Saturday, 29 January 2011


Welcome to the blog of Hot and Cold! 
  We are three students of the master in Eco-design from the Politecnico di Torino, Zhennan Dai, Francesca Ghigo and Elisa Colia.
  This Blog is related to the course of "History of material culture" Professor Marchis. We deal with the dualism between two adjectives HOT and COLD that we decline in every possible way: from art to industry, from geography to history and from etymology to literature.
  The blog is organized with the most recent posts in the central part, in the side there are links to other blogs that deal with other opposing concepts, labels and titles in a chronological order of our posts.
  During the final analysis we found that some topics are recurring as can be seen from the concept map such as color, temperature, people, nature and emotions.

  我们是都灵理工生态设计研究生专业的学生,戴镇南,Francesca GhigoElisa Colia
  这个博客衍生于 Marchis教授的课程,物质文化的历史。通过这个博客,我们从各个角度探讨关于“热和冷” 这组反义词的二元关系: 从艺术到工业,从地理到历史,从词源学到文学等等。

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Conceptual Map

This is the conceptual map of our theme Hot/Cold. 
During the time of building this lovely blog, we investigated all fields of information, and posted them with great interests to introduce a world where hot and cold is being focused. From all the analysis we have done, we summarized the conceptual map of what we achieved through the work.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Georges Seurat and colors

Georges Seurat

Seurat took to heart the color theorists' notion of a scientific approach to painting. Seurat believed that a painter could use color to create harmony and emotion in art in the same way that a musician uses counterpoint and variation to create harmony in music. Seurat theorized that the scientific application of color was like any other natural law, and he was driven to prove this conjecture. He thought that the knowledge of perception and optical laws could be used to create a new language of art based on its own set of heuristics and he set out to show this language using lines, color intensity and color schema. Seurat called this language Chromoluminarism.
His letter to Maurice Beaubourg in 1890 captures his feelings about the scientific approach to emotion and harmony. He says "Art is Harmony. Harmony is the analogy of the contrary and of similar elements of tone, of color and of line, considered according to their dominance and under the influence of light, in gay, calm or sad combinations".
Seurat's theories can be summarized as follows: The emotion of gaiety can be achieved by the domination of luminous hues, by the predominance of warm colors, and by the use of lines directed upward. Calm is achieved through an equivalence/balance of the use of the light and the dark, by the balance of warm and cold colors, and by lines that are horizontal. Sadness is achieved by using dark and cold colors and by lines pointing downward.

Bathers at Asnières
1884, National Gallery, London

The Circus,
1891, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Soleil Levant | Claude Monet

Claude Monet
Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant)

It's a picture that represents the dawn: what he wanted to bring out the author was the first impression he had before this time of day.
In the background the sun appears like a fireball in the fog, the sea where the water reflects the colors of dawn.
In the foreground there is only the dark shape of a small boat. In the background, shrouded in mist and smoke, can glimpse the shadows of some chimneys.
It 'a framework in which colors prevail bodied, orange and blue dominate and, in part, the green mixed with blue water, the light is a bit' blurred, because the sun is not up yet.
It 'a picture is revolutionary because it does not landscape but the sensation it provokes the landscape itself.

hot and cold | industry vs artis

Industrialization changed the way of thinking about hot and cold.
The contrast "hot versus cold" in a society based on agriculture and handicraft corresponded to the collision "fire vs. ice". But then the progressive industrialization has changed the meaning of the two adjectives leading to a comparison between the energy and the set of tools related to it and the refrigerator, as well as the set of devices that allow the cooling.
We can say that the watch is the first tool of an industrial society, because it changed the society and made it an industrial one. But also energy had changed  considerably the way of life, bringing the light in the houses and also an high number of tools useful for housekeepers.
Then you can add:
- the transition time from the icebox to the refrigerator;
- the transition from fire to light, engine and oven.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Guaraná Antarctica :Amazônia

Guaraná Antarctica is the most popular guaraná-flavoured soft drink in Brazil, created in 1921 by Pedro Baptista de Andrade for Companhia Antarctica Paulista, now part of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The drink is also available in Portugal, Spain, Honduras, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, parts of the United Kingdom, parts of Japan, and the United States. The drink is produced only in three countries (Portugal, Brazil, and Japan). It is the second best-selling soft drink brand in Brazil, behind only Coca-Cola, and absolute leader in its segment. Currently, it is one of the 15 best-selling soft drink brands in the world.


Brazil Drink Commercial:Brahma

The meaning of of the sentence:

Tava Quente Pra Cacilda,Tava Quente Pra Cacilda,Tava Quente Pra Cacilda

It was really really hot! It was really really hot! It was really really hot!

(but then I cooled down!)


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Tea... what do you prefere?

