Desk Accessories

Stickit Tape Dispenser

One of life’s little annoyances is trying to get a piece of tape with one hand. This MDF dispenser by Chris Hardy has a sticky polyurethane gel base which adheres (lightly) to any surface, making one-handed procurement possible.

Includes one roll of tape.
Made of MDF.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Keep Your House in Order Journal

Sometimes, and I do stress sometimes, planners are filled way too quickly with meetings and other work related stuff to the point where any home notes fall by the wayside. Perhaps it would be beneficial to have a separate journal altogether to jot down groceries, bills, DIY projects, etc… even to make note of books and movies to read and watch. Could be a smart way to keep work and home life separate (literally).

Fourteen month, undated planner.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Black Ink

Leaf-It Gingko

Sangwoo Nam of Appree has added the Gingko leaf design in his series of ‘leaf-it’ memo pads. If you’re addicted to sticky memo pads, it’s a nice option for notes as well as bookmarks.

set of 3.
two versions of green and yellow

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: designboom.com

Utensilo

Occasionally we’ll get emails from some of you saying that links on old posts need updating (and thank you very much for those emails, because there’s no way we’re able to spot them all on our own), and a few of you have noticed lately that this Utensilo post from Oct 2, 2007 needed some attention. So.

The Unten.Silo was designed in the 1960s by Dorothe Becker and Ingo Maurer, and has become a somewhat iconic storage solution. I love the fact that it keeps everything in its right place, whether it be in a office workspace, playroom, or kitchen.

Available in white, red, or black.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: Velocity Art And Design

Little Otsu Weekly Planner

This little planner features both a weekly and monthly format (hard to find sometimes) and is printed in Oakland, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. Take note that it’s dateless, so you can start it at any time, and there’s plenty of space for jotting down your daily or weekly to-do list.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Little Otsu

Plattfuss Rubber Bands

Rubber bands made of recycled bicycle tubes. Making flats useful = nice. Also, another item making flats useful is the smart IT Clip that Simon posted a while back. It allows you to make your old inner tubes into tie down straps.

A bag of 70 in assorted sizes.
Made in Switzerland by «tät-tat».

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: PLASTICA

Daniel Emma Desk Accessories

It’s difficult to convey just how lovely these desk accessories are. First seen at 100% Design* last year and more recently spotted over at Theo, the collection has not lost any bit of its initial charm, though I am a bit dismayed I can’t quite splurge on the whole set in one go. Instead, I’ll have to settle for buying one piece at a time until my desktop is graced with the complete collection. Each piece has a satisfying heft, and though petite in scale, there’s a distinct beauty in the choice of materials for each simple shape.

*Not that it matters to your purchasing decision, but the Australian Designer duo Daniel and Emma seem like incredibly nice people and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Theo

Cao Maru Stress Balls

From our archives (originally published May 3, 2010), for your gift list consideration…

I don’t know whether to grrrrrr at the price or awww at how cute they are. Luckily, Makiko Yoshida designed them out of squishy and pliable polyurethane resin, so they’ll hold their shape whether I bear hug them or chuck them at the wall when the credit card bill comes.

Set of four, “white” or “brown”, and 2.75 inches in diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $152.00
Availability: Buy Cao Maru Stress Balls here

Karate Kid Clipboard

From our archives (originally published November 20, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Two wooden parts held together with a rubber band make this unusual clipboard. The lack of metal makes it look a little more warm and friendly than traditional office supply clipboards, don’t you think?

Designed by Simon Donald for spunique. Bands may vary in colour.

Purchase Information:

Price: £12.00
Availability: Buy Karate Kid Clipboard here

Düller’s 36-Colors Pencil Set+Sketchbook

Here’s a set of 36 colored pencils perfect for your favorite creative-type.

New design Japanese collective IDEA Idea partnered with an old school German art supply firm to create Düller. The mission: Combining Japanese notions of harmony with the German penchant for methodology. There’s parallel symmetry in the same-sized pencil box and sketchbook, and the box and book cover are made from recycled paper (harmony with Mother Earth!). Perfect for the artist or architect or design-loving doodler. The paper is specially crafted for colored pencils. There are 36 colors in this pencil box: red, orange, pink, light blue, white, yellow, yellow-green, green, purple, blue, black, brown, carnelian, vermilion, grey, pale orange, chrome yellow, ultramarine, deep green, Van Dyke brown, magenta, gold, silver, Prussian blue, rose red, sky blue, lemon yellow, emerald green, mandarin orange, wisteria violet, lilac, olive green, peacock blue, leaf green and reddish brown.

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Available from: A + R Store

Wish Goal List Clipboards

Start on your New Year’s goals early with these charming clipboards from Etsy artist Maiko Kuzunishi/Decoylab. Each clipboard comes with a notepad and customized pencil that says either, “Make my wishes come true.”, or “I will achieve my goals.” Would make a great gift too.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Wish Goal List Clipboards here

Source: Seesaw

Tongue Bookmark

Core77′s 2010 gift guide is out, and it’s got more than a few gems. This Tongue Bookmark would be a nice little addition to any library.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Studio Ve

Source: Core77

USB Battleship

Organize your cables with this USB Battleship Hub. Created by the design duo Giffin’ Termeer, the idea was that the “boat shape could be an ‘organizing image’ to visually manage the tangle”… it’s also weighted so that it won’t topple over.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $23.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Source: Svpply

Holy Crap Eraser

When you just can’t put pencil to paper correctly, this eraser will commiserate with you in just the right way. There’s also a Delete Eraser, but it is currently out of stock, and a Shit Eraser if you need a stronger expletive.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: Paper Source

Gessner Pencil

Luxury pens and fancy mechanical pencils? Pffft. Kick it old school style with this pencil designed by Conrad Gessner over 400 years ago. Did you get that, 400 years ago? It’s hand-made from turned cherry wood and will set you back a mere £21.

Purchase Information:

Price: £21.00
Available from: Theo