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 - 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.

Naturally Green - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm takes a look at naturally occurring materials and examines their role in the greening of the flooring industry. Materials include cork, bamboo, linoleum, wool, stone, porcelain tile and terrazzo.

Soft Surface Sustainability - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editors Darius Helm and Ruth Simon McRae write about the state of sustainability on the soft surface side of the flooring industry, including carpet manufacturer highlights, an update on CARE, and a report on the state of green face fiber.

Green Resilient Flooring - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on progress toward sustainability among resilient flooring producers, including highlights from all the major vinyl and rubber flooring manufacturers.

A&D Panel on Sustainability - Aug/Sep 2012   Full Article
Leaders in the architecture and design community answer questions on sustainability, including trends, the momentum of environmental sustainability in the commercial marketplace, different approaches to greening, and overall green progress.