Hong Kong-based designers
Kit Men last year developed a dual time zone alarm clock for manufacturer
M.N.S. The quirky design offers one clock to tell local time while a second
faded clock face records the ‘away’ time of loved ones overseas.
Now, following the same
theme, Kit Men Keung has created the more elegant and refined ‘Long-D’ wall
clock for Taiwanese company Verso Lab. However, with ‘Long-D’ the designer has
incorporated the second time zone into the single clock face.
The concept behind this
latest clock is to create a “visually subtle style while maintaining a regular
relationship with someone on the other side of the globe”. The third hand on
the clock is ‘greyed out’ as a subtle, yet useful reminder of loved-ones.
“The colour contrast of
secondary clock hands have been delicately reduced to appear like a shadow on
the interface acting as a conscious reminder of the distance between the user
and their connections abroad,” Kit Men explains.
The piece is available in
white or charcoal grey and as a square or round face.
The Long-D is another
example of design which connects us, in a very lo-tech way, to others – a simple
design to evoke very strong emotional ties.