Desk Accessories

Old Book Vintage Masking Tape

The Japanese certainly know how to do stationary right, and this Old Book Vintage Masking Tape is no exception. Amongst many other things, I see it being put to good use for all the vintage and DIY-themed weddings I’ve been seeing more and more of as of lately.

Made in Japan
Size: 15mm 15m

Originally seen in Readymade magazine.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.99
Available from: Etsy

Kakuzai Wood Memo Block

Why do you need a stack of memo notes that look like a block of wood? I couldn’t tell you, but I know I want one. My suggestion is that you don’t bring this to this office. Once your coworkers get a hold of it your block of wood will be a sliver of wood by the end of the day.

1200 sheets.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Digital Fix

All Occasions Cards

You’ll never be at a loss for words with these cards. With three sentiments spelled out in nice script, you’ll be able to hand the appropriate card to the recipient without getting tongue-tied. There’s thirty three of each card in the box, so get your fingers ready to do all your talking.

“thank you”, “sorry” or “f*ck you”

Cards: 2.625″ x 2″ box: 8″ x 2″ x 1″

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: YOU ME THE ROYAL WE

Poverty Sketch Book

Charles Booth’s renowned surveys (1898-9) classified sections of London by poverty levels. Maybe not so interesting if you’ve never been to London, but seeing as I live here, it’s interesting to see how things have (and haven’t) changed.

See Charles Booth Online Archive for maps and more historical info.

36 pages of A4 paper

Purchase Information:

Price: 3.00
Availability: Buy Poverty Sketch Book here

Postcarden

Check out this gift/greeting card. It’s a simple pop-out card that turns into a mini living garden. Instructions and seeds are included, so all that’s needed is a little water and sunlight. Within a couple of days your recipient will have their own mini garden.

designed and produced by A Studio for Design
Choose from the three designs available: Allotment, City or Botanical

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.50
Available from: Postcarden

Mixed Equities Blind Note Card Set

So maybe the Met Chandelier is just a little too pricey. Or maybe you, unlike me and Lady Gaga, are not willing to wear it as a hat. You can still partake in the beauty of the Met with these embossed note cards inspired by the architectural details of the Metropolitan Opera House.

8 cards, 2 of each design
8 envelopes

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Availability: Buy Mixed Equities Blind Note Card Set here

Set Editions Postcards

We’ve posted Set Edition’s Cardstock before, but these postcards are delightful for when you want to send a specific special note.

100% recycled duplex chipboard postcard

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.00
Availability: Buy Set Editions Postcards here

Pig Speaker by Idea

Too cute. Not only do I eat pork, but I think they’re totally adorable as inanimate objects. Conflict of interest with earthy-crunchy types? Maybe, but I’d rather this than a talking carrot. Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” just took on new meaning.

Material: Ceramic
Designer: Idea
Dimensions: 3.5 x 7.25 x 4 inches
Available in black, white, and gold

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Pig Speaker by Idea here

Wood Boxes with Lacquered Lids

I’ve never been into West Elm’s style ever, a bit too drab and generally unexciting for me. However they’re definitely on the right track here with these new wood boxes. Woodgrain combined with super glossy lacquer is a great combination.

Material: Ash
Dimensions: Small 9″w x 4″d x 1.75″h, Large 12″w x 8″d x 4″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Wood Boxes with Lacquered Lids here

Postcards from Penguin

Do you know how Penguin books got started? Well, here you go*.

A shortened version for those of you too lazy to click on the link:

A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box. In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived. Declaring that ‘good design is no more expensive than bad’, Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive.

Also available here for £14.99.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Postcards from Penguin here

Erasers (with quotes)

Maybe it’s the soft lighting in these photos, but these erasers seem like the perfect small gift for anyone that still uses pencil and paper.

shown: “You have to know the rules to break them.” “To Error Is Human.”
not shown: “I never make misteaks.” “Don’t give up!”

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Erasers (with quotes) here

Fabriano Artist’s Journal

Does this slightly crinkled journal elicit any cravings to pick up a pencil and draw? Or perhaps writing down your daily thoughts is more your style? Either way the colorful pages might tempt you to spend a bit more time with a pen or pencil rather than your keyboard.

A product from the oldest paper mill in the western world, the Artist’s Journal is ideal for ink, pencil charcoal or pastels. It is made of 12 elegant colours of Fabriano Ingres 90g paper. The journals come in two sizes and contain 192 plain sheets.

12×16 cm, $30.00
16×21 cm, $38.00

Also check out Amazon for other colors (and prices).

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Fabriano Artist’s Journal here

Teflon Scissors

If you happen to cut a lot of tape and will benefit from a pair of non-stick, teflon-coated scissors, this product has got your name on it. It not, then at least enjoy the fact that you will have the coolest looking scissors in your office. Available in Yellow, Red, and Black.

Designer: Hayashi Cutlery, 2002

Materials: Teflon coated Stainless Steel, Rubber

Purchase Information:

Price: $37.00
Availability: Buy Teflon Scissors here

Lovi Postcards

Your penmanship is probably lacking exercise, so think about sending one of these postcards to a friend or loved one to make their day. The flat-packed pieces create either a heart, bird, or pig, so they’ll get your note plus a visible trinket to remember your message by.

Designed by Anne Paso of Finland.

Pack includes directions for assembly.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Availability: Buy Lovi Postcards here

Parafernalia Falter 2D Designer Pen

Otherwise known as ‘the pen that you make’, this pen is handmade out of industrial steel. The snap apart template includes elements to make a ball point pen, stand and mini ruler. Now, you ask, why in the world would you pay $40 for a pen that you have to make when there’s a dozen perfectly good bic pens at your disposal? Good question. For the tinkering, I suppose, or for the novelty. I found more pics and info at Visual Streak, if you’re interested.

5″ l x .5″ w x .5 h

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy Parafernalia Falter 2D Designer Pen here