great mystery of color explaine using the kowledge we have from history to science, from art to psychology.
Why does the color catch our attention and fascinate us until seducing us? The answer is easy: because it is mysterious. Speaking of color means taking note of its enigmatic nature, of the inexplicable process of sublimation that through the centuries has made it ritual, memory, symbol, emotion. From a physiological and psychological point of view, our reactions to chromatic stimuli are complex. And if in recent decades colors seemed to have disappeared from our homes, today the interior is pervaded by bright and expressive colors, a powerful use of color on surfaces, accessories and accessories. Because colors arouse emotions, unconscious reactions, assume personal and collective meanings, and a colorful environment can positively or negatively affect our psychophysical well-being.
Color is an extraordinary strategy of nature, a formidable means of information related to the survival of living beings. In the history of humanity, it has been the subject of studies and fascinations, which have given birth to a world of myths, mysteries and curiosities. Yet color is also linked to a technological and scientific universe of great value linked closely to the universe of living. It is no coincidence that the explosion of new opportunities and decorative technologies or new applications has taken over a dizzying rise of color, driven by the desire to change, the need to create an ideal environment.
This book tries to tell both the color as history and mystery, both as a technical application, revealing origins and secrets, providing tools, a few easy rules, practical tips and creative ideas. In order to put the magic of color into practice in a project or just to treasure it and finally understand why in some environments we are just fine and in others we feel uncomfortable.
A MATTER OF INSTINCT AND EXPERIENCE
1. A WORLD OF SENSATIONS Colour and Temperature Influences on Taste Olfactory Associations Tactile and Texture Sensations The Perception of Sound The Temporal Dimension Assessment of Weight Question of Size The Sense of Space
2. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE COLOURS 2.1. The Yellow 2.2. The Red 2.3. The Blue 2.4. The Green 2.5. The Orange 2.6. The Rose 2.7. The Indigo 2.8. The Violet 2.9. The Brown 2.10. The Grey 2.11. The Gold 2.12. The White 2.13. The Black
3. MY FAVORITE COLOR Reflections on Character and Mood An Extraordinary Means of Communication It is Also a Question of Shape and Size A Bit of Colour Physiology The Interaction Between Our Body and Colours
4. THE SIX GOLDEN RULES Contrasts and Harmonies The Behaviour of Light The Basics of Chromatic Design The Colour Systems
5. IN THE RIGHT LIGHT The Biological Clock Has 24 Hours The Habit of Artificial Lighting
6.A BIT OF HISTORY The Discovery of The Art of Creating Colours Industrial Change and The Triumph of Chemistry The New Style of The Bourgeoisie The Revolutions of The Twentieth Century From Post-War Euphoria to Late-Century Minimalism
7. TITIAN’S RED, ARMANI’S GREIGE, THE LAND OF SIENA The Sensitivity of The Ancient Romans Renaissance Theories and Techniques Titian and Freedom of Expression Landscape Treasures and Craftsmanship The Excellence of Italian Style
8.MILLIONS OF PIXELS AND SHADES The Discovery of Changing Colours From Physics to New Technologies Learning From Mother Nature
Botti (Milan, 1965) is an independent journalist. After graduating with a
degree in Architecture, she devoted herself to communication, specializing in
the field of design, architectural design and urban development. She has
curated research projects for the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy). From
2014 to 2020 she directed the international magazine of architecture and design
Abitare. She is president of the Giovanni Michelucci Foundation (Fiesole,
Italy), a center for urban planning, modern architecture and social housing
studies and research.