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Tetu Cast Iron Tape Dispenser

At times it might seem as if there’s a slight disposition on this site to feature the more expensive items available in the marketplace, however, know that this tape dispenser by Makoto Koizumi is one of today’s picks primarily for its design and weight. Cast iron would ensure a one handed operation (one can assume) and the design is naturally minimal. Also, if you’re interested, Makoto Koizumi also designed a simple cast iron Tetu door stopper and paper weight that has the form of a rounded stone (see below).

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: emmohome


If you’re fond of traveling, this notebook will display your wanderlust anytime you jot down a note or draw a sketch. Each one is one-of-a-kind, as the cover is a unique map from somewhere around the world. There’s 48 pages of 100% recycled paper (with rounded corners to prevent dog-earing, of course).

design: Contexture Design
manufacture: Made in Canada
materials: 100% recycled paper; reclaimed map cover. Staple-bound.
dimensions: 5.25″ wide x 8″ tall; contains 48 pages

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Branch

Ruler Clip

Add this to your desktop tools wish list pronto (along with the Eraser Brush). It’s a ruler and bookmark all in one, which makes it perfect for planners or journals. Make note that this is marked with mm and 1:500 scale, as you’ll not find your usual inch markings.

Purchase Information:

Price: £7.00
Available from: Present and Correct

Eco Highlighter Yellow

Highlight those presentation notes without bleeding through the page, and minus the fumes. The Eco Highighter Yellow is a dry alternative to highlighter markers. I have a feeling a plain yellow colored pencil would work too, but this one does have eco-cred; it uses no ink solvents, no volatile organic compounds, and is fully biodegradable.

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Price: $2.00
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Source: Lifehacker

Graph Stamp Set

Bring out that inner geometry teacher in you with these neat graph stamps. These are indeed the real-deal and are actual teaching tools, but if you’re like me, you’ll be using these for crafts projects instead of graphing inverse trigonometric functions.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Available from: EAI Education

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STRIP tape dispenser

Hmm, I’m not sure how functional this dispenser is compared to a traditional version, but it sure beats the heck out of it in terms of interest. Made from die-cut aluminum, you hold the dispenser in one hand while pulling/cutting with the other (see note above regarding functionality). It’s certainly minimal, and has the ‘ooo, what’s that’ factor.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

OFFI Go File

If you do your best work in front of the television (or outside), this tote file might come in handy. Move your files easily around the house and then return the paperwork to your work area when finished. Plus, the unit can be taken apart and wall mounted if you prefer to be deskbound.

Designed by Eric Pfeiffer and Manufactured by OFFI.
Material: Powder coated Aluminum.
Specs:6.5d x 12w x 10.25h (inches)

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: 2modern

Eraser Brush

Why-oh-why does the local art supply shop not have this in stock? An eraser on one end of a solid wood block, and a natural hair brush to sweep away the rubbings… it makes so much sense, and is so simple and utilitarian (=lovely) that you’d think it’d be a no brainer to have a big box of them available. If anyone sees a U.S. retailer carrying this, please let me know.


Purchase Information:

Price: £9.00
Available from: Present and Correct

Source: Svpply

Up Filer Universal Vertical Filing Rack

What better way to start off a Monday than with a filing rack? After all, filing papers is the most exciting thing in the world*, so therefore, anything to help that lovely job go faster/better is worth a gander. This filing rack differs from most in that it is a wall mounted vertical storage rack, which allows files and other flat content to vary by size yet still remain visible. Labels are located at the bottom of files, allowing for a quick visual scan, and the pivoting hanger allows for easy addition and removal of items. If you work with different sizes of paper/artwork, this could be a very smart storage solution.


Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: westerville design

Source: materialicious

Measuring Tape Tape

Oh, how useful this would be (which is why the Museum of Useful Things stocks it, I suppose). This yellow paper tape is printed with a markings every 1/8 of an inch, and is perforated at the end of each foot. When it comes to measuring boxes, furniture, and whatever else, I’d vote for this tape to be my tool of choice. It would stay put and allow accurate measurements.

Made in the USA.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.50
Available from: Museum of Useful Things

Tidy Ruler

Nice, here’s a ruler that has a special groove for a pencil and a sharpener built in at its end. Now you (or your offspring) will always know right where the desk essentials are located. Measures in inches and centimeters.


Purchase Information:

Price: $11.99
Availability: Buy Tidy Ruler here

Source: Svpply

BRASS Index Clip

More Midori brass stuff for your office area… these clips can be attached to a page halfway as a sort of flag, or, attach them all the way as a label frame (see photo below). Made of solid brass and comes as a set of six.

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Price: $20.00
Available from: baum-kuchen

Stickies Clock

If you (or some of your coworkers or family members) remember things more easily with a visual aid, this pad of clock stickies is perfect for keeping track of appointments and/or meetings. Also, check out the tiny Stickies Message Card; they’re pretty cute.

Dia. 1.6, 30sheets

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.50
Available from: MUJI

Video Notebook

The Video Notebook is a throwback to humble pre-Netflix days. Conveniently, saving only the best parts —a protective sleeve and label stickers!— and sparing any of the headaches —tape trackng anyone?— of the obsolete format.  Video Notebook is 260 pages and available in Ruled or Plain. How long will it be until we see the DVD version of this?


Purchase Information:

Price: $20.99
Availability: Buy Video Notebook here

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Utility Card

I love this. The Utility Card from grain works for all occasions- just circle the right words within the puzzle. A cheat sheet is included if you need a little help. Also, just so you know, the card is made with a tree-free paper that uses cotton fiber waste from the textile manufacturing industry.

$4 each or pack of 5 for $19.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: grain design