Desk Tools

MMM Magnifying Glass

Update: Remember when this was $80? Now it’s half off at MoMA Store.

Let’s say you don’t need a magnifying glass to aid poor vision. Instead you’ll use it to inspect small insects, fine fabrics, and secret messages written in tiny print. Also, not that you need fashion advice, but this is a much better choice than wearing a monocle.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Bookmarker

If you still carry around actual (as in paper paged) books, take a look at these metal text bookmarks by Artori Design. Choose between TO BE CONTINUED, COMING SOON, GREAT BOOK!, PAUSED, and YOU ARE HERE. I’m sure we could all think of some other great options should they wish to add to the collection.
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Price: $12.99
Available from: Animi Causa

Table-top Paper holder with Cutter

If you’ve ever used large paper rolls, either for your own art/design use or because you are around kids, you know that they can be a little annoying to use. This tabletop wooden paper cutter holds the roll in place and allows for a neat, straight tear, making everyone’s life just a little easier. There’s also the IKEA MÅLA Tabletop paper holder option for $6.99, and, of course, more robust (and slightly more expensive) steel options available through school supply outlets or Amazon. Or, if you’re handy, you could make a DIY version like this one by Ana White.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: imaginechildhood.com

Paper-made Letter Opener

This looks more like a well crafted shiv than a letter opener, but rest assured its intent is for paperwork rather than protecting yourself in prison. But never mind all that, let’s get to the more impressive feature: the blade of this letter opener is made from a “fusion of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a water-based resin made from cashew nut shells.” Paper + water + cashew shells = blade. Nice. The blade pivots between the two-pieced handle of poplar wood.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Orbit Ruler

True draftsmen and architects may scoff at this ruler, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a beautiful object to grace your workstation with. Besides, drawing circles and arcs is just fun.
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Price: $17.00
Available from: Farm Store

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Ten Design Stationery…

Quick, what do you think this is? It’s from Ten Design Stationery, so, yes, it’s desk related. Answer and info below.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons

Remember the Wax Crayons from DWR back in 2008? Well, when they stopped carrying them, several of you wrote in with alarmed enquiries, thinking you had missed the boat. You had, of course, missed the boat, and no amount of substitues (Block Crayons, Crystal Crayons, Crayon Rings) could make you forget the original. But now, these many years later, you may mop up those tears, for your misspent childhood is not lost forever. It seems as if a little internet sleuthing has turned up the same set, or as close to the same set as possible.

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Price: $55.00
Available from: hazelnut kids

YMSK Triangle Clips

If you think the standard paper or binder clip cannot be improved, think again. Yamsaki Design Works has made a simple revision in shape that improves the function of a paperclip. The triangle clips lay flat, thus keeping a low profile when holding papers together, and leave the paper unwarped when slipped off. Small changes, sure, but small details sometimes make a big difference.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.50
Available from: MUHS HOME

Check List Stamp

If you like your lists nice and tidy, take a look at this acrylic check list stamp from MUJI. For $3.75, you’ll have a much neater frame than just eyeballing it. Repeat the stamp for a longer list, or just do one for a short ‘to-do’ memo each day. (Ink pad is not included.)
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Price: $3.75
Available from: MUJI

Izola Letter Opener

Combine a letter opener with a ruler? Sure, why not? Made from brass-plated alloy, one side has centimeter metrics with the slogan, ‘Follow the rules.’ The other side has inch metrics with the slogan, ‘Break the rules.’ Actually, it looks like that’s opposite from the image shown, so be prepared for a flip flop of slogans. Regardless, it’s always nice to see one tool with multiple functions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Izola Letter Opener here

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Print Workshop Carve a Stamp Kit

Yellow Owl Workshop have been known for creating fun and beautifully illustrated stamp sets, but for the latest kit, they’ve decided not to hog all the fun. The Print Workshop Carve a Stamp Kit is an all-in-one kit to create and print your own stamps. The kit includes: 3×4 linoleum block with cutters, stamp pad, cards, envelopes, gift tags, and an autographed version of Print Workshop, Yellow Owl’s DIY guide to printed matter of all mediums and STUFF, all packaged in a handprinted gift box.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Yellow Owl Workshop

Office Speak Rotating Stamp

Add this to your office stamp collection and see how many phrases you can use on paperwork without annoying your coworkers. Or buy as a gift for someone else to purposefully annoy their coworkers. It should be noted that it would have been enormously helpful to include the phrase ‘this should have been emailed’ just to truly thumb one’s nose at others and, of course, align oneself with the paperless movement.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Knock Knock

Cast Iron Tape Dispenser

This won’t be going anywhere. It’s made from heavy cast iron, so you can be sure it’ll keep your tape in place no matter what. It’s just too bad that it also has a hefty price tag. Available with black or white text.
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Price: $88.00
Available from: Rain Collection

Marking Clips, Tool Set

Cute, right? These little clips might be an improvement upon your regular paperclips, especially as they could be used for bookmarks as well. There’s also a Fasten Set but it’s temporarily out of stock.

Package contains 30 metal clips (.5″ x 1″) in 3 shapes: Pliers, Wrench, and Hammer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: The Curiosity Shoppe

Block Crayons

It’s the end of the week, and just as you think your liquified brain can do more creating, your hands can clasp no more writing utensils, and the spittle from the corner of your mouth is the only means to communicate your displeasure and utter lack of interest, these block crayons come into view. These non toxic pure beeswax crayons are easy to grasp, no matter one’s age or hand size, and allow for artistic expression wherever one’s state of mind happens to be. Plus, each set is $5, which says you should buy a few extras and pass them out to others in need.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: ACME party box