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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.

Sensorial Surface Design: the new Master of the Politecnico di Milano on the perceptive and technical aspects of surfaces
"Sensorial Surface Design - Color, Material and Finish design for interiors and furniture": this is the name of the new Master of the Politecnico di Milano, managed by POLI.design and carried out in collaboration with Assopannelli of FederlegnoArredo, presented on May 30 in Milan at the headquarters of POLI.design within the Bovisa Campus.

This new training product aims to train professionals able to manage all the theoretical, technical and practical aspects related to color, materials and finishes as well as the emotional identity of surfaces, as well as CMF design experts capable of analyzing trends and transformations to meet the new needs of production sectors and markets.


Collaboration between PoliMi and important companies

The strengths of the Master are the university training of the Politecnico di Milano and the close connection with companies and agencies.
The scientific direction was in fact entrusted to Professor Mario Bisson, associate professor at the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic, Scientific Director of the Color Laboratory of the Design Department, promoter and co-founder of the Interdepartmental Laboratory of the Milan Polytechnic EDME.  In addition to Mario Bisson, to coordinate the new Master, there is also Professor Cristina Boeri, Architect, PhD, adjunct professor of Color and perception at the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano and one of the founders and current president of the Color Association placemaking.

Among the technical partners of the Master, in addition to the presence of Assopannelli - Federlegno, there are primary companies in the sector such as Abet Laminati, ALPI, Fantoni, Saib, Gruppo Mario Saviola, Tabu, Lanta, Cleaf.

“The Master was born in response to the growing demand from companies and the market for professionals able to operate on the perceptual, sensorial and emotional aspects of the project - declared Mario Bisson. "The perceptual component is what the artifact has as a tool for interfacing with the world of the human senses. Over the years, companies have considered this component an essential parameter to make a product successful on the market".

Training of new professional figures

Theoretical lessons, testimonials and technical insights, related to practical activities and workshops to be held in blended mode (online and in person) will constitute the teaching, in English, of the Sensorial Surface Design Master.

The introductory and specialist lessons will be entrusted to professors of the Politecnico di Milano, and to professionals and sector experts from the business world. To these will be added practical activities and workshops to acquire project and management skills as well as participation in project work conducted in small teams.

"The training contents of this Master are deeply linked to the culture of Italian design and the innovative experiences gained in the field of primary design and CMF design" - explained Cristina Boeri.

"It is essential to identify the new professional figures necessary for the growth of our Made in Italy design - commented the President of FederlegnoArredo, Claudio Feltrin - responding to the needs of a market increasingly oriented not only to the technical aspects related to color, materials and to finishes, but also to intangible values ​​connected to the sensory experience and the perception of value of a product.Questo innovativo percorso di insegnamento si inserisce nella strategica collaborazione tra POLI.design e filiera legno-arredo, in uno scambio virtuoso tra progettazione e formazione”.


Master: requirements and cost

The Master is aimed at a maximum of 25 candidates holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree/Master’s Degree in design, engineering, architecture. For foreign applicants, equivalent qualifications will be considered valid in their respective systems of study.  The Master, which will start in October 2022, has a cost of € 12,000.

Poliuretano-è: the sustainable and technological innovations of flexible polyurethane foam on show at Superstudio Più

A project in partnership with Materially Now: the first "circular exhibition" to give polyurethane foam a second life
Category: Flexible polyurethane foam
Publication date: 12/04/2024
Company: Aipef

Assopannelli and POLI.design together with the aim of training new professional figures

A Master's degree in furniture surfaces to help meet the evolving needs of the sector and international markets
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 10/08/2023

Design Economy 2023: the role of design in the ecological transition

The report, presented at the ADI Design Museum, offers a snapshot of the value generated by design for the competitiveness of the national production system
Category: Economy and marketing
Publication date: 21/04/2023

POLI.design and Italy China Foundation: strategic agreement for the promotion of the culture of Italian design in China

The collaboration includes the creation of educational programs, training initiatives aimed at students and companies, and cultural events
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 04/05/2022

FederlegnoArredo: new professionals for the digital and green transition

A European project indicates which are the most requested and how they should be formed
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 07/03/2022

High cost of energy: strong impact also on the companies of the sector

Unionplast, FederlegnoArredo and Confindustria ask for urgent measures to the Government
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 01/02/2022

Gekil® antibacterial treatment by Marmo Arredo for sanitised and protected kitchen tops

A high-tech solution that eliminates pathogens from surfaces 24 hours a day
Category: Kitchen tops
Publication date: 26/02/2021
Company: Marmo Arredo Spa

Antibacterial surfaces: testing and evaluation of effectiveness a current issue addressed by Catas

Antibacterial effects and sanitizing treatments on different types of furniture surfaces
Category: Industry news
Publication date: 07/06/2020