Studio Idaë

De Source Sûre

Urban design

De Source Sûre

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.

De Source Sûre, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

De Source Sûre,sketch, 2017.

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.

De Source Sûre, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

De Source Sûre, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

De Source Sûre, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

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.

De Source Sûre, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

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, Saint-Galmier, Daëron

Avril 2017.
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.

Finalist of Prix COAL 2017 and awarded FAIRE DESIGN 2018, Isabelle Daëron works in collaboration with two designers: Pauline Avrillon, product designer graduated from École Boulle and Floriane Roué, interior designer graduated from Ensad.

Studio Idaë operates in three main areas of activity acting in synergy: urban design, set design, and research. It cooperates with various public institutions (Cité du design de Saint-Étienne, CAUE Rhône-Alpes, Domaine de Chamarande, Centre Pompidou, etc.), private companies (Hermès, Leroy Merlin, Orange, Suez environnement, Lesieur, etc.), municipalities (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: a fountain for the City of Rennes, the project Aéro-Seine, a cooling point for the City of Paris, as well as new window display for Hermès International and Hermès Japan.

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