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.

California's Picketfence Design: Best Practices   Full Article
Nov. 2014—Features editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Picketfence Design, a builder and retailer operation with two locations in California. The firm started off exclusively focusing on the builder side, and started its retail operation in 2010.

The evolution and future of inkjet technology: Tile Files   Full Article
Nov. 2014—Claudio Caselli, VP of research and development for Dal-Tile Corporation, discusses digital inkjet technology, from early technological developments to production efficiencies to the opportunities for design offered by inkjet technology.

Finding purpose fuels drive: Successful Selling   Full Article
Nov. 2014—Contributing editor Sam Allman recounts his epiphany when he was young and working with his father about the impact of selling flooring, and he discusses the importance of finding meaning in one's work and offers useful tips to get there.

Tina Syring: Bolon, Chilewich - Design Ovations   Full Article
November 2014—Tina Syring, an interior design consultant in Dallas, Texas, describes her favorite flooring material, woven vinyl flooring, with images from both Bolon and Chilewich.

The Top 250 Design Survey 2014: Design firms weigh in on Commercial business   Full Article
Oct 2014—Executive editor Darius Helm analyzes the results from this year's survey of top A&D firms, including trends, growth categories, budgets, markets, top problems and rankings for the A&D community's favorite flooring manufacturers.

Hardwood Update: Engineered hardwood is taking marketshare   Full Article
Oct 2014—Features editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the state of the hardwood flooring industry, with a focus on engineered hardwood and updates from mills, including Mannington, Armstrong, Mullican, Shaw, Mirage, Mohawk, Somerset and more.

Healthcare Design: Shifting Models—Impact of the ACA   Full Article
Oct 2014—Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae examines the healthcare market and reports on how the Affordable Care Act is impacting the market, from new construction to cost reduction strategies, design and trends in flooring.

Workplace Design: The Open Office—Shashi Caan and Ken Wilson   Full Article
Oct 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews two leading designers—Shashi Caan of The Collective US/UK and Ken Wilson of Perkins+Will—about the development and continuing evolution of the open plan office, as well as what's coming next.

Economic forecast, installation issues and IFI's design policy: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
Oct 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr looks at economic forecasts for the end of year and 2015, and he weighs in on the installation labor issue, including a strategy that also addresses channel conflict, and comments on the IFI Design Policy Statement.

Bentley & Shaw Contract in NPR's new headquarters: Designer Forum   Full Article
Oct 2014—Jessica Maples from Hickok Cole Architects writes about her firm's design of NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters, including the use of poured terrazo, end-grain wood flooring by Kaswell, and carpet from Bentley Mills and Shaw Contract.