Synapse Chair by Teknion

April 3, 2009

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Teknion’s Synapse is a contemporary wood side chair with fine joinery details. It was designed in response to the architect’s aesthetic, and the customer’s ergonomic needs and environmental demands.

The chair was created by industrial designer Carl Gustav Magnusson, whose design inspiration was a conflux of the 1960s work of the Danish architect Borge Mogenson and today’s advanced metal-to-wood connection techniques.

Synapse was designed with the environment in mind. When shipped flat in a carton, the chair requires one-third less space, maximizing shipping and installation efficiencies, and assembling on the job site in under five minutes. Synapse is comprised of just five parts, all of which are replaceable or interchangeable, allowing a quick replacement of parts in the field and giving the chair a much longer life-cycle.

“I was first struck with the aesthetic simplicity of this entry. It has nice clean and simples lines and a slight curvilinear back,” noted Schelfe. “The chair also has a very good life-cycle since many of the parts can be easily replaced.”

Synapse is GREENGUARD-certified for indoor air quality and manufactured at facilities certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system. The chair meets BIFMA (The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association) standards as well as CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board) testing standards.



“By working with a variety of third-party certifiers, this manufacturer begins to address the full life-cycle impact of a chair and the manufacturing process. Teknion address the wood resource extraction by using FSC wood; simple assembly and disassembly by using minimal parts; using recycled content materials in the frame and fabric selection; and following strict guidelines in regards to emissions reduction from the chair itself and the overall manufacturing process,” said Aye.

“Sustainable design is of great importance to Teknion. Our employees have embraced sustainability, which helped shape strategic programs and enhanced our corporate culture,” said David Feldberg, Teknion president & CEO. “We are therefore honored to receive the Bloom Award in the Furniture category for our new Synapse wood side chair. Winning prestigious awards such as these are important barometers for the advancement of our efforts. I would also like to thank Interiors & Sources and ASID for creating the Bloom Awards to further promote sustainability in our industry.”

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