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Desk Tools

Spring Scissors

Update your cutting tool options by adding the Spring Scissors to your desk drawer or toolbox. Made from a a single piece of metal, the flattened and sharpened blades hold tension purely from the bent spring of the handle. Oh, and need it be pointed out that these scissors are appropriate for both left and right hands?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

The Illuminated Bookmark

Okay, now, no need to worry about what to get me for a gift- one of these Illuminated Bookmarks will do just fine. It’s a bookmark printed on a special film with ink that transmits electricity. See the circuit the ink creates? Add a lithium coin battery between the positive and negative ends and you’ve got an LED light. Pretty fun, huh? It’s sure to please any reader that is fond of technology.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: designboom

HMM TapeDispenser

Shall we talk tape dispensers? They’re somewhat necessary in our homes and office environments, yet most are clunky and boring. Not the HMM TapeDispenser, though, as it has a magnetic core holder which holds the tape gracefully in one-third of a traditional dispenser’s size. A weighted base allows for one hand to pull and tear the tape, so your other hand can juggle, sip coffee or give someone the bird.
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Price: CAD65.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Outline Tool

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

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter? Yes, please.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal Store

Pon+ Pin

Do you remember the harmless Pon Push Pin? The same folks have a new version (aptly named Pon+) that’s a bit bigger and has a smart pull tab. Pull the tab and slide your pictures/artwork underneath for easy display and no puncture wounds. The bigger size means it can hold larger loads as well.
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Price: $13.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Phi Scissors by Hay Denmark

Pretty, pretty scissors. A carbon gold plated handle will dress up any cutting chore while two different sizes will ensure that the blade fits the job. Ugly scissors on your desktop? Of course not. It would ruin all those artistic instagram shots of your workspace and disappoint your many, many fans.
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Price: CAD40.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Concrete Desk Set

One thing is for sure, these desk accessories aren’t going anywhere. They’ll not be tipped over or jostled easily, as they’re made of hefty concrete with subtle, curved edges. We first posted this collection back in 2011, so you know they’ll not be lumped in with those ‘trendy’ sorts of office supplies. All pieces are hand-cast from solid concrete.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Areaware

Cork Cube Tape Dispenser

Cork + cube + tape dispenser. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Cork is very eco-friendly (100% sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable) and oh-so-handy to use as a pinning spot as it has self-healing surface. Throw in a tape dispenser on one side and you’ve got a two-in-one desktop tool that will help keep your notes and pictures tidy.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

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 rikumo. More of the collection below.
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Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: rikumo

Carl Auböck Oversized Paperclip

It’s a very, very large paperclip. Use it as a bookmark, as shown above, or as a paperweight. Considering it’s designed by Carl Auböck, and hand-crafted from solid brass in Auböck’s fourth-generation Viennese workshop, it will retain its value for years to come. Don’t believe me? Do a search for Auböck’s pieces on any collector’s site (or Ebay) and you’ll see. Consider this as a very nice gift for that someone who has everything (except a huge brass paperclip).
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Ode to Things

HAY Tape Block Dispenser

What to do with your favorite washi tape rolls? Organize them neatly upon the Tape Block Dispenser from HAY, that’s what. Simple beech wood dispensers have room for either 1, 3 or 5 rolls of tape, so you’ll be ready to tape up whatever package or envelope with no fussing about.
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Price: $26.00
Available from: Huset Shop

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
Available from: Areaware

Golden Section Finder

You’re familiar with the golden ratio, yes? Parsons & Charlesworth has made this “pocket sized gazing device” to help you find “the proportional perfection in your surroundings.” You’ll be a mathematical sleuth, whipping out your finder to ascertain which things around you follow the ratio, and maybe you’ll find that proportionally pleasing things have the ratio demonstrated in one way or the other.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Colorplay Hourglasses

You would use one of these hourglasses for a) timing your meditation, b) making sure you do the right amount of pushups/sit-ups, c) making sure you don’t spend too much time on social media, or d) tackling email. None of those sound very fun, do they? Let’s add e) taking a break from work for a (timed) spontaneous dance party.
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Price: $$6.00 +
Available from: MoMA Store