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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.

Boutique Design New York - Dec 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae reviews this year's BDNY hospitality show, which took place in New York's Jacob Javits Center in early November, reporting on manufacturers including Shaw, Crossville, Interface, OW Hospitality and many more.

The International Surface Event 2016 - Dec 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague presents an overview of the TISE show in Las Vegas, focusing on education opportunities, major events and concurrent shows, including the NAHB building show, the KBIS kitchen and bath show and the IWCE window expo.

Construction spending, Starnet, FEI, Bridgeway meetings: Strategic Exchange - Dec 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the Dodge 2016 Construction Outlook, and also reports on member meetings for Starnet, FEI Group and Bridgeway Interactive, and he points out the common topic to all these meetings: labor decisions.

Dave Gheesling, CEO of FEI Group: Focus on Leadership - Dec 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Dave Gheesling, who founded FloorExpo (now called FEI Group) in 1998, covering everything from his own leadership skills to the state of single-family and multi-family housing and the impact of polyester carpet.

ANF Architects describe an education project: Designer Forum - Dec 2015   Full Article
Bill Ferguson, owner of ANF Architects, discusses its work on Teacher Town USA, a grouping of education-related nonprofit organizations in Memphis, Tennessee, and Interface tile's pivotal role in redesigning the 1930s warehouse space.

Century Tile & Carpet: Best Practices - Dec 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Century Tile & Carpet, with 11 stores in the upper Midwest. The firm, co-owned by two families for nearly 70 years, does half its business in retail and half in the commercial market.

What do designers want and what do they need? Flooring Forensics - Dec 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Lew Migliore uses Paul Lewandowski's Starnet presentation, "Notes from a Design Junkie," as a jumping off point for a discussion about designers' desire for knowledge, as well as the value of partnerships.

Design Ovations: Kathryn Mease - Dec 2015   Full Article
Kathryn Mease with Tecton Architects describes her current favorite flooring: reclaimed wood floors from ReSawn Timber; metallic carpet effects, like Shaw's Noble Materials or Bentley's Vertex; and hexagonal mosaics, like MSI's Henley Hexagon.

Focus 100 Retail: Top retailers and contractors are coming out ahead - Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on the top 100 flooring retailers and residential contractors, including indepth profiles of key players, updates from buying groups, a chart of the Top 100 in sales and a report on the housing market.

Airport Design Update - Nov 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague discusses the current state of airport renovation and new construction with designers from Corgan, DWL Architects and Planners and Leo A Daly, from funding and budgets to design and flooring specification.