Desk Tools

Benbecula Letter Opener

Shazam! This lethal looking letter opener designed by Enzo Mari in 1961 (for Danese Milano, Italy) still has the classic lines to catch my eyes in this year of 2010.

Presented in a classic gift box.
Material: Stainless steel with satin finish.
Dimensions: 13.39″ l x 0.98″ to 7.76″ w

(Special: $86.00 instead of $125.00)

Also, this looks like a slightly different version (dimensions, color and price) here: $106.00.

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Price: $86.00
Availability: Buy Benbecula Letter Opener here

Washi Paper Masking Tape

We’ve posted something like this before, but these have a slight variation in colors and have more of a pastel tone.

This multi-purpose adhesive tape is made of washi, handmade Japanese paper known for its use by artists and craftspeople. It comes in 10 beautiful colors can be used for gift-wrapping, book-marking, arts and crafts, and other projects. It is easy to tear by hand, write on, and remove.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy Washi Paper Masking Tape here

Days of the Week Magnets

Yeah, you could make some of these yourself, but will you? These could be super handy for planning out your week if you’re the magnet board type. (Note: don’t underestimate small details in your workspace, sometimes they can make a big difference in motivating you to keep your projects/thoughts organized.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Availability: Buy Days of the Week Magnets here

Stationery Set

For this price, you could buy a bunch and give them out to co-workers as holiday gifts. Not sure if some of the items are plastic or metal, but the set at least looks a whole lot nicer than $12.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Stationery Set here

Infini Letter Opener by Frank Nichols

Letter openers are one of those things that you think you don’t really need until… a) you get a nasty paper cut. b) accidentally tear up an extremely important document in your haste of opening the mail. c) you spot your arch nemesis sneaking up behind your desk with a steak knife. or d) all of the above.

(Also, UMA is having a 5th Anniversary Sale with 20% off everything through November 1st. That’s right, 20% off every single thing. Can you believe it?)

Cast zink alloy letter opener by renowned designer Frank Nichols. Elegant simple shape that is a practical addition to any desk. Beautiful gift box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $23.96
Availability: Buy Infini Letter Opener by Frank Nichols here

Keyboard Brush

To add to the collection of slightly odd Housekeeping Brushes, this keyboard brush will certainly prompt you to keep those keys clean.

Contributing to the longevity of your keyboards is this clever brush with bristles of different lengths. The raised black bristles also look and feel like a large Braille message. Made in a former school for the blind, the company now employs blind people to produce these extraordinary and function brush items. Made in Germany.

Dimension: 2 in. W x 8.5 in. L x 2 in. H

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Keyboard Brush here

Rhodia Mouse Pad Paper Pad

This has to have been done before somewhere by someone. A paper pad mousepad doesn’t take a lot to put together, after all. However, to be fair (and slightly contradictory) I am a fan of Rhodia notepads, so it’s awfully tempting to snap one of these up for myself. The lovely grid pad combined with the appropriately sized mousepad makes one less thing on the workspace surface (and that’s never a bad thing).

Use the note pad as a mouse pad, write notes on it while you use it. When you want to have a clean slate, just tear off the top sheet and start fresh.
There are 30 sheets of graph paper, with a grid size of 25 squares per square inch (quadrille 5/5 mm square).

7.5 x 9 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.50
Availability: Buy Rhodia Mouse Pad Paper Pad here

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The Art of Hand Magnets

At first these looked like Barbie-sized hand magnets, but they’re quite a bit larger than that, thank goodness. Barbie-sized hand magnets probably wouldn’t be very functional (unless they were mighty-magnet strong).

Each set includes 8 hands measuring 7cm x 3.5cm. Hand signals include; Budha hand, pick up the phone, ok, high five, raise your hand, win and good.

Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Availability: Buy The Art of Hand Magnets here

On/Off Magnet

On? Off? Either way this magnet will keep things right where you put them.

Like turning on and off the switch, turn the magnet “on” to stick memos on the fridge, or turn it “off” to use a pair as a photo stand. It’s simple, yet versatile and fun to play with during those “off” moments!
Package comes in a set of 4 on/off magnets.

W2.0″ x L1.0″ x H0.4″

$16.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy On/Off Magnet here

I am a Paper Paper Clip

Here’s an excellent idea: a paper paper clip that’s safe to put through a paper shredder.

Made from 100% sustainable wood pulp.
Each clip measures 1 inch long and will hold up to 20 sheets of paper.
50 clips to the pack.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Availability: Buy I am a Paper Paper Clip here

Get To The Points – Magnetic Slip-Over-the-Page Bookmarks

With that back-to-school feeling in the air, there might as well be some study aids featured. Similar to the Book Darts I posted a while ago, these bookmarks will hold a place without damage to pages. The magnetic closure ensures each mark will stay secure and the colors allow for some coding should you need it. (These sort of look like a hybrid of post-it flags and the Book Darts, don’t you think?)

These colorful, reusable magnetic bookmarks are a super easy way to prominently mark a specific line of text for future reference, a memorable passage in a book, or earmark all your favorite recipes. Simply open the point and slip the bookmark over a page and it will adhere securely. So much more book friendly than resorting to bent corners, paper clips, or high-lighting; and much neater than post-it notes sticking out of a book to note a place. Their glossy coating makes them super durable. Great for students, researchers or anyone who wants to notate something in a book without harming the pages.

25 multi-colored bookmarks to a container.

$8.75, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.75
Availability: Buy Get To The Points – Magnetic Slip-Over-the-Page Bookmarks here

BookMarker™

Carrying around a pen, flags, and bookmarks? Silliness! This all in one BookMarker™ is thin enough to act as a bookmark but big enough to house a pen and page flags, making your notes a breeze.

BookMarker™ is super thin, so it fits easily in your book to mark your page WITHOUT breaking your book binding. The design includes a nifty strap that wraps around your book to keep the BookMarker™ in place and keep your book closed…

$5.99, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.99
Availability: Buy BookMarker™ here

Anything Desk Accessories

Designed by Michael Sodeau, these desk accessories will brighten up your work area and hopefully help mundane tasks seem a bit less mundane.

a collaboration between UK-based designer michael sodeau and the japanese company suikosha, the ANYTHING collection presents an inspired collection for the home or office.

winner of the RED DOT design award.

anything ruler set, $49.00
anything erasers, $4.00
anything scissors, $39.00
anything stapler, $39.00
anything tape dispenser, $39.00
anything alarm clock, $69.00

Buy it here.

P-Hook Bookmarks

These P-hook bookmarks would be incredibly handy for frequently used reference material.

Pack of 12. Three each of four colors.
$7.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy P-Hook Bookmarks here

Normal Bookmark

Okay, so I read a lot of books (as in several books a week) and I hate bookmarks. But I love these bookmarks. They’re a perfect size, with perfectly round edges with a perfect paper thickness. No ads, no labels, no cute kitten or frilly tassel or anything. Perfect.

…I feel our simple human lives have become quite suffocated and fatigued under the overwhelming pressure from modern-day media. Good design is design that is invisible and should be free of the designer’s ego. Who designed the plastic bag? the ash tray? the bicycle? the salt shaker? Most of us have never considered these things because they just work, albeit anonymously…normal bookmark is a simple, plain bookmark made from quality paper with a natural texture and color. When you slot a normal bookmark into a book, it begins to do its job quietly. It has just the right thickness and bends a little with the flipping of pages. Its natural shade blends humbly into the book. The slightly textured surface keeps it from falling. -the designer Aen Tan

pack of 5, $7.00
pack of 10, $12.00
pack of 20, $18.00
Buy it here.

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