hot and cold by fabrica + daikin: an interactive sensory installation 
all images courtesy fabrica




during milan design week, communication research centre fabrica and air conditioning systems company daikin presented ‘hot&cold’. the interactive exhibition was conceived as conceptual representation of temperature, guiding visitors through an experiential journey through a series of multi-sensory artistic and sculptural installations. ‘in this project we conceived design as a practice that must communicate through form and function,’ says sam baron, director of design at fabrica.

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‘an exchange between opposites that represents the distinctive approach taken by fabrica, a place where young talents from across the globe can constantly engage with each other, in projects with universal appeal. a design that sets out from an object, and reaches towards sound, graphics and interactivity,’ he adds. among the works exhibited, a kinetic installation in which feathers move in a range of shapes, colours, and graphic patterns evokes the seasonal migration of exotic birds; meanwhile, tropical plants take shape in a series of ice compositions, creating a path throughout the space.





‘basically, with this installation, we translate invisible elements, in this case, air, into three dimensions with the act of burning the boroscilicate glass,’ explains giorgia zanellato, one of the designers responsible for the project, to designboom, ‘over the course of the exhibition, the letters will become fully charred, highlighting the effect from the ‘hot’ aspect of the theme.’

fabrica hot and cold daikin




‘there are eight different kinds of installations, which express the balance, and our interpretation of hot and cold. for example, the tropical plants encased in ice show the transition between solid and liquid; from cold to hot,’ she adds.

fabrica hot and cold daikininstallation view one of the frozen tropical plants


fabrica hot and cold daikin


fabrica hot and cold daikin
the exhibit features a range of 36 projects conceptually expressing temperature


fabrica hot and cold daikinvenus and neptune: the orbital intervention rotates around the sun with gusts of wind, acoustics and light


fabrica hot and cold daikin
one of the aroma-based installations: passersby will notice scents such as tobacco and mint engulfing the space


blown borosilicate glass stalagmites create an ice cavern