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.

Tarkett's Resilient HQ: An up close look at U.S. headquarters   Full Article
Jan 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr takes a look at Tarkett's 51,000 square foot headquarters in Solon, Ohio and discusses how the design of the interior space showcases both the values of the firm and its various brand identities.

Distributors' Perspective: Success from evolving with the market   Full Article
Jan 2015—Features editor Jessica Chevalier examines the state of the flooring distribution business with prominent distributors, including Fishman Flooring Solutions, Galleher Corporation and Erickson's Flooring & Supply.

Mohawk's outlook, A&D awards, retail segment evolution   Full Article
Strategic Exchange, Jan 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr reports on forecasts for economic growth and the outlook by Mohawk's Brian Carson. He also covers Interior Design magazine's Best of Year awards and discusses developments in the retail environment.

Don Maier, CEO of Armstrong Floor Products: Focus on Leadership   Full Article
Jan 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Don Maier, discussing his background, his Lean transformation of Armstrong, the power of the Armstrong brand, sustainability, key influencers, manufacturing changes and long-term sustainability objectives.

L.S. Associates renovates UGA with Tandus Centiva carpet   Full Article
Designer Forum, Jan 2015—Lisa Strzelecki, owner of L.S. Associates, describes her firm's renovation of a space in the main library of the University of Georgia, and how Tandus Centiva carpet helped define and elevate the space.

Grigsby's Carpet, Tile and Rug Gallery: Best Practices   Full Article
Jan 2015—Features editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Grigsby's Carpet, Tile and Rug Gallery, which does business through its 20,000 square foot showroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grigsby's serves the commercial, builder and residential remodel markets.

Good salespeople care about their customers: Successful Selling   Full Article
Jan 2014—Contributing editor Sam Allman makes a case for finding ways to create meaningful bonds with potential customers, and discusses how this translates to a better bottom line.

Erline Altamira-Axminster carpet, Emser, Interface   Full Article
Design Ovations, Jan 2014—Erline M. Altamira, a project designer at Wilson Associates, describes her current favorite flooring, including Axminsters, carpet tile from producers like Interface, and natural stone looks from firms like Emser.

Facility Managers Survey 2014 - Dec 2014   Full Article
Floor Focus' editorial staff analyzes the results of the biennial Facility Managers Survey, covering topics from top problems, hot products, trends in business and changes in the workplace to favorite carpet and hard surface manufacturers.

Area Rug Report: Rug retailers must adapt to compete   Full Article
Dec 2014—Senior editor Calista Sprague reports on developments in the area rug business, including a look at both heirloom and modern rugs, a discussion abut shifts in fiber use, and an analysis of the shifts in retail channels in recent years.