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 - April 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr covers a range of issues, including the likelihood of a strong selling season, Scott Humphrey's new role heading up the National Wood Flooring Association, and challenges with vacuuming ultra-soft fiber.

Focus on Leadership - April 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Svend Hovmand, chairman emeritus at Crossville, covering everything from how he made his way up through the business to his role in establishing the first full-scale porcelain tile facility in the U.S.

People Power - April 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Scott Humphrey writes about the necessity of change to keep growing and improving, and offers suggestions on how to meet the various challenges that this can bring.

Design Ovations - April 2013   Full Article
Julie Alton, an interior designer with Wight & Company, weighs in on her favorite flooring options for art gallery applications, including bamboo, Brazilian cherry hardwood and terrazzo.

Best Practices - April 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles O'Krent's Abbey Flooring Center in San Antonio, Texas. The 98-year-old business focuses on community involvement in order to weave itself into the fabric of the San Antonio culture.

Surfaces Highlights 2013 - March 2013   Full Article
The Floor Focus editorial team reviews new products at this year's Surfaces show in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay from all of the leading flooring manufacturers, and also distills the key flooring trends for 2013.

Healthcare: Senior Living - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the state of the senior living market, including a focus on the challenges of senior living design and role of flooring in providing solutions, and also takes a look at the Idea House by Atlanta's THW Design.

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.