Desk Tools

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

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

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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Price: $48.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Walnut Wood Tape Cutter

Perhaps you find yourself fiddling with tape too often- without a proper dispenser, it can be a little silly to search for the end time after time. As luck would have it, this walnut tape cutter is on sale for $30, down from $50. And, if you’re fond of using many different washi tapes on the same project, it looks like it would be easy to switch the tapes out as it’s easy to access from the side.

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Price: $30.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Bridge Paper Shredder

You and I could both think of hundreds (of thousands) of things more exciting than paper shredders. Either they’re behemoths of ugly office design or they’re too small to get through a decent stack of documents, meaning you waste time standing there feeding in sheet by sheet, shaking your fist at your laziness to get rid of sensitive documents in a timely manner. Now, this Bridge Paper Shredder won’t handle stacks at a time, but it does fit on top of any small trash can, meaning you can tuck it away in a drawer when not in use. It’s lightweight, so it could foreseeably fit in a travel bag if needed. And, it won’t hurt your design sensibilities, which means you’re more likely to stay on top of your shredding duties… rrright? Fingers crossed.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

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 = excellent.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal

Hand Carved Geometry Stamp Set

Just try not wanting this Geometry Stamp set, I dare you. Think of the reports you could stamp, the note to your boss or accountant! Oh, the fun to be had with an ink pad and a little geometry! Each set is hand-carved in good-quality hard rubber, and don’t be shy about asking for custom stamps as the artist welcomes commissions.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: this is just to say