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.

Hardwood Report 2013 - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier takes a look at the state of the hardwood flooring market, including pricing issues, style developments and manufacturer highlights, and with a special focus on capacity.

Carpet Fiber Update - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm discusses developments in the face fiber business. The article features pricing updates, developments in ultra-soft fibers, a discussion about polyester fiber, and a section on highlights from leading fiber producers.

Fiber Focus: Universal Fibers - March 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Bill Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing for Universal, covering everything from nylon 6,6 attributes and comparisons of different fiber types to an update on Universal Fibers and its long-term strategies.

Strategic Exchange - March 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the government's sequester, and also looks at rises in both wholesale flooring prices and store traffic, along with retail strategy. Harr also introduces Floor Focus' new interactive features.

Designer Forum - March 2013   Full Article
Tami Bopp, director of interiors at Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, writes about the design of the Worldwide Training Center for Brink's, the secutity company, and how a balance of transparency and securitity led to the design solution.

Best Practices - March 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Bob's Carpet Mart, a Florida retailer with 15 stores, and discusses the firm's revenue increasing initiatives, which are helping it compete against the big boxes.

Design Ovations - March 2013   Full Article
Brook Prince, senior interior designer at JPC Architects, offers her design picks, including hardwoods both natural (LV Wood) and vividly painted (Model), along with carpet tile for tonal texturing, like Shaw Contract's Unearthed.

Trends in the Corporate Market - Feb 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses design's role in the modern workplace with Rabaut Design Associates founder Jo Rabaut in the context of two corporate case studies in Atlanta, an investment firm and an interactive advertising agency.

Color Trends 2013 - February 2013   Full Article
Kaye Gosline, creative director for Tarkett North America's residential business, discusses the significance of residential trend shifts, and Roby Isaac, creative manager for Mannington's commercial hard surfaces, looks at commercial color trends.

Carpet Tile: 21st Century Flooring - February 2013   Full Article
Editors Jessica Chevalier and Darius Helm offer a comprehensive report on the carpet tile industry, including statistics, trends, challenges and new markets, as well as a look at the top four U.S. carpet tile producers: Interface, Shaw, Tandus and Mohawk.