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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.

Sintered stone: an ecological material officially recognised by the European Commission

Sintered Stone is a material, produced in large-size slabs, highly resistant to scratches, temperature changes, fire, saltiness, humidity and UV rays. Above all, it is an ecological material made from a mixture of 100% natural minerals without resins, inks or petroleum derivatives, free of crystalline silica and the result of a reversible process that, at the end of its life, allows it to return to its initial state and be reused.

This material, which is widely used in the world of construction and product design, has now been officially recognised by the European Commission and EOTA (European Organisation for Technical Assessment), which has defined a new product category called 'Sintered Stone' and included it in the European Assessment Document (EAD).


A CE marked material

According to the definition in the EAD document, sintered stone is "an industrial product consisting of a moist mixture of minerals, without the use of resin or cement. The material is cold-formed by vibrocompression under vacuum and consolidated, after drying, by sintering at temperatures between 1,100 and 1,200°C. The production process is reversible. The material can be used in architecture and design for various interior and/or exterior applications and can be installed by means of adhesives, structural bonding or mechanical fixings'.

EAD 090142-00-0404 also contains the list of essential characteristics of sintered stone and specifies the test methods required to verify the performance of this innovative surface. Surfaces that meet the dimensional and performance specifications defined by the European Commission will be able to receive the CE mark and circulate even more easily within the European Community.


Sintered stone: great versatility of use

The characteristics and high performance of sintered stone allow great versatility of application in architecture for ventilated facades and roofing, for horizontal and vertical surfaces both indoors and outdoors, and are particularly suitable for the production of kitchen tops and tables.

This important recognition by the European Commission clarifies the different specificities of the product categories Sintered Stone and Ceramics, thus avoiding overlapping and confusion of terms and placing Sintered Stone on a par with other quality materials in the European Commission.

The Chiglia table by Marmo Arredo wins the Archiproducts Design Awards 2023

Designed by Stefano Boeri Interiors, it combines aesthetics and functionality, using fine and sustainable materials
Category: Economy, News and Fairs
Publication date: 20/11/2023
Company: Marmo Arredo Spa

Mathera surfaces from SAIB Egger Group: versatile and transversal for all rooms in the home and contract sector

Inspired by the world of stone, Mathera is an innovative surface project dedicated to the world of furniture and interior design
Category: Technological materials for furniture, Chipboard panels
Publication date: 29/09/2023

The company has patented the mineral formula for a material completely free of crystalline silica
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 26/01/2022
Company: Lapitec S.p.A.

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

Lapitec® presents the first sintered stone slabs in the world with a through vein

A material with strong innovative connotations, an important technological achievement, the result of years of intense research
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 29/11/2019
Company: Lapitec S.p.A.

interzum 2019: innovative surfaces, sustainable materials and new technologies

Trends and novelties for tomorrow's spaces on show
Category: Fairs
Publication date: 15/05/2019
Company: Interzum - Koelnmesse GmbH

Lapitec sintered stone slabs: new colours and high-tech kitchen tops

Projects and solutions in line with market demands
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Company: Lapitec S.p.A.

Laminam, ceramic slabs of large size and minimum thickness

Solutions to satisfy both the architecture and furniture world
Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Company: Laminam S.p.A

Category: Technological materials for furniture
Publication date: 10/11/2017
Company: Lapitec S.p.A.