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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.


2016 Young Leaders: Flooring Dealer Edition - Feb 2016   Full Article
Floor Focus profiles this year's winners: Bart Brewer, Brewer Carpet One; Lauren Voit, Great Western Flooring; Andrew Wiebe, Red Deer Carpet One; Tyler Weaver, Carpet Weaver's; Grant Barnes, Acierno & Company; and Andrea Mulcahy, Carpet One in Napa.

Trends in Corporate: Workplace design at technology companies - Feb 2016   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague examines design in the tech sector with input from designers at DLR Group and SmithGroupJJR, covering everything from open floor plans and flexible designs to specification for corporate spaces.

2016 Color Trends: The latest trends in commercial color - Feb 2016   Full Article
Todd van der Kruik, who runs design for Bentley Mills, weighs in on commercial design trends, citing influences ranging from natural finishes, global design and a yearning for the authentic to expressions of healthy living and digital connectivity.

Carpet Tile Update: Carpet tile's activity in the global market - Feb 2016   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the carpet tile market, with statistics on global producers, analysis of price points, future growth and competition from LVT, and including key stories from the U.S. market.

LVT: The New Generation--domestic production and new technologies - Feb 2016   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm offers a comprehensive overview of the LVT business from domestic LVT production and suppliers to the U.S. market to an analysis of LVT's strengths and the future of the category.

Consumer Preference: Made in America - Feb 2016   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings reports on increased demand for products made in the U.S., with statistics by Market Insights LLC, and covering topics including the Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde problem and global labor issues.

Domotex Germany, carpet insights, economic mixed signals: Strategic Exchange - Feb 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr takes a look at the early 2016 market, both globally and in the U.S., and reports on the Domotex show in Germany. He also takes a look at the state of residential carpet and its long-term outlook, and weighs in on strategies.

Metroflor's Harlan Stone: Focus on Leadership - Feb 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Harlan Stone, co-chairman of Metroflor, discussing how the firm was created, Stone's global journey through the industry, distribution and manufacturing strategies, pivotal decisions and plans for the future.

Lionakis designs it's own workspace as a case study: Designer Forum - Feb 2016   Full Article
Valerie Hoffman, a principal at Lionakis, writes about the firm's design of its Newport Beach office, and how the space was designed to showcase its capabilities with architectural features and materials from firms like Mannington and Milliken.

Michigan's Floor Covering Brokers: Best Practices - Feb 2016   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Floor Covering Brokers, purchased in 2004 by Denny Lauterbach, an industry outsider whose business savvy and rapid learning curve helped the firm navigate the Great Recession and chart a path for growth.