Desk Accessories

Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. The Pen Case, shown above, would protect your best writing implements while on the go, while the Pen Container (below) would keep them at hand on your desk. But what if you don’t have a nice pen/pencil collection? Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen to see if they’d suit.
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Price: €70.00 - 120.00
Available from: Kohezi

Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens

Paper clips! But not just any paper clips, of course. These are Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens in all sorts of shapes to keep all sorts of papers in order. Originally these clips began as line drawings, and then were transformed into functional clips. Will they make organizing your paperwork a little more fun? Yes, absolutely, they will, so much so that your desktop will be the envy of your coworkers.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Outline

An entirely new measuring tool that combines three in one is just the thing to reduce desktop disarray. Matching silhouettes of traditional rulers is how Tomas Kral created Outline, and it’ll last well past your drawing days as it’s made from stainless steel with laser engraving. The Outline’s form includes a protractor and right angle with measurements in both inches and centimeters.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Field

Stick-Up Sticks

Did you think the Stick-Up Sticks were coathooks? I did, and I don’t think I’m disappointed to find out that they’re magnets instead. Where will you put them? Possibly the fridge, bulletin board, or any other metal surface could use some photos or notes. Stick a few Stick-Up Sticks there to start, and then see where else you could use them.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Prism Magnifier

You might not need the Prism Magnifier today, but you might make use of it the next time some tiny text with fine details needs a closer look. When you don’t make use if its magnifying properties, it will sure look nice sitting atop that stack of other paperwork that you may or may not have beside your internet machine.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Areaware

Hay’s Wooden Ruler Triangle Set

These triangular rulers are pretty fun with their stripes and bright color contrasts. They’d probably make you happy every time you used them, or maybe even every time you looked at them, which makes them waaay cheaper than all the other things you do to make yourself happy (maybe).

The set of three is priced at just under the $50 mark, which might make it a good gift for someone who likes to draw or that’s fond of bright desk accessories. The straight Wooden Ruler Set (pictured above) is sold separately ($29), fyi.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: A+R Store

World Desk Notepad

Next stop on your world tour? Plan it with the World Desk Notepad. Measuring in at just over 8″x11″, it has enough space to pinpoint your future coordinates or sketch in the possible locations of the various pied-à-terre you’ll have when you retire. You might also play around with testing yourself or your coworkers on country names and borders. That’d be loads of fun, wouldn’t it?
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo

Sheffield Kevlar Shears

Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can’t cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they’re extremely sharp and indestructible.
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Price: $76.00 - 90.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Brass Desk Organizer

Add a little order to your workspace with this triangular Brass Desk Organizer. The brushed, matte finish adds a subtle shine that just might catch your eye every so often to remind you to tidy up any errant papers. Add the Brass Hexagon Pots or the Pencil Cup for pens and pencils.
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Price: $54.00
Available from: TRNK

Archimetric Notebook and Drawing Tool Set

Architects and designers, do you need a new notebook? The grey pages of the Archimetric Notebook are ruled at a scale of 1/100° and 1/50° for precision drafting. There’s a few blank pages as well for other notes and sketches, and, as an extra prize, there’s a scale ruler, bookmark, protractor and t-square included. Once you get through your first book, start numbering the spines for easy reference.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Keyway Ruler

You probably won’t care much about this ruler unless you spend time with papers and pencils, but for those of us that still rely on old school tools most of the time or occasionally, it’s definitely worth a look. The Keyway Ruler has metric units on one side and imperial units on the other, with a rolled edge that allows you to flip between the two systems. And, if you abhor a smudge, rest assured that this rolling of the ruler will decrease the likelihood of any errant marks or blemishes on your work.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

6 Inch Scale Ruler

If you use architectural scales at all in your line of work, you might want to add this 6 Inch Scale Ruler to your bag of tricks. It features measurements from 1/32 of an inch up to 1 inch in a precise yet abstract manner. The absence of numerical lettering will keep your desktop a little less full of visual clutter, which you will probably appreciate even more after staring at drawings all day long.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Mini Container

What would you store in a Mini Container? That’s entirely your business, and we’d probably prefer not to know, thank you very much. However, should you need suggestions, you could use it for paperclips, matches, coins, and other tiny things that find themselves without a home. From the lovely duo DANIEL EMMA in collaboration with good thing.
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Price: $26.00
Available from: good thing

Tool The Bookworm

I know, you rarely have time for books, and even then it’s safe to say you’re likely to pick up a Kindle or iPad instead of a paperback or hardcover. However, on that rare occasion you do read a book, it’d be nice to have a bookmark made of a digitally etched sheet of golden brass, wouldn’t it? Tom Dixon brings us Tool the Bookworm, a collection of metal bookmarks in curious shapes, all of which would be quite at home in any of your favorite books.
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Price: $16.50
Available from: A+R Store

CDT Large Gift Set

Wait just a minute, there’s a CDT gift set and I didn’t know about it? Now you know, and I’ve just saved you the trouble of picking out an excellent gift for your design-minded-desk-accessory-loving friend, because this CDT set has a bunch of goodies: stapler, eraser, sticky notes, fountain pens, glue stick, and mechanical pencil. There’s also a smaller CDT Gift Set if you don’t like your friend all that much*.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt