Desk Accessories

Cork Cube Tape Dispenser

Cork + cube + tape dispenser. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Cork is very eco-friendly (100% sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable) and oh-so-handy to use as a pinning spot as it has self-healing surface. Throw in a tape dispenser on one side and you’ve got a two-in-one desktop tool that will help keep your notes and pictures tidy.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

What is it?

Any clue as to what this little brass thing might be? Here’s a hint: it lives on a desk.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Huset Shop

.ORG Deskscape System

Now, don’t have an apoplectic fit when you see the price tag- it’s not per piece, rather it’s for the whole .ORG Deskscape System from L & G Studio (a.k.a. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio) in collaboration with Pat Kim. Four modules can be combined in different ways to suit your needs: there’s a mail organizer with adjustable metal dividers, a zig zag catch all tray, a cork block for pinning messages and cards, and the double container for smaller items you see above. Take a look and tell me if you’re not tempted to organize your desktop immediately afterwards.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: L & G Studio

Mikol Marble Notebook

The title doesn’t lie; it is, in fact, a marble notebook. Real marble covers the front and back covers, and, thanks to laminated webbing and recycled corrugate, the marble will flex to avoid breakage*. It opens perfectly flat so that you can scrawl your brilliant thoughts and/or drawings comfortably.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Mikol

ISO Desktop Organizer

See all those dividers? See the bold blue? Is there any surprise I bought one of these the moment Field announced its existence? And, it has taken weeks (weeks!) for me to place in the spotlight. Apologies. As you might have guessed from the name, the ISO Organizer’s design and dimensions are based on international paper standards. Made from heavy-gauge cold rolled steel, the powder-coated divider has a thin cork underside to protect your desktop. With its hefty weight (almost 6 lbs.) and sturdy construction, it’s bound to scare any unruly piles of paper into order.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: FIELD

Wörther Hexagonal Wood Mechanical Pencil

Ah-ha! Here’s the perfect gift for anyone who ever draws anything. Compact and lightweight, the Wörther Pencil is ideal for all sorts of sketching and writing. It comes with a 3.15mm thick graphite lead and is shaped with a thick, hexagonal barrel to make it a pleasure to hold.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Mette Hay’s Gift Sets

We’re all really, really lucky that Mette Hay (co-founder of design brand HAY) put together these gift sets, because now finding a gift for a friend or co-worker is super easy. What about the Neutral or Colorful Stationery Gift Set for a co-worker? Or the Kitchen Gift Set or the Toiletries Gift Set for a sibling or friend? All hit the right note of fun and functional.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Craft Design Technology

What do you get the pickiest of design aficionados? Any item from Craft Design Technology, that’s what. How could you not fall head over heels for a collection of high quality work tools designed to be “beautiful, functional and enduring”? I want all of it (specifically, the scissors have been on my wish list ever since ’08). Available in the US from rikumo. More of the collection below.
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Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: rikumo

Hay Punched Organizers

A little perforated pattern won’t harm your kitchen or desktop, for it adds a little punch of organization with its tidy grids- maybe subconsciously it will encourage you to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. Perhaps your kitchen utensils will sit nicely in the larger holder, or maybe your pens will be at home in the low tray, either way, it always helps to have a couple of containers around to confine necessary clutter.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Poketo Design Planners

We can avoid thinking about 2016 all we want, but that won’t do anything to postpone its arrival. Might as well prepare yourself by thinking about a new planner for the new year, right? Poketo has a fresh collection of open-dated planners, with weekly and monthly pages ready to start whenever you’d like. I chose the large Mon Cahier Planner myself, but this latest group would fit into a bag much easier for on-the-go planning. Plus, the fun covers are a definite bonus.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Poketo

Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener

Do you use pencils? Do you have a plastic pencil sharpener? Pfft. Toss it in the recycling bin, because this one is much better. Made of solid brass, the Dux sharpener is built to last. The weight of it alone would keep it from getting lost/shuffled around with your other desk tools, but there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t walk away with a coworker with sticky fingers, so watch out.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Wrong for Hay Cork Cone and Magnetic Tower

Need a place for odd notes, photos and other such sundries? Consider Wrong For Hay’s Cork Cone, as it has plenty of room for a vertical tower of pinnables. And, if your paperclips need a home, perhaps you should take a look at the Magnetic Tower as well, as it will gather those small metal clips with ease.
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Price: $28.00 - 38.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Tanno Free Case

Pen and pencil cases aren’t just for school-age children, you know. Those of us on the go don’t want to leave our prized writing/drawing instruments behind, and a case that has a trick up its sleeve might be just the thing to keep our bags and workspaces organized (and clients and coworkers impressed?). Similar to vintage ‘trick boxes’, this Tanno Free Case requires one push of its wood button for the tray to pop out. Sort of fun, isn’t it? Fully constructed in wood save for the one metal spring, the case is a lesson in craftsmanship.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Light + Ladder Desk Accessories

Deliberate, simple, clean… maybe that’s how your coworkers describe you, but I’m talking about the walnut set you see above. Solid wood, brass, porcelain, and vegetable-tanned leather all work harmoniously together for a desk set that’s sure to say you mean business.

There’s the Leather Blotter, which features a hidden wooden compartment for pencils and business cards, the Pencil Cup, which has a sliding mechanism to easily access your writing utensils, and a Catch-All, which gives you a spot for Post-Its and little things like paperclips. Shall we call them desk successories?
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Price: $65.00 -360.00
Available from: Light +Ladder

Carl Auböck Oversized Paperclip

It’s a very, very large paperclip. Use it as a bookmark, as shown above, or as a paperweight. Considering it’s designed by Carl Auböck, and hand-crafted from solid brass in Auböck’s fourth-generation Viennese workshop, it will retain its value for years to come. Don’t believe me? Do a search for Auböck’s pieces on any collector’s site (or Ebay) and you’ll see. Consider this as a very nice gift for that someone who has everything (except a huge brass paperclip).
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Ode to Things