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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.

Trends in Corporate Design: Hybrid Spaces - Feb 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague examines trends in the contemporary corporate environment, including trends in flooring and how hybrid spaces offer the best of both open and traditional floor plans.

Carpet Tile Report: Pulling back the curtain - Feb 2015   Full Article
Features editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the carpet tile industry, including 2014 statistics and a round-up of key players, including Interface, Shaw, Mohawk, Mannington, J+J Flooring, Tandus Centiva, Bolyu, Bentley Mills and Milliken.

Resilient Flooring Market Update - Feb 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm takes a close look at the resilient flooring category, with a focus on investments in domestic production (Shaw, Mannington, Armstrong, IVC FloorFolio), along with updates from 24 of the leading resilient flooring firms.

2015 Atlanta International Rug Market Review - Feb 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague reviews the Atlanta Rug Market and trends at the show—including color trends and Pantone's Color of the Year, Marsala. The review also includes reports on product from Oriental Weavers, Momeni, Nourison, Capel and Dalyn.

Pharr Yarns: On the Move - Feb 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr takes a look at Pharr Yarns, which last year celebrated its 75th anniversary, reporting on its impressive journey, its investment in state-of-the-art fiber technology and its acquisition of Phenix Flooring.

Mohawk's IVC purchase, Shaw's LifeGuard, Starnet news   Full Article
Strategic Exchange, Feb 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr reports Mohawk's acquisition of IVC, on forecasts for economic growth and the outlook by Mohawk's Brian Carson, Interior Design's Best of Year awards and discusses developments in the retail environment.

ID Studios designs Volcano Corporation's new offices   Full Article
Designer Forum, Feb 2015—Deborah Elliott, co-founder of ID Studios, describes the California beach inspired design of Volcano's San Diego offices, and the role played by Mirage, Shaw Contract, Atlas and Emser in achieving the look.

Tollefson's Retail Group: Best Practices - Feb 2015   Full Article
Features editor Jessica Chevealier profiles Tollefson's, which as 11 flooring stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. The firm, which also includes 11 Slumberland furniture stores, has been in business for 90 years.

Cluelessness is the reason most people eventually fail   Full Article
People Power, Feb 2015—Contributing editor Sam Allman writes about self-defeating behaviors—shame, blame and justify—and how they arise, and he also offers strategies for avoiding those behaviors and changing one's outlook.

Dealing with the direct sell: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
Feb 2015—Contributing editor Dave Stafford takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of the direct sell, including case studies, and offers compelling strategies for coping with some of the most common scenarios.