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Ange et l’arbre des donneurs

connected objectseventeventsDaphnée Belleil

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Daphnée Belleil

After a bachelor’s degree in product design, Daphnée went on to do the master’s program Health and Social Innovation and a double degree at IEMN-IAE (University of Nantes). Daphnée would like to begin her career working in Montreal, UNESCO city of design, or perhaps pursue further studies in cabinetmaking. These experiences will allow her to broaden her skills in readiness for a future career in social, medical or humanitarian fields. “Designing for people who truly need it, not for those who already have everything but don’t appreciate it” is her personal motto.

“Ange” aims to increase the number of transplants available for saving patients for whom a transplant is the last hope of recovery. It also aims to simplify the decision of loved ones about organ donation after the death of the deceased and reduce the number of refusals. “Ange” is a symbolic representation of the deceased’s decision about organ donation and provides practical support for loved ones. After the donation, “l’Arbre des Donneurs” pays tribute to donors’ generosity with buds to represent new life and becomes a place of remembrance.

“Daphnée Belleil gives meaning and sensitivity to institutional “organ procurement” by making organ donors and their families more visible, and by putting emphasis on the donation rather than on the ill-perceived procedure of organ removal. The project transfers the value attached to the sanctity of the body onto the transitional object and thus minimizes the painful aspect associated with its “diminishment”. The donation is also embodied in a monumental sculpture of a tree (the symbol of life) in a public place, which is linked to the donated organ and is an enduring source of comfort for the bereaved. The feelings of the bereaved families therefore take a tangible form which underlines the long-lasting nature of remembrance as opposed to the short-term decision-making process. The medical world is full of protocol, the subject is highly sensitive and the people involved are vulnerable but Daphnée has managed to demonstrate the value of a design process based on an inclusive iterative methodology […].”


Gaël Guilloux, director of Care Design Lab