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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.


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.

California's Carpet Spectrum: Best Practices   Full Article
Oct 2014—Features editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Carpet Spectrum, a California based retailer with locations in Lomita and Hermosa Beach, which was purchased by husband and wife team Jason and Stacey Fromm 25 years ago.

Challenges involved with installing hardwood: Wood Cuts   Full Article
Oct 2014—Brett Miller, director of certification and education at the National Wood Flooring Association, takes an indepth look at the many issues installers face in hardwood flooring installation, including schedule conflicts with other contractors.

The challenge of finding & keeping installers: Flooring Forensics   Full Article
Oct 2014—Contributing editor Lew Migliore details a growing problem in the flooring industry, the lack of experienced, professional installers, both on the residential and commercial side, and discusses possible solutions.

Winning Commercial Proposals: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
Oct 2014—Contributing editor Dave Stafford provides a blueprint for how to put together a winning commercial proposal, including some critical tips for how to win bids and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls faced by flooring contractors.

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