Desk Tools

Woodbar

Do you need a wooden paperweight in the shape of a gold bar? Maybe not, but that’ll change once you open your windows and papers go flying everywhere. The intention behind this design is to remind us all about the value of wood; it acts a clever option to hold a stack of paperwork at bay.

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Price: $39.00
Available from: Mookum

City Clips

City page clips! Produced to scale- and 5000 times smaller than the real buildings- these City Clips can keep your spot in a book or hold your place in a stack of paperwork. The New York set includes the the iconic Empire State Building, Hearst Tower, Chrysler Building and the New York Life Building; there’s also a Paris and London skyline set available as well.
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Price: £6.75
Available from: Another Studio

Ruler Stick

Can you believe that the United States has still not fully embraced the metric system? Do your part by using rulers that have both customary and metric measurements, just like this Ruler Stick you see before you. It has inches on one side, which you know and love, and centimeters on the other. Brought to the Cooper-Hewitt Shop by KIOSK.
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Price: $26.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Craft Design Technology

What do you get the pickiest of design aficionados? Any item from Craft Design Technology, that’s what. How could you not fall head over heels for a collection of high quality work tools designed to be “beautiful, functional and enduring”? I want all of it (specifically, the scissors have been on my wish list ever since ’08). Available in the US from VETTED or peruse CDT’s shoplist for more options. More of the collection below.
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Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: VETTED

Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser here

Wooden Ruler by HAY

Striped, random rulers are sure to cheer you up no matter what. Just look at those colors and lines! I’d say if you’re going to get one, you might as well get a few, especially as you can’t specify which one(s) you prefer. That’s good news, by the way, as it’d be hard to pick favorites.

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Price: £7.00
Available from: HAUS

Brass Alphabet Bookmark

Midori just keeps making brass desktop tools that are hard to resist. And this one packs a double function: use as a bookmark and as a stencil. Even if your handwriting isn’t all that bad, a little block lettering now and then won’t hurt, right? It’ll most likely fit perfectly within your notebook.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

FIELD Magnifier

Don’t you dare say you have no need for a magnifier. What about those tiny hairs and freckles on your hand? The intricate markings of your own signature? The fuzzy anthers of a flower? Or the crisp text on that print out sitting on your desk? This heavy bronze magnifier designed by Daniel/Emma (in collaboration with Field) doubles as a paper weight and will keep your curiosity sharp.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: FIELD

‘Errare’ Eraser

For those days when you really screw up, pick up this eraser and read the notable latin phrase aloud: “Errare humanum est.” That translates into ‘To err is human’ if you hadn’t guessed, and will make you feel just a tiny bit better about whatever mess you made. On a side note, you might as well get several, and give them away one by one to friends/coworkers when they need the same reminder.
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Price: €5.00
Available from: Atypyk

On a Roll Tape Dispenser

A tape dispenser is rarely described as anything other than just plain (snore) useful, but black + blum have certainly put their brains to use in creating one that is decidedly better than above average- and that translates into pretty damn good. Yep, you read it right, that’s a ‘damn’ in front of a ‘good’ and I’m talking about a tape dispenser.

Gravity removes the need for a separate spindle and the cast iron is heavy enough to use with one hand. So, it’s minimal, durable, and functional? Check, check, and check. And high five to you, black + blum, for creating an excellent alternative to the cheap and unattractive plastic versions found on too many desktops. If I shared an office with anyone other than my dog, I’d be hinting pretty hard that I’d want this for the next gift exchange.

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Price: $43.50
Available from: black + blum

Tool The Mathematician

Finally! These desk tools from Tom Dixon are now available online, and they’re just the kind of thing you want even if you don’t necessarily need them, or maybe that’s just me. Choose the whole set (Tool The Mathematician- includes a Ruler, Protractor, Set Square and Paper Clips for $130) or purchase the items separately (Tool The Golden Rule, $20, Tool The Copycat, $80, and Tool The Clip, $16). All pieces are cut from sheet brass.

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Price: $130.00
Available from: YLiving

Roll / Rule

Hold your hand up if you want an etched acrylic ruler. My hand is raised, how about yours? Designed by Paul Cocksedge, these rulers are sculptural pieces with millimeter accuracy, and they’re intended for functional use, mind you, so don’t just admire it from across the room. Choose between the classic square or the round barrel. Also, do I need to hit you over the head with the obvious fact that either of these would make an excellent gift? No? I didn’t think so.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: The Glass House

Manual Paper Shredder

No electricity needed, just a little elbow grease and your sensitive documents and bills are shredded lickety split. Let me guess, you like that a) it uses manual labor rather than electricity, b) you won’t need to worry about your tie/necklace getting caught and potentially strangling you, c) you’ll finally get some exercise, d) your workspace will be rid of that loud paper shredder noise, or e) all of the above.

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Price: $44.00
Available from: HORNE

Brass Clip Number

The Midori collection over at baum-kuchen has me adding a few desk accessories to my shopping list, namely, these brass clip numbers. Each clip is made of solid brass and could be used as a bookmark/place holder or simply to keep small paper items together. I think they’d be handy in a planner to mark out months for easy reference.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Baum-kuchen

Archery Tacks

Perhaps your bulletin board needs a few of these arrow tail tacks? They have a fancier look than the more primitive stick-and-feather variety (GOT fans, you know what I’m talking about here), but there’s nothing wrong with a little gold amongst your notes and favorite pictures. Sold in a set of 3.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Debra Folz