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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.

Sace's Export 2020 Report: a new start for exports

“Open (again) - A new start for exports“ is the title of the Rapporto Export 2020 Sace presented on Thursday 10 September in a web conference by the company's top management, President Rodolfo Errore and Pierfrancesco Latini, in the presence of the Ministers of Economy, Roberto Gualtieri, and of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio.
Every year the Report offers Italian companies a “compass for orientation“, as Alessandro Terzulli, Sace's chief economist, has defined it, who illustrated its contents, which foresee a robust recovery in Italian exports as early as 2021, a recovery that will allow Italian exports of goods to reach 510 billion in 2023.

Exports in sharp decline in 2020

The uncertainties inherited from 2019, the pandemic impact of the Covid-19 and the consequent measures to contain the contagion, which have led to a Great Lockdown, will obviously have an impact this year on economic growth and world trade, which are expected to show largely negative variations. Italian exports of goods, in value terms, are expected to fall sharply in 2020, at the levels of four years ago, and are expected to close with a drop of 11.3%.
In a basic scenario of containment of the pandemic by the end of this year and the effectiveness of the economic policy measures adopted, it is however possible to foresee a robust recovery already in 2021 and a relatively sustained dynamic in the following years.
The expected evolution of Italian exports of services will also be reactive, following the expected collapse in 2020 (-29.5% in the first quarter of the year), mainly due to tourism, with a return to pre-crisis Covid levels as early as next year. The speed of the recovery of what was “lost“ this year from sales of goods abroad remains, however, differentiated according to business sectors and markets.

Italian exports: a heterogeneous picture by sector of activity  

According to Sace's Export Report, greater downward pressure will affect some sectors of intermediate goods, such as metals and, to a lesser extent, rubber and plastic products, which have suffered the interruption of Global Value Chains (GCV) caused by the widespread blockage of production activities in the first half of the year, while the dynamics of chemicals will be less impacted in 2020 thanks in particular to the pharmaceutical component.
Criticism is also expected for consumer goods, particularly in the fashion sector, which will only slowly recover in 2021, while exports of furniture and furnishings will benefit from increased consumer attention linked to longer stays in the home, also as a result of smart working.
Investment goods, especially in transport, instrumental mechanics and electrical appliances, are also at a standstill. On the other hand, Italian exports of agriculture and food are the least affected in 2020, due to a production that did not suffer drastic stops during the lockdown and a demand sustained by the increase in spending on food and drink in the more or less organised distribution channels. In this sense, the physical restrictions imposed on direct contact with consumers and partner companies have made the importance and potential of digital channels and e-commerce for all categories of goods and services even more apparent.


Italian exports: its outlet markets

As every year, the Export Sace Report provides a precise map of geographical areas and sectors to allow Italian exporters to orient their choices. In 2020 Italian exports to the various geographical areas will see a minus sign everywhere: our sales to advanced European countries and North America will fall sharply this year, followed by a restart as early as 2021, although not enough to return to 2019 levels. The biggest recovery in our exports will occur in emerging European and CIS markets, while it will be slower in Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.


The export forecasts in two alternative scenarios  

The high level of uncertainty regarding the evolution of the health emergency at a global level led Sace to simulate two alternative export forecast scenarios, based on different and worsening assumptions compared to those of the baseline scenario, depending on the duration of the Covid-19 emergency.
In a first scenario, Sace considered the possibility of a new lockdown on a global scale in the first months of 2021, while in a second scenario it assumed that the restrictions on economic activity and social distancing measures currently in place in many geographies are loosened more slowly and gradually than in the baseline scenario. In both scenarios, the need to reactivate or maintain restrictions on the movement of people and on both national and international production processes would accentuate the collapse of Italian exports, which in 2020 would be -12% and -21.2% in the two scenarios, respectively. 2021 would no longer be a year of “rebound“, but would see growth still negative in the first scenario and only slightly positive in the second, postponing the full recovery of pre-Covid values to 2023.

FederlegnoArredo: exports drive the wood-furniture supply chain

Europe confirms itself as a market to be maintained and developed, United States on the rise, Arab Emirates and India as new entries
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 14/04/2023

Federlegnoarredo: the slowdown in exports of the wood-furniture chain continues also in July-September

Exports still recorded positive data in the first nine months of 2022, but it is the growth trend that is progressively slowing down in the national territory
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 24/01/2023

SACE Export Report 2022: Italian exports of goods up by 10.3%

Italian exports are confirmed as a driving force for our economy
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 16/09/2022

Export: Sace Report 2021 estimates 11.3% growth of Italian exports

The strong rebound of the global economy will drive Made in Italy sales to higher levels than pre-pandemic levels
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 24/09/2021

Sace's 2021 Risk Map: companies can look to 2021 with cautious optimism

An interactive online world map outlining risk profiles for exporting companies
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 08/03/2021

Magazine #6 – october 2020: for increasingly targeted communication

The new issue of the Magazine will be available both in print and in digital format.
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 04/09/2020

Web potential: advantages and opportunities of the network for companies

Covid-19: Internet traffic +30%, online sales +56.8%, data indicate a strong increase in web communication
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 17/04/2020