Desk Accessories

Pheonix Feather Pen

Feeling a a bit dull and boring these days? Don’t worry, it’s just January, and I’ve got just the thing for you: a Phoenix Feather Pen. I double dare you to take it to all your meetings and pretend it’s the most normal pen in the world, and even use it out and about to take simple notes at restaurants and bars. Prints inspired by from Memphis to Warhol, all with a useful ballpoint stem.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Wall Pockