This is my favorite Japanese design at Salone Satelite 2008 in Milan. It uses LED light, and the light indicates the time.
MILE design project
Design project mile was formed by Bandai Matsuo (acoustic engineer), Kentaro Kai (software engineer) and Kozo Shimoyama (interior designer) while they were still students at the University of Tsukuba. After they graduated from 2000 to 2003, they continued the project while becoming fully active in their own respective fields. They changed the name to MILE in 2008 and started working in full scale as a team. As “three heads are better than one” (the Chinese character for MILE can be read as san which also means three), they are expanding their design activities making use of each member’s specialty. Incorporating humor-filled storytelling, they create designs that pleasantly link people, things and space.
Among the awards they’ve received is the Good Design Award (2006) for Something to Touch, which is a set of Wajima lacquer speakers.