Recent Articles

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.

Portinari, Castellano, Portobello, Laminam: Revestir 2015   Full Article
April 2015—Anne Demers, a tile specialist, reports on the Revestir flooring show, held annually in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a focus on the leading trends and the standout products from leading ceramic tile producers.

Lumber Liquidators, residential building and Fuse: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
April 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr weighs in on slow winter residential activity, the impact of currency fluctuations and reputation building at Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance, as well as a report on the FCIF gala held in New York City.

Don Finkell of American OEM: Focus on Leadership - Apr 15   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Don Finkell, formerly of Anderson and Shaw, on his new hardwood operation, his business philosophy, the state of the industry and his case for sourcing hardwood from the U.S.

Carpetland USA, Langan Group: Best Practices - Apr 15   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Carpetland USA, Langan Group, a retailer with operations in Iowa and Illinois, reporting on the building of the business, focus on investment and showroom design that caters to the firm's target customer.

Who we hang out with matters: People Power - Apr 15   Full Article
Contributing editor Sam Allman delves into issues surrounding how relationships can guide success and how interdependence is better than independence, and he weighs in on how to determine who to build relationships with.

Strategies for dealing with adversity: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
April 2015—Contributing editor Dave Stafford assembles a collection of key contractor problems, from complaints and lawsuits to GC issues and challenges on government jobs, accompanied by comprehensive strategies for resolving the issues.

Steve South of Perkins+Will: Design Ovations   Full Article
April 2015—Steve South, a sr interior designer with Perkins+Will New York, showcases his favorite sustainable flooring products, including Purline from Mats Inc., Bolyu's Level products, Milliken's TractionBack, Nydree hardwood and Kasthall's Tom carpet.

Surfaces 2015 Highlights - Mar 2015   Full Article
Floor Focus' editorial team offers a comprehensive review, with heavy pictorial content, of the Las Vegas show, reporting on new products and innovations from a range of manufacturers, including major producers, boutique mills and new players.

Senior Living Update: Flooring manufacturers target the senior living market   Full Article
Mar 2015—Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae reports on the state of the senior living market, with a focus on design developments as well as reports on key players, like J+J Flooring, Interface, Shaw, Tarkett, Mannington, Mohawk, Gerflor and many more.

Ceramic Tile Report: The tile industry invests heavily in domestic production   Full Article
Mar 2015—Senior editor Calista Sprague analyzes the ceramic tile industry, with a focus on domestic investments, innovations and profiles from key producers, including Dal-Tile, Crossville, Florida Tile, Florim, Del Conca, MSI, StonePeak, Imola and Emser.