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The Contract Furniture and Furnishings Market in Europe

The fifth edition of the report The Contract Furniture and Furnishings Market in Europe offers an accurate comprehensive picture of the European furniture market, providing 2008-2013 trends for contract furniture production and consumption. Estimates of contract furniture production by main destinations and products are also provided for the year 2013.

The contract furniture market is broken down by the following destination markets:

  • Retail (mass market and luxury);
  • Hospitality (Hotels, residences, tourist villages, etc.).;
  • Office spaces (offices and public bodies: banks, large private customers - Public administration, official residences, embassies...);
  • Real estate (Residential/Building trade);
  • Restaurants and bars (including also "Street contract");
  • Educational (schools/universities);
  • Art and museums;
  • Entertainment (Leisure environments);
  • Healthcare (Hospitals/clinics);
  • Marine (furniture for cruise ships, naval furnishings);
  • Airports.

The analysis of the European furniture market includes: demand drivers (population, GDP per capita) and purchasing process, including description of over 50 designers, contractors and decision-makers.

A 2020 forecast is given for selected town markets: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich

Among the considered products: Upholstery, Bedrooms and mattresses, Contract tables and chairs, Kitchen furniture for real estate, Commercial lighting fixtures, Bathroom furniture and fittings, Office furniture, Shop fittings.

Considered countries include Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Around 100 leading contract furniture manufacturers are described, including estimated market shares by destination segment geographical coverage and manufactured product.

A financial analysis of the contract furniture sector is based on a sample of around 100 companies, using 2008-2012 balance-sheets. Main indicators: Turnover, Added Value, Cash Flow, ROE, ROA, EBITDA, added value per employee, solvency ratio. Performance of 20 market leaders is given in detail.

Addresses of around 500 key-contacts, including 200 relevant architects, 30 among the main magazines addressing the contract furniture market, 120 among the main Contractors and the top 150 hotel chains worldwide.

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It is estimated that there are 6 billion sq m of useful commercial floor space in Europe (27) plus Switzerland and Norway. They include wholesale and retail spaces (28%), offices (23%), educational (17%), hospitality (11%, including hotels and restaurants), hospitals (7%), sports facilities (4%), others (11%, including entertainment spaces, arts and museums, religious, etc).

Europe is house to around 22 million enterprises and business activities and every year over 2 million enterprises and business activities start, frequently requiring some new furniture to a certain extent. 25,000 of these start ups are of sizeable dimension (10 employees or more).


Table of Contents

Table of Contents and selected companies mentioned

1. Research field and methodology

2. Market size, activity trend, competition by main segments

  • 2.1 Market size
  • 2.2 Activity trend
    • Europe. Production and consumption in the contract furniture sector, 2008-2013. Euro million and average annual percentage changes
  • 2.3 Main destinations
    • Europe. Production in the contract furniture sector by main destinations, 2013. Euro million and % values
  • 2.4 Main products
    • Europe. Production in the contract furniture sector by main products, 2013. Euro million and % values
  • 2.5 Main players
    • Europe. Contract furniture sales of top 50 companies, 2013. Euro million and % market share

3. Top players by destination

  • Europe. Contract furniture sales of a sample of companies for the following segments
    • Retail (mass market and luxury)
    • Hospitality
    • Office spaces
    • Real estate
    • Restaurants, bars
    • Educational
    • Art and Museums
    • Entertainment
    • Healthcare
    • Marine
    • Airports

4. Geographical coverage: main players and perspectives

  • Europe. Production and consumption in the contract furniture sector for the following countries country, 2013. Euro million
    • Austria, Germany and Switzerland
    • Belgium, France and the Netherlands
    • Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
    • Greece, Portugal and Spain
    • Ireland and United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Central-Eastern Europe and Russia
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • Asia
    • America

5. Selected products

  • Bathroom furniture and equipment
  • Bedroom furniture and mattresses
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Office furniture
  • Kitchen furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Shop fittings
  • Tables and chairs
  • Upholstered furniture

6. Financial analysis

7. Fast Cities to Watch for the Contract business

8. Designers and decision-makers

Appendix: list of companies interviewed and/or mentioned and other useful contacts

Selected companies mentioned:

Adam Tihany Design, Alex Kravetz Design, Appia Contract, Arper, B&B Italia, Cassina, Dula Werke, Figueras, Fritz Hansen, Havelock, Heesen Yachts, Interna, ISG Retail, Itab Shop, Kare Design, Kinnarps, La Fortezza, Mobil Project, Offect, Pedrali Molteni, Pierre Yves Rochon, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Rolf Benz, Saporiti, Tino Sana, Van Keulen, Vereinigte, Vitra, Yudigar, Wilkhahn

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