Contributing editor Kim Gavin asks industry executives to look back at the high points and low points of the flooring industry over the past quarter century, covering vertical integration, the rise of hard surface and carpet tile, and much more.
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Editor Jessica Chevalier interviews four veteran specialty flooring retailers, comparing retail in 1992 to what it is today. Significant business changes, consumer demographic and the role of the retail sales associate are among the topics.
Fiber expert Alasdair Carmichael traces the evolution of the carpet industry over the last 25 years, covering carpet fiber trends, the shift from staple fiber and the growth of PET, along with an overview of where the fiber business currently stands.
Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae reached out to industry leaders to imagine the future of floorcovering. Themes include 3D printing, smart floors, virtual reality and haptic technology where sense of touch is recreated.
The Future of Architecture & Design: A&D leaders imagine the built environment in 2042 - Aug/Sep 2017
Editor Beth Miller asks design leaders to forecast the future of interiors in the built environment. Topic covered include technological advancements, scientific developments such as self-refenerating floorcoverings, and computer-human integration.
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on the latest recycling challenges, the resulting issues and the impact on the flooring industry. A carpet recycling update is provided along with vinyl flooring's role in the recycling business.
Executive editor Darius Helm discusses the shift in focus toward healthy environments, including everything from acoustical abatement, air quality and comfort underfoot to nourishment, fitness, beauty and "mind."
Editors Darius Helm and Beth Miller report on the latest sustainability trends, issues and what the flooring industry is doing to reach its green goals. A number of flooring companies' current and future sustainability practices are highlighted.
Editor Beth Miller highlights rug trends and new products at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, located at Atlanta's AmericasMart. Manufacturers note that in-store merchandising and handmade looks are among the hot ticket items for 2017.
Editor Jessica Chevalier provides an update on the current state of laminate. In an effort to regain marketshare, manufacturers are improving laminate's water resistance, pushing premium products to the forefront and innovating for value.