Whoever has seen Jaco Van Dormael’s film, Mr. Nobody, will come closer to understanding and appreciating the complexity, tragedy, randomness, and beauty in every decision we make. Equally important but on a much smaller scale, how are the ideas within our mind created and connected? Are our ideas shaped from the neurons in our brain pulling information from our subconscious and ultimately creating an opinion from those seemingly unimportant moments in life we tend to brush off? To answer this question with words, philosophy, or science is too concrete and artificial. Zac Lindemann has created a piece where the viewer can ponder this question in their own consciousness, which is, in the end, a more valuable experience to us all.
I won’t even try to explain Lindemann’s piece in my own words from here on out because it would be embarrassing… In the creator’s own words, the Synapse Desk “is a physical manifestation of the mystery and beauty inherent to human cognition. It is a representation of the inexplicable way in which the human mind connects random events and experiences, giving rise to new ideas and unforeseen possibilities… Thought and experience without context are meaningless. It is not until they are compounded within us that unified, innovative ideas begin to take root. Echoing this concept, the desk’s ‘synaptic’ latticework structure is intentionally unsystematic, and arbitrary when viewed without context. It is only when you begin to consider the entire matrix structure as a complete, connected entity that a beautiful, cohesive form emerges. This symbolizes the organic fusion of data points within the mind, resulting in a complete idea. The structure also visually emulates the neuron pathways in the brain, the physiological foundation of this process.”
Lindemann is currently living in Chicago, IL and majored in Manufacturing and Design Engineering, which is essentially a hybrid of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Design. He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, spending a lot of his time in the wilderness where he first started to realize the functional and raw beauty of nature – this is when and where his passion for design arose.
The desk is made out of… 1’’ birch dowel rods (145 total) (satin finish), 4’x8’1’’ sheet of birch-veneered MDF (satin finish), glass-fill nylon printed fittings (raw white), and a laser-cut aluminum logo with backlighting (satin, brushed, or polished).