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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.


The Top 250 Design Survey - October 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm breaks out and analyzes this year's survey of top designers. The survey covers everything from top projects, new markets and hot products to designers' priorities and top problems, along with favorite flooring manufacturers.

Starnet: A 20-Year Retrospective - October 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr puts together testimonials, historical essays from founding members, photos, timelines and focus pieces to illustrate Starnet's impact on the commercial flooring industry over the last two decades.

Hardwood Update 2012 - October 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton takes a look at the domestic hardwood market, covering statistics and trends, as well as highlights from leading distributors and manufacturers, along with a report on retailers.

Raised Access Flooring - October 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton examines the raised access flooring market, including the latest innovations, with a focus on Tate Access Floors, which is the market leader, and Haworth, which is better known for its office furniture lines.

Strategic Exchange - October 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr takes a close look at Tarkett's acquisition of Tandus, a leading commercial carpet mill, and also discusses the political climate, the strengthening of the housing market, and the shift away from opulence in the commercial market.

Designer Forum - October 2012   Full Article
DesignPoint's Pamela Sullivan describes the process of creating a headquarters for Avantor Performance Materials, including how flooring products like Bentley Prince Street broadloom and tile from Casa Dolce Casa played a role.

Focus on Leadership - October 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Bentley Prince Street's Anthony Minite about the firm's new ownership, its market focus going forward, branding, hard surface strategies, and approaches to sustainability, now that the firm is no longer part of Interface.

People Power - October 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey weighs in on the topic of true leadership. Humphrey poses several questions to help pinpoint what makes truly great leaders with enduring influence.

Best Practices - October 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles Touch of Color Flooring, a Pennsylvania based retailer that has found ways to expand during the downturn.

Design Ovations - October 2012   Full Article
Elizabeth Levine, a senior associate at TVS Design, discusses some of her favorite new products, including Milliken's Color Wash tile, Bentley Prince Street's flatweaves, J+J's Emerge tile, Loophouse Rugs, polished concrete, and reclaimed hardwood.