In Saint-Galmier, carbonated water is a leading resource for the city’s economic activity. It represents the image of the company Badoit, and lies at the heart of its industrial development. From the water harvesting process, to its transformation into standardized water, carbonated water is not only situated at the center of economic, cultural, and historical interests but also environmental.
In January 2017, Saint-Galmier was annexed into the communes of Saint-Etienne. To celebrate this event, the city of Saint-Galmier participated in the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale whose theme considered shifting work paradigms.
De source sûre explores the relationship between work, the water harvesting cycle and environmental preservation in the territory of Saint-Galmier through three endeavors: a mediation device, an exposition, and a workshop.
An installation invites passerbys to pump water into a repository. The dispositif gives an overview of the process of water harvesting in Saint-Galmier, starting from its collection and mineralization as the water filters through granite aquifers, and ending when it is bottled at the source.
This exposition focuses on the five professions that intervene in the water harvesting process highlighting the role of a hydrogeologist, a parks maintenance worker, an environmental engineer, and a biologist. Their interviews present and clarify the issues in preserving resources as well as their expertise in pesticides, soil sealing, and nature conservation.
A workshop was organized with the parks maintenance workers of the city of Saint-Galmier. The aim was to develop a didactic method that demonstrates how their work practices have changed with the passing of the legislation 0 phyto.
De source sûre is a project carried out as part of the OFF exhibition in the Biennale Internationale design Saint-Etienne, in collaboration with the Saint-Galmier Municipality, the city officials, Corinne Boichon, the City Councillor of Cultural Affairs, and the enterprise of Badoit.
Team: Isabelle Daëron, Charlotte Baverel, Elizabeth Hong (intern), Rémi Legros, Renaud France, Kevin Lucas.
Client: City of Saint-Galmier
Home office: 17 rue Dombasle 75015 Paris
Workshop: 70 rue Jean Bleuzen 92170 Vanves
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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