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 - May 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr examines the downsides of negative selling, the influence of contract dealers, the recession's impact on ceramic tile distribution, the NWFA's new focus on commercial designers, and print versus the Internet.

Designer Forum - May 2012   Full Article
Rebecca Donner, founder and principal of Inner Design Studio, writes about her firm's design of the Loma Linda University Medical Center, focusing on the relationship between design and function.

Best Practices - May 2012   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton profiles Carpet World of Bismarck, a North Dakota family-run flooring retailer located in one of the few booming regions of the nation, thanks to shale oil development.

People Power - May 2012   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey draws life and leadership lessons from the Masters golf tournament, covering five areas: the power of place, the power of the people, the power of publicity, the power of points and the power of purpose.

2012 Vision Awards - April 2012   Full Article
Floor Focus profiles this year's award winning projects of the third annual Vision Awards. The article includes photo essays of the winning project (designed by Wight & Company) and the category winners, and images of the honorable mention projects.

Ceramic: Industry Overview - April 2012   Full Article
Editors Darius Helm and Jessica Chevalier take a close look at the U.S. ceramic tile industry, covering domestic production, leading importers, new technologies and trends, sustainability, and what makes the U.S. market different from other markets.

Cleaning & Maintenance Update From April 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm discusses the reasons for flooring industry professionals to get into the cleaning and maintenance business, focusing on certifications as well as the programs being promoted by the independent contract dealer networks.

Software Review 2012 - April 2012   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier offers an update on flooring software programs, with a close look at cloud computing, including how it works and how it can benefit floorcovering providers.

Cevisama 2012 - April 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on this year's Spanish tile show, held annually in Valencia, Spain. The article includes the state of the Spanish tile market, trends in Spanish tile, and highlights from all the major producers that do business in the U.S.

Brazilian Tile Show: Revistir - April 2012   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr reports on Revistir, Brazil's tile and stone show, which saw a 14% growth in attendance this year. This is Floor Focus' first report on the Brazilian show.