Studio Idaë

Cleaning fountain

Urban design

Cleaning fountain

In continuation with our research to valorize Paris’s non-potable water, this installation is connected to the water network and allows to clean the communal areas of «Paris habitat» buildings. The social landlord was interested in reducing water consumption because it had an impact on the tenant’s rental charges.

We chose the «29 rue Armand Carrel» as a place of experimentation because it offered a wide range of uses that could be tested on non-potable water. This place consists of 3 buildings (150 apartments with green spaces, 9 lobbies, 9 staircases, and 18 trash areas).

We started this project with a usability study. We organized meetings with janitors, guardians, and gardeners to better understand their use of water. This study guided the design of our installation that integrates a 164’ cord reel responding to the overall uses of the site and is accessible with a key. (Held by the principal users: Guardians and/or janitors).


Covered with a mosaïc, the fountain tells the origin of this water from the Ourcq canal.

Photo credits: Pierre L'excellent

Team design :
Studio Idaë in collaboration with engineering office OGI

Client: Paris Habitat.


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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