Desk Tools

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

Concrete Goods by 22 Design STudio

These new desk accessories from 22 Design Studio are sure to snazz up your desk/workspace. The 4th Dimension Clock, Sketch Pencil and Sketch Pen are cast in concrete and provide the pragmatic functions needed in a workspace; they also stand as works of art on their own.
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Filo Tape Dispenser

Talk about minimalist office supplies, could this tape dispenser be reduced any further? Made of mirror polished stainless steel, it measures 2.25″ wide and 3.25″ in depth. That could be the smallest dispenser ever, or at least the smallest (and least likely to offend anyone’s eyes) available in today’s marketplace. It certainly won’t win points for ease of use, but for those of you that want a dispenser to fit in a small desk drawer or perhaps even your briefcase or bag, it could be the right option.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Rubber X-Bands

Time for an update. We posted these years ago, and they’ve not disappeared from our wishlists, though they have slightly changed in terms of pricing and available retailers. These Rubber X-Bands would come in handy for all sorts of office related papers and miscellany, or, better yet, for keeping a small gift box sealed as shown. Each box has an assortment of four sizes and colors, 16 rubberbands in total.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Arcadian Stamp Series

Stamps! Whether you think you need them or not, take a look at the various designs of the Arcadian Stamp series from Imm-Living. There’s one or two that’s sure to tempt you, perhaps the old fashioned telephone, or typewriter? Maybe you don’t want to have too many trinkets on your desk, but just think of finishing off a nice handwritten note with an Anchor or Heart; it’ll be just the thing to add a personal touch.
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Price: $18.00 each
Available from: Huset-shop.com

Desktop Series by Another Country

Another Country has some lovely furniture, for sure, but have you seen these desk accessories? The smaller items have just as much thoughtful function and considered style as the furniture pieces, and, dare I say, it’s hard to go wrong with that particular brand of consistency. There’s a tall Pencil Pot, a Sharpener Pot (for pencil shavings), a Tape Dispenser, and an Eraser Pot with an actual eraser as its lid.
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Price: $119.00
Available from: Another Country

ANYTHING Letter Opener

If you receive no letters in the mail, good for you. For the rest of us, there are times when we are in need of a letter opener, and it would be nice to have one that did not offend the eyes. The Letter Opener by ANYTHING is just about as utilitarian as things get, and has that modern sensibility that our optical systems like so well. Do be sure to take a look at the collection of ANYTHING Desk Accessories if you’re not familiar with it already.
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Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy ANYTHING Letter Opener here