Desk Tools

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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No longer available.

Colored Masking Tape

All this talk of gifts but none on how to wrap them…presentation is important, and with this tape it’s super simple and easy to make your gift look festive. Also, keep these tapes in mind for a gift or stocking stuffer as well…I’m sure many creative types would love to have such a variety of colors.

10 Pack of half-inch tape: W .5″ L 15m
20 Pack of quarter-inch tape: W .25″ L 15m

Update: DWR no longer carries the tape shown above, however the retailer link below has similar colored tape.
$2.29 per roll (60 yards), Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2.29
Availability: Buy Colored Masking Tape here

Rubberband Monuments

I keep finding stuff that would be great gifts for coworkers or stocking stuffers…apologies if you’re not in that frame of mind yet…

Fasten your stuff together with these cool rubber bands shaped like six different famous monuments. 24 pieces in all.

$8.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99
Availability: Buy Rubberband Monuments here

Scissor (letter opener)

Yes, this does look a little scary, but all letter openers usually do, even if they’re not black and from half of a pair of scissors.

Open your mail.
Paperknife made of scissors branch.
Black plated steel.
Size : 18cm. long

29.00 €, or $37.12, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro37.12
Availability: Buy Scissor (letter opener) here

Craft Scissors

Does anyone else think these look infinitely more comfortable to use than regular two-pronged (for lack of a better term) scissors?

A great all-purpose scissor to have around the house for precision cutting of paper, fabric and other materials, these Craft Scissors are forged from high-grade carbon steel with tungsten. Called a “grip scissor,” the centuries-old design has been discovered in several ancient cultures, including Greece, Egypt and China. Made in Japan by Kiya, a 200-year-old cutlery specialty shop.

H 4.25″ W 1″ D .25″
Carbon steel with tungsten

$55.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Craft Scissors here

Desk Blotter

Desk blotters always seem like proper things to have in a work area, and while sometimes ‘proper’ looking things tend to have a traditional flair, this one is decidedly modern and affordable.

Hand crafted in Fabriano, Italy, this simple yet elegant Desk Blotter will transform any desktop into a unique and stylish workspace. Made from natural recycled leather — a rugged, environmentally friendly material that is used for furniture and other heavy-duty applications — it is easy to care for and extremely resistant to stains, wear, and tear. Black.

21″ x 14.25″

$29.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Desk Blotter here

Book Darts

These are a great alternative to sticky post-its.

Hold that thought! Now you can draw attention to any line in a book without harming the pages. Book Darts are reusable bronze line-markers that stay put, and are so much more elegant than bent corners, paper clips, post-it notes or highlighting. Ideal for students, researchers, professionals, and avid readers. Darts measure 1″ long and slide on and off pages easily.

Material: Copper
Dimension: 3/8″x1″
Designed by: Bookdarts

$9.95 for 50 Buy it here.

Larger quantities available: Buy it here.

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Price: $9.95
Availability: Buy Book Darts here

Wax Crayons in a Box (Set of 24)

These make me happy just by looking at them.
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No longer available.

Foster Series tape dispenser

So this special tape dispenser has a trick: when you’re finished, you simply remove the lid from underneath (the black bit) and the tape sinks down so you can cover it all up.

designer: Norman Foster
materials: aluminum and “Perdur” (a type of rubber)
4.5″ x 1.75″, height 2.75″
$130.00,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Availability: Buy Foster Series tape dispenser here

Magnetic Leaves

Look at these- anywhere a magnet sticks can be immediately transformed into a surface covered with leaves(!).

“Wouldn’t it be nice to add a little more green in your house without all the fuss of watering. Each of these leaf shaped magnets is made of soft plastic. Imagine the impact you could create on appliances, file cabinets….Sold separately.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $2.50
Availability: Buy Magnetic Leaves here

Stamp No. 2

Say it with a stamp…

Stamp that says: THANK YOU FOR SHARING, IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME

3×4 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Availability: Buy Stamp No. 2 here

CDT Universal Scissors & Desk Set

CDT’s workspace tools have me itching to update my desktop accessories.

“The CDT Universal Scissors (2006) are a true example of form following
function – their universal appeal lies in their ability to be used by
left- and right-handed people alike. The unique shape is crafted
entirely from brushed stainless steel. Craft Design Technology (CDT) is
a Japanese company that’s very much an expression of today’s global
design culture.”

CDT Scissors: $125 
CDT Desk Set:
$589 $500

Thanks Blaine!

[posted by katie]

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No longer available.

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square peg mighty magnets

I recently purchased some super strong magnets so I could create an impromptu bulletin board anywhere. I just put some nails into the wall and now I can easily (and temporarily) put papers up on the wall with the magnets. It’s great because the papers don’t get damaged, and unlike bulletin boards, once the nails are in they don’t have to be moved with new placement.

You can also get 25 of them for $4.50from a science store

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.95
Availability: Buy square peg mighty magnets here

Compact Stapler by Muji

While walking around NYC, Katie and I stumbled upon the MOMA store, which has a large section of Muji items from the well known Japanese retailer. We each bought a number of items, but the one I think we were both most excited about was the mini stapler. It’s tiny, functional and a perfect addition to my mobile office.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.50
Availability: Buy Compact Stapler by Muji here

iconoclasps

If you’ve got paperwork coming out of your ears, here’s some alternative paperclips that might get you motivated to sort those stacks.

“iconoclasps are inventive, modern paperclips that elevate your paperwork to artwork. they make marvelous bookmarks, too! 18 clips with a grippy rubberized coating in each set.”

available in orange and blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.50
Availability: Buy iconoclasps here