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While heri&salli celebrate the rough charm of the structural fabric in five guest rooms housed in a Viennese vinegar brewery (p. 32), selgascano’s office conversion in London excels by its curvilinear geometries and subtle use of synthetic materials, including saffron epoxy flooring, curved perspex walls and coated wood-wool ceilings (p. 22). Marking opposite extremes in the wide spectrum of contemporary compositions, the two projects underline the pivotal role of materials for the interior. Interior finishings, unlike facades, are experienced at close quarters by users, through sight, touch and smell. Accordingly, the new DETAIL inside – to appear as of now twice yearly alongside DETAIL – will include a separate section on materials and their characteristics. The new journal will pinpoint the latest trends while providing architects and interior designers with all necessary technical information. This issue focuses on the living environment. The featured projects range from the conversion of a Swiss cowshed into a holiday home and a “pop-up” interior in Madrid to modern, innovative bathroom design solutions. A jaunt through Berlin’s new bar scene and a lovingly styled crèche in Bavaria provide further diverse examples of stunning interior creations.