Designed for the exhibition Watergame at Bastide du Jas in Aix-en-Provence, Topique-eau vive is a variation on the popular theme of the fountain, whose presence is particularly noticeable in this city. Unlike fountains which are connected to the main water system, this device encourages people to participate and use their muscular energy.
Topique-eau vive is composed of a small pond filled with water and coloured particles, and connected to five manual pumps. Whenever they are activated, they propel air into the water, thus causing a displacement of particles on the surface. Depending on the number and position of the participants, the intensity of the movement varies. Thanks to this meditative device, the project’s aim is to highlight the fact that muscular energy is endlessly renewable and free.
Materials: polypropylene pipes, air pumps, pool.
Produced by Voyons-voir – Art contemporain et territoire
20, rue Primo Lévi
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, 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.