Designer Kitmen Keung presents us with his most recent project, the Long Distance watch. The design explores how people’s perception can be diverted into an everyday object. The clarity of the secondary clock face has been delicately dimmed to appear like a shadow on the interface, acting as a quiet conscious reminder of the distance between the user and someone on the other side of the globe.
The project was guided by principles at a high level of abstraction which leaves much room for user’s interpretation. Yet the series is executed as an usual everyday item which is seem very direct and simple when viewed in person. The border between reality and immateriality is blurred. It called for a design process guided by function and practicality which led to an exterior expression of the interplay between simple geometric forms and modern materials. The design is an embodiment of general vision of culture and modern industrial design, stated with clarity and simplicity using materials that are configured to express their own individual character. The project is a careful, logical practice searching for the most appropriate status of a design’s form, material use, finish and its overall ethos. The full comprehension of its content can only be understood when layering out in full.
The watch is available at Kitmen’s online shop for $480USD.