Every ecosystem on our planet – oceans, marshes, grasslands, deserts – functions thanks to the interactions between the species that make it up. Each species has one or more functions that are unique to it and remain essential to the others. Removing one of these links, particularly as a result of human action (destruction of habitats, pollution, overexploitation, climate change, etc.), is tantamount to disrupting and unbalancing the entire chain of life. The richer an ecosystem is in terms of diversity and interactions, the stronger and more resistant it is to disturbances.
How does a forest function? Which organisms are necessary for its development? What is the impact on the ecosystem if one link in the chain disappears?
Designed for the “Encountering Life” exhibition at the Good Planet Foundation, the mechanics of life is an educational device that helps to understand the interdependent relationships between the species living within European forests.
With the help of ropes, visitors bring out the fauna and flora, and thus reconstitute an ecosystem composed of plants, trees, herbivores, pollinators, carnivores and decomposers.
Photos and video credits: Jonathan Roditi
Design team: Studio Idaë (Jonathan Roditi, Isabelle Daëron, Pauline Avrillon, Léa Michielin (intern))
Coordination: Artistik Bazaar (Marine Birot)
Client: Fondation Good Planet
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.