Studio Idaë

The digital gate

Product design

The digital gate

Deploying an installation in the street to do digital mediation with people left behind and, offering playful workshops to create bonds with passers-by in difficulty, is what enables this furniture te be called «The digital gate».

The digital gate is installed in the heart of the urban space (parks, farmer’s markets, shopping malls…) to reach out public we shouldn’t always make assumptions about their needs, interests or about their age, gender, or social situations. The project is also deployable in indoor places like libraries, city halls…

We designed a user-friendly equipment, easily transportable, that adapt to the needs of the mediators. It can operate in two modes:

– A trolley mode. Compact, this configuration permits a mediator to manipulate easily the elements available. The trolley is also storable in a regular car trunk.
– A deployed version allows the mediator to settle in just a few actions. The fiberglass arch is light and demountable. I can be tensioned and strapped around various objects onsite.

We chose basic techniques and materials to make the digital gate. It can be made from everywhere, in Fablabs having standard computer aiding tools such as milling machine, laser-cutter, 3D printing, sewing machine…

The making of this equipment in a third place can also be a topic of digital inclusion: it would allow to discover several Fablabs techniques and address informatics with a concrete relationship to woodwork, metal…
This furniture was open-source designed. The instructions are available through the link below:

Client: Agence Nationale de Cohésion des Territoires

Design team:
Studio Idaë
Cyril Afsa
La Tréso

Thanks to Ethen Ben Abda and Mathilde Vaillant (interns).

Photo credits: Yannick Labrousse.


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 spatial 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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