Studio Idaë

Champs Libres

Set design

Champs Libres

« Thinking is searching for clearings in a forest »
Jules Renard

Champs Libres is an exhibition of 14 artists working with sustainability and ecological transition. Designed for the MAIF Social club and curated by Julie Sicault Maillé, Champs Libres takes the form of a clearing, as in the quote above from Jules Renard.

With a map, the visitor travels around a wooded territory to discover artworks about current ecological issues. Illustrated stamps are hidden in the trunks for every visitor to complete its map.

A carpet on the ground made of recycled fishing nets pictures the aquatic, mineral, vegetal, urban and aerial environments that the artworks relate to, and expanding upon. The scenography intensifies and reinforces the existing architecture with a grid of poles to create a forest. This rhymes with the space without compartmentalizing it. This forest full of 13 diverse artworks becomes a field of communication. Trees are covered with labels and pedagogic drawings about each artist’s specific themes.

Drawing for exhibition’s carpet

At the heart of the exhibition, a clearing opens up and captures natural light coming from the canopy. This is the core of an ecosystem and the meeting point of the environments. The visitor enters its center reflecting on ecological issues. From this new point of view it is possible to embrace all the artworks and the complexity of all their connections.

While planning the structure of this exhibition, a lot of attention has been given to how the materials that went into the exhibition can be reused afterwards. The carpet is made of recycled fishing nets, partitions and platforms from earlier exhibitions have been reused in this project and will have a another life afterwards, the tree-poles will be used for carpentry.

january - july 2020
Photo credits :
Studio Idaë / Tiffany Silve and Edouard Richard / Maif

Lucy + Jorge Orta, Laurent Tixador, Barthélemy Antoine-Lœff, Ettore Favini, Ha Cha Youn, Vaughn Bell, Suzanne husky, Stefan Shankland, Olga Kisseleva, Janaina Mello Landini, Pekka Niittyvirta & Timo Aho, Matt_tieu.

Julie Sicault Maillé
Exhibition design:
Studio Idaë (Isabelle Daëron, Floriane Roué)
Manufacturer: Solid
Artistik Bazaar (Marine Ulrich and Marine Birot)
Maif Social Club
37 rue de Turenne
75003 Paris


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Designer and research designer, graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers and Esad in Reims, Isabelle Daëron designs scenarios connecting natural ressources and habitability. Her multifaceted approach focus on the fields of product design, urban design and set design. Her projects put into perspective the importance of environmental issues and their scope of application (flows, mobility, public space).

Some of her works, gathered under the « Topiques » — Topique-eau, a rainwater harvester ; Topique-ciel, a sky mirror using rainwater ; Topique-feuilles, a leaves collector —received several awards: Lille design prize (2012), Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris (2013) and Audi Talents awards (2015). Isabelle Daëron’s work has been shown in France — Biennale internationale design in Saint-Étienne, D’Days in Paris and in the exhibition «Conversation(s) » at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris — and abroad — for the International Craft Design exhibition in Taipei, Grand-Hornu, CCA Kitakyushu in Japon, among others.

Awarded FAIRE DESIGN 2018 and MONDES NOUVEAUX in 2021, Isabelle Daëron has founded Studio Idaë whose activity operates in three main areas of activity acting in synergy: urban design, set design, and research.

Pauline Avrillon, product designer graduated from École Boulle joined the studio in 2017, and works on urban design projects. Jonathan Roditi, product designer graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015 and ENSAD in 2021, and Angèle Fourteau, product designer graduated from ECAL in 2017 joined the team in 2023.

Studio Idaë cooperates with various public institutions (Cité du design de Saint-Étienne, CAUE Rhône-Alpes, Domaine de Chamarande, Centre Pompidou, etc.), private companies (Hermès, Maif, Leroy Merlin, Balsan, Laorus, Suez environnement, etc.), municipalities (City of Paris, City of Rennes, City of Saint-Galmier, City of Le Rheu, etc.) as well as manufacturers (Cristal Saint-Louis).

Today, the team is dedicated to three main projects: objects related to water in Celtic mythology for the Maison du Littoral in Ploumanac’h, the design of urban developments, as well as the development of new shop windows for Hermès International and Hermès Japon.

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