public investment in research, training, digitization, green transition. The top of the range can be the driving force behind our recovery if it is placed at the centre of our development strategies and recognised as a distinctive element of Italian Soft Power, the core of our image in the world“.


Altagamma-Bain Worldwide Luxury Market Monitor 2020

Produced by Bain & Company, the Altagamma-Bain Worldwide Luxury Market Monitor 2020 analysed the performance of the luxury goods market in 2020 and showed that this sector fell for the first time since 2009, contracting by 23% and closing at 217 billion euros, the most significant decline ever recorded.
Globally, 2020 turned out to be a year of profound changes in the way we live, how we shop and what consumers seek and appreciate. Tourists have not travelled, changing the way and timing of purchasing luxury products. The online purchase of these goods has grown dramatically, doubling its market share to 23% in 2020 compared to 12% in the previous year.
Consumers are increasingly demanding that brands are attentive to their social impact and luxury companies are expected to demonstrate a real and ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability.
The economic scenarios of the luxury market for 2021 are multiple, with a growth forecast ranging from +10/+12% to +17/+19%, depending on macroeconomic conditions, the evolution of the Covid-19, the speed at which it will return to global travel and the recovery of confidence from local consumers. However, the personal luxury goods market is expected to maintain a sustained and positive growth trajectory, returning to pre-crisis levels by 2022/2023.
Luxury brands have faced a year of enormous change. However, we are convinced that the sector is able to emerge from the crisis more determined and dynamic than ever before,“ explained Federica Levato, partner of Bain & Company and co-author of the firm. “By 2030, this sector will change dramatically. It will no longer be a luxury industry, but a market of cultural and creative excellence. In this new context, the winning brands will be those that start from their own excellence, while reinventing the future thanks to a rebellious mentality. Luxury players will have to think boldly to rewrite the rules of the game in the sector“.

CSIL report: scenarios and forecasts for the furniture sector in Italy in 2021-2023

In 2021 a likely rebound effect should support the growth of economic activity
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 23/12/2020

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