One of the most popular drinks and spread all over the world: the tea. This drink is obtained by the infusion of the dried leaves of Camellia sinensis. Throughout the world there are many types of green tea, white, jasmine, lemon, peach and more... but above this is a drink that can be enjoyed in any season! Indeed you drink is ice (iced tea) to cool off or just removed from the fire to keep warm!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The ChiliBed... hot and cold!

If somone live in the rainy England or in the hot Spain a problem is sleep too much cold or hot... So what to do?

The ChiliBed takes care of both hot and cold, warming or cooling the bed by pumping water through a network of pipes beneath you. Think of it as an electric blanket that won’t electrocute you if you wet the bed.
Because it uses water, it needs a pump, but the makers say that it runs quiet, at under 20dBa.

Artificial cooling

Here are some milestones that have led to the evolution of the artificial cooling: from the idea to the refrigerator.
In 1850 the first idea was by Oliver Evans.
In 1862 Preservation of product at International Exibition of London.
From 1850 to 1875 studies, patents and construction of dedicated of hotel and single house to produce ice.
It needs to wait until the 1925 that Kelvinator lanches the first industrial production. In parallel time there was some fondamental changes in the society: elettrification of houses, social technology, avelability of resources and better quality of life. 
While in the USA the the refrigerator was introduced in 1925 in Europe must wait until 1933 that correspond to the debut of the first Bosch refrigerator in Stuttgart.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Dipped Freezer Pop Soap

Dipped Freezer Pop Soap

Vanilla ice cream scented soap dipped in a chocolate soap scented glaze complete with a faux bite mark and a wooden stick! It will bring a smile to your face while washing up.
Enjoy the delectable vanilla and chocolate scents! 

Brain Freeze Ice Tray

This is your brain on ice

What good are big brains if us humans don't use them to make something fun? The Brain Freeze ice tray lets all men - big brains or not - to make ice molded like human brains.

Magic Frog to Prince

Open the cap, fill with cold water, and within a few minutes, the frog will turn into a prince

Fun and easy!
It's a transformation that occurs with change from hot to cold

Cupcake Hand Warmers


Pack your favorite patisserie pleasure to keep your hands warm on cold and windy days!  The Reusable Cupcake Hand Warmers are perfect for sharing with friends and are easy to use even when your fingers are freezing cold. These little beauties are calorie free!  Keep your hands as warm as a freshly baked cupcake!
To activate just locate the metal disc inside and bend until you feel a click.  To recharge, boil hand warmer for 10 minutes.

Shower Light

Never jump in a cold shower again! LED lights change with water temperature!
Turn the water "on" and a flood of blue light shines down through the shower stream as cool blue and refreshing. When the water gets "hot" (89 degrees F/ 32 degrees C), the LED lights change from blue to red, letting you know that the water is hot and ready!

Cold Beer Jumbo Magnet


Sure, beer tastes good when it's cold, but have you ever stopped to think about how the beer feels about that? Cold Beer Jumbo Magnet is perfect for any bar, mini fridge in the man cave, or backyard party patio!  It's guaranteed to put a smile on most adults when they see this retro style magnet on a hot day!

Tank Up Coffee Mug

Need fuel? Fill ther up with hot coffee and watch the gauge climb all the way to the Full mark. The Tank Up Coffee Mug from the NeatoShop uses heat-sensitive printing to show the level of hot beverage inside

Pacman Cup and Space Intruders Cup

Take a look at your current mug. Yes, it may or may not contain coffee, but that is probably its most exciting feature... which is frankly pretty darn dull. The Heat Changing Arcade Mugs know if they contain hot coffee and are able to display it graphically... which obviously kicks your mug's butt as it just sits there doing nothing.
Normally the Pac Boy mug displays an empty maze and the Space Intruders mug displays a blank starry sky. But add some kind of hot beverage and instantly the Pac Boy maze is filled with 8-bit style ghosts and energizers while the Space Intruders shows a retro invaders style battle in action.
Heat up to change the mug image

The thermometer that changes color

This is a thermometer designed for younger children or who refuse conventional thermometer because it measures the temperature at the mere contact with the front and does not just record it visually through numbers, but change color according to temperature range reached and immediately report if your child has a fever.
His name is Mr. Sneeze and looks a lot like a common pendrive. It is comfortable to wear without the risk of breaking and immediate to use: it takes only 15 seconds to measure the temperature and only a second to realize whether it is appropriate to call the pediatrician or just some pampers, hot milk and a bit 'of rest. Costs little more than $ 7 and can be purchased online.

Babyglow : the pajamas that tells you if your baby has a fever

Ingenious invention for novice parents. Babyglow is a pajamas for children that changes color if the baby's temperature exceeds 37 degrees Celsius. You can have pink, blue and green and white if it gets it's time to call the doctor. It's clear that care must be taken in the wash because it does not ruin the color.