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.

Tile Files - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
A primer on Italian tile includes a history of tile development, the importance of the Sassuolo region, and key details on the Cersaie tile show in Bologna, Italy.

Wood Cuts - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Michael Martin discusses the need in the hardwood flooring industry to synchronize production capacity with rising demand, following several years of capacity reductions.

Survey 2012: What the Retailers Think - July 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm analyzes this year's survey responses from across the country, covering topics ranging from favorite hard surface and soft surface flooring manufacturers to the state of the market, top problems and keys to improving business.

NeoCon 2012 - July 2012   Full Article
Floor Focus presents a review of this year's NeoCon show, held annually at Chicago's Merchandise Mart, including new carpet, fiber and hard surface introductions, Best of NeoCon winners, and the major trends at the show.

20 Years: Then and Now - July 2012   Full Article
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Floor Focus team takes a comprehensive look at the last two decades in flooring, including top industry leaders, key innovations, shift in product share, housing trends, acquisitions, and much more.

Rug Market Update - July 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton examines the state of the area rug market, covering market trends and highlights from top players—with a special focus on the role of the Internet in marketing and showcasing rugs.

Strategic Exchange - July 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the qualities of leadership, citing Ray Anderson as an example, and also looks at the challenges involved in putting together a 20-year review of the flooring industry.

Designer Forum - July 2012   Full Article
Environetics' Stephanie Boldon writes about how the themes of earth, sky and water were woven into the interior design of CMM, a forensic accounting firm based in Los Angeles.

Tuft Talk - July 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Frank Hurd makes the case for boosting carpet business by focusing on hiring quality installers and emphasizing certification standards.

People Power - July 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey discusses the issue of time, in terms of how to use the time we have already experienced, how to make the most of our time today, and how best to use our time going forward.