Article Archives

Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

Schönox APF helps a contractor solve a subfloor problem: Call the Contractor-Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm introduces a new column on challenging contractor projects with the case of the Hensville development project in Toledo, Ohio, where an ancient warehouse subfloor had to be secured an leveled before installing flooring.

Metroflor's Harlan Stone: Focus on Leadership - Feb 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Harlan Stone, co-chairman of Metroflor, discussing how the firm was created, Stone's global journey through the industry, distribution and manufacturing strategies, pivotal decisions and plans for the future.

ANF Architects describe an education project: Designer Forum - Dec 2015   Full Article
Bill Ferguson, owner of ANF Architects, discusses its work on Teacher Town USA, a grouping of education-related nonprofit organizations in Memphis, Tennessee, and Interface tile's pivotal role in redesigning the 1930s warehouse space.

Century Tile & Carpet: Best Practices - Dec 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Century Tile & Carpet, with 11 stores in the upper Midwest. The firm, co-owned by two families for nearly 70 years, does half its business in retail and half in the commercial market.

What do designers want and what do they need? Flooring Forensics - Dec 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Lew Migliore uses Paul Lewandowski's Starnet presentation, "Notes from a Design Junkie," as a jumping off point for a discussion about designers' desire for knowledge, as well as the value of partnerships.

Design Ovations: Kathryn Mease - Dec 2015   Full Article
Kathryn Mease with Tecton Architects describes her current favorite flooring: reclaimed wood floors from ReSawn Timber; metallic carpet effects, like Shaw's Noble Materials or Bentley's Vertex; and hexagonal mosaics, like MSI's Henley Hexagon.

Focus 100 Retail: Top retailers and contractors are coming out ahead - Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on the top 100 flooring retailers and residential contractors, including indepth profiles of key players, updates from buying groups, a chart of the Top 100 in sales and a report on the housing market.

Airport Design Update - Nov 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague discusses the current state of airport renovation and new construction with designers from Corgan, DWL Architects and Planners and Leo A Daly, from funding and budgets to design and flooring specification.

Cersaie, the global tile show, featured elevated geometrics and moody textures - Nov 2015   Full Article
Editor and art director Anne Harr reviews this year's Cersaie show, held annually in Bologna, Italy, reporting on trends in design, pattern, format and construction from leading Italian tile manufacturers.

Coretec patent, Mohawk retreat and UFloor's U.S. facility: Strategic Exchange - Nov 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the issuance of US Floor's Coretec patent, Mohawk's designer retreat and UFloor's new facility in Delaware, as well as analyzing home center hard surface growth and carpet usage declines in hospitality guest rooms.