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.

Strategic Exchange - January 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses consumer market research and preliminary year-end flooring numbers, as well as management changes at many of the top flooring firms and a not on the closing of Blue Ridge Carpet Mills.

Designer Forum - January 2012   Full Article
Steven Rothe, an interior designer with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, writes about his firm's design of the Louisville Free Public Library and how carpet tile and linoleum were used to define areas in library's large, open public space.

Best Practices - January 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles Highland Hardwoods, The New Hampshire based firm is primarily a hardwood lumber distributor, but in recent years the firm has found a profitable niche in high end hardwood flooring.

Design Ovations - January 2012   Full Article
Architect and interior designer Nancy Thiel offers up her favorite new flooring products, including porcelain tiles both metallic looks and natural looks as well as ABC Carpet & Home's Color Reform line of traditional rugs in eye-popping colors.

Digital Evolution - January 2012   Full Article
Jay Flynn discusses the significance of social media tools to the flooring industry and how best to approach getting involved in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to boost brand identity and sales.

Contract Dealer Survey - December 2011   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm analyzes the results of this year's contract dealer survey, covering the challenges of working in the market, favorite carpet and hard surface manufacturers, product trends, and the inexorable rise of carpet tile.

Legacy of a Visionary Leader - December 2011   Full Article
In this tribute to Interface founder Ray Anderson, Ray's associates share their thoughts on what made the environmental pioneer a leader and a visionary.

Rug Market Update - December 2011   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier talks to the biggest rug manufacturers in the U.S. market about markets, channels, fibers and design trends, and she also takes a look at what these manufacturers are doing to maintain their share of the market.

Surfaces Preview - December 2011   Full Article
Editor and art director Anne Harr offers an image-heavy preview of new products coming to Surfaces 2012, covering all flooring and supply categories.

Redi Carpet Celebrates 30 Years   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton reports on Redi Carpet's 30th anniversary. Over the last few years, Redi Carpet, a flooring retailer headquartered in Stafford, Texas, has completed a string of acquisitions, including Seagull Floors and Solar Contract.