Innovation is always a wager because it changes the status quo: only time will tell if the novelty will establish itself, finding its way into the social, cultural and psychological fabric, becoming habitual and perhaps leading to another step forward. In industrial design innovation often has its roots in technological breakthroughs. But to be successful it has to proceed in step with them, while at the same time guiding, interpreting and translating them into solutions that respond to latent or openly expressed desires of people and their styles of living.
In this perspective, it is possible to assert that Synapse, the latest creation of Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan, is a highly innovative and particularly contemporary solution. Not just because it has appeared and exists thanks to the use of a digital light source, LEDs, taking full advantage of their technical and aesthetic qualities, but also because it proposes a new typology for lighting in the home and collective spaces, that of the luminous divider, responding to clearly evident behavioral needs of the present. Synapse is a complex, multifunctional lighting system that can be positioned by suspension, but also on the wall, or at the center of the room, like a light partition. It is composed of a variable number of parts composed of two polycarbonate shells with three lobes that protect the light sources: a printed circuit with three variable-color RGB LEDs. Activating them by means of a remote control, it is possible to mix the hues and to transform the atmosphere of a room at will. Thanks to an interlocking device, the individual modules can be joined to form an infinite range of shapes, of vertical or horizontal extensions. Synapse, then, is not just a new product, but a new lighting typology. With it, Luceplan makes a wager on the future, applying industrial design in the original sense of the term, that of a link between technology and constantly evolving lifestyles.