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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: $160.00
Available from: FIELD

Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens

Paper clips! But not just any paper clips, of course. These are Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens in all sorts of shapes to keep all sorts of papers in order. Originally these clips began as line drawings, and then were transformed into functional clips. Will they make organizing your paperwork a little more fun? Yes, absolutely, they will, so much so that your desktop will be the envy of your coworkers.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Prism Magnifier

You might not need the Prism Magnifier today, but you might make use of it the next time some tiny text with fine details needs a closer look. When you don’t make use of its magnifying properties, it will sure look nice sitting atop that stack of other paperwork that you may or may not have beside your internet machine.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Areaware

Hay’s Wooden Ruler Triangle Set

These triangular rulers are pretty fun with their stripes and bright color contrasts. They’d probably make you happy every time you used them, or maybe even every time you looked at them, which makes them waaay cheaper than all the other things you do to make yourself happy (maybe).

The set of three is priced at just under the $50 mark, which might make it a good gift for someone who likes to draw or that’s fond of bright desk accessories. The straight Wooden Ruler Set (pictured above) is sold separately ($29), fyi.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: A+R Store

Keyway Ruler

You probably won’t care much about this ruler unless you spend time with papers and pencils, but for those of us that still rely on old school tools most of the time or occasionally, it’s definitely worth a look. The Keyway Ruler has metric units on one side and imperial units on the other, with a rolled edge that allows you to flip between the two systems. And, if you abhor a smudge, rest assured that this rolling of the ruler will decrease the likelihood of any errant marks or blemishes on your work.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

6 Inch Scale Ruler

If you use architectural scales at all in your line of work, you might want to add this 6 Inch Scale Ruler to your bag of tricks. It features measurements from 1/32 of an inch up to 1 inch in a precise yet abstract manner. The absence of numerical lettering will keep your desktop a little less full of visual clutter, which you will probably appreciate even more after staring at drawings all day long.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Tool The Bookworm

I know, you rarely have time for books, and even then it’s safe to say you’re likely to pick up a Kindle or iPad instead of a paperback or hardcover. However, on that rare occasion you do read a book, it’d be nice to have a bookmark made of a digitally etched sheet of golden brass, wouldn’t it? Tom Dixon brings us Tool the Bookworm, a collection of metal bookmarks in curious shapes, all of which would be quite at home in any of your favorite books.
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Price: $16.50
Available from: A+R Store

CDT Large Gift Set

Wait just a minute, there’s a CDT gift set and I didn’t know about it? Now you know, and I’ve just saved you the trouble of picking out an excellent gift for your design-minded-desk-accessory-loving friend, because this CDT set has a bunch of goodies: stapler, eraser, sticky notes, fountain pens, glue stick, and mechanical pencil. There’s also a smaller CDT Gift Set if you don’t like your friend all that much*.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

Tool Bookmark byAMT

If you still turn paper pages, you might just need a bookmark like these brass tabs by Alissia Melka-Teichroew (byAMT). One brass bookmark says ‘PAGE’ and the other ‘WORD’ so you’ll be able to mark your spot with precision. This set of 2 bookmarks were re-designed in 2014 exclusively for the Shop Cooper Hewitt in conjunction with the Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition Tools: Extending our Reach.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

‘Pretty Things Inside’ Paper Tape

If you’re going to send a package off, you might as well tease the recipient with tape that says something. If ‘pretty things’ isn’t really your style, there’s also the ‘I love it. What is it?’ paper tape, which also does the job of prepping the recipient with positive anticipation. The tape is strong enough for cardboard boxes yet can be teared by hand.
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Price: $7.05
Available from: Jelanie

Mathematics Scissors

Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.
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Price: €150.00
Available from: DESIGN YxR

Pon – The Punctureless Push Pin

So smart! The Pon is a punctureless push pin by Mark Weiser. Instead of piercing your paper/photo/item, it hugs the item you want to display, thus keeping your item free of holes. Simply slide whatever you want to display inside the coil and then slide it out when you’re done looking at it. Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $7.00
Available from: Kickstarter

The Level from FluidStance

No, it’s not a hoverboard, but it certainly will help you move around more. The Level by FluidStance is a platform that increases your range of movement while standing. It’s similar to a skateboard in size, yet it has a central rounded base that keeps your muscles engaged- they’ll need to work a little harder to keep you steady.
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Price: $289.00
Available from: FluidStance

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Cantili Tape Dispenser

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have known this was a tape dispenser? Hanshi Chen and Shikai Tseng of Poetic Lab further expand their desk accessory collection with the Cantili Tape Dispenser. Two concave circles and a cantilever compose a light design that’s stable enough to use with one hand. Available in three tones: Polished Silver, Polished Copper, and Polished Gold.
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Price: $139.00
Available from: Luminaire

Lino Paper Knife

This paper knife is so sleek it’s scary. A solid black matte finish and a super sharp point make it look like it’s a futuristic weapon, and you’re welcome to pretend it’s such as long as you don’t engage in any role play- someone is bound to get hurt. Keep it on your desk, admire it for its sculptural shape, and use it safely, as intended, as a paper knife.
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Price: $61.00
Available from: Luminaire