Desk Organizers

Side by Side Blackboard

I’d say this blackboard is a good buy not only for the spare & simple design, but also for where your dollars will go.

Challenging the idea that a message board needs to be hidden behind a door, this Blackboard, made by Side by Side, has a quiet presence that is suitable for any kitchen, office or kid’s room. In a size that’s specifically made for residential and small spaces, this functional design is frameless, which leaves a lot of space to write, and makes erasing easier. Based in Germany, Side by Side is a nonprofit mentoring program that matches a craftsperson with a mentally or physically disabled apprentice to create a team that brings a designer’s work to fruition. These workshops are subsidized by various welfare organizations in Germany, so that all profits can go directly to the people handcrafting these products. Side by Side is successfully fulfilling two missions: To create modern, useful objects and to bring a social environment and professionalism to a wider portion of the community.

Painted MDF; lacquered maple; chalk; sponge.
H 20″ W 14.25″ D 3.5″
$110.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Availability: Buy Side by Side Blackboard here

Wooden Memo Board

The magnetic twigs of this bulletin board will add a playful note to your messages.

“Add a touch of nature to your home or office with this magnetic board made of walnut with a set of five magnetic twigs for adhering notes and cards.”

Made in Germany
Size: Board: 14h x 8.5w x .25″d

$90.00 ($81.00 Members),
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Availability: Buy Wooden Memo Board here

Desk Set now on sale

This complete set includes a Letter Tray Set, Long Box with Lid, Business Card File, Business Card Holder, Modular Organizer and Mouse Pad.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $418
Availability: Buy Desk Set now on sale here

The Slott Stackable Paper Tray

This stackable tray is half off and just might help you be a little more efficient at getting paperwork organized.

Metal paper trays are held at a graceful angle by two espresso brown ABS plastic side supports. A special notch system easily allows any number of slotted metal trays to stack securely — no additional parts are required.

Available colors: Red or Black.
$24.00 $14.00, Buy it here.

(This item’s link and price was updated 10/30/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $$19.95
Availability: Buy The Slott Stackable Paper Tray here

shiro pencil/pen holder by adrian olabuenaga

Pencil holder with the illusion of a floating ring created as a tribute to Kuramata.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy shiro pencil/pen holder by adrian olabuenaga here

Metaphys Desk Trays

Back in December Kris posted the
Metaphys Desk items and they’re now available in the U.S./Canada. (Plus, there’s a few more pictures to show the storage capacities.)

‘Create a modern landscape on your desk with the wittily designed Stationary Desk Tray series. Each model, inspired by a natural feature, performs its job according to its composition: the “Soto” (forest) holds your elastic bands, the “Volca” (volcano) dispenses your paper clips, and the “Lago” (lake) is the perfect, water-filled stamp moistener. Arranged together, their visual and tactile appeal is extremely powerful… which can, ironically, make doing actual work a bit more difficult!’

Soto, $39.00: 4.75″W x 4.75″L x 2.25″H
Volca, $39.00: 4.75″W x 4.75″L x 1.5″H
Lago, $39.00: 4.75″W x 4.75″L x 1″H
Set of 3 (one of each), $99.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy Metaphys Desk Trays here

Pulp Bulletin Board

Such a smart use of old magazines- I like the fact you can ‘wedge’ paper in between the pages too…

“Pulp Bulletin Board is made from densely packed used magazines and works just like a normal bulletin board. You can also wedge in business cards and other materials and skip the push-pin all together.”

12″ square.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Pulp Bulletin Board here

Alice Park Felt Office/Desk Set

These would be just the thing to jump start some desk organization.

“Hand-made entirely of felt, these handy grey and green boxes have inset
areas to place pens and pencils, rubber bands, paper clips or any other
small pieces of desktop detritus. The more-organized user can fold the
boxes in half to cover their coveted supplies, while a freer soul can
leave them open, perhaps allowing small binder clips to mingle with the
thumbtacks. Modular and aesthetically quiet, these simple rectilinear
shapes are sized to scale, providing an invaluable organizational tool.”

Grey felt, 80% wool, 20% nylon; green felt, 100% wool.

Small box (two included), closed: H 1.5″ W 3.25″ D 3.25″, open: H .75″ W 6.75″ D 3.25″
Medium box (one included), closed: H 1.5″ W 3.25″ D 4.25″, open: H .75″ W 6.75″ D 4.25
Large box (one included), closed: H 1.5″ W 3.25″ D 11″, open: H .75″ W 6.75″ D 11″

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Availability: Buy Alice Park Felt Office/Desk Set here

Metaphys Desk items

I’ve recently just been introduced to the amazingly simple, functional art items by Metaphys out of Japan. From left to right, paper clip holder, tape dispenser and rubber band holder. It would create an interesting landscape on one’s desk.

More information:

View Metaphys Desk items here

Source: Via

Letter Holder by Koray Ozgen, 1999

Whether this might be a last minute gift for someone else or a necessary object to tame your own desk clutter,
it’s a sure fire way to make sure letters stay put in a nice, graphic way.

“Organize your home or office with this letter holder which features a pictogram of an envelope on both sides. Made of powder epoxy-coated steel.”

3.5h x 4.75w x 1.5″d

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/12/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Letter Holder by Koray Ozgen, 1999 here

Stainless Steel Desk Accessories

At these prices, it’s an easy reason/excuse to tidy up your workspace.

Pen Tray. 11″Wx2.5″Dx1.5″H, $9.95

Memo Holder. 4″Wx4.25″Dx1.5″H, reg. $5.95 $4.95

Paper Tray. 9.75″Wx13″Dx1.5″H, reg. $19.95 $14.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Availability: Buy Stainless Steel Desk Accessories here

Organized File Folders

Recently saw these in a magazine- would be an excellent gift for yourself or an unorganized friend…

‘Set of six file folders: “One of these days I’m going to get myself organazized.” Inspired by Robert De Niro in the movie by Taxi Driver. Packaged in a cello bag with a contents band.’

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Organized File Folders here

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Pen Pen

“Yes , a little brother for your Crumpled Bin, its the Pen Pen, same design same quirkiness but for your desk. A desk tidy with a difference.A holder for pens, scissors-indeed anything.The design links the pen and the crumpled paper from a writers early drafts, to create a useful desktop tool.”

[posted by kris]

More information:

View Pen Pen here

Reality Desk Set

It’s such a relief to see smart desk accessories…

“Allen reinterprets ordinary office objects for this desk set which includes a pencil tray, rubber band ball paperweight, and business card holder. Made of white resin cast from real objects.”

Pencil Tray: 2h x 6w x 2.5″d
Card Holder: 2h x 2.4w x 2.5″d
Paperweight: 2.5″diam

Purchase Information:

Price: $90
Availability: Buy Reality Desk Set here

Music Mug

Here’s a nice idea to clean up your desk area without giving up your soundtrack, a win-win situation.

“A new interpretation of the desktop coffee cup, this white ceramic mug holds an MP3 player and has a built-in speaker. Simply insert the mini plug into an MP3 player’s earphone jack to serve up quality sound. The MP3 player provides the power source, so no additional batteries are needed. Cannot be used for drinking.”

Size: 4.5h x 3.25″diam.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Availability: Buy Music Mug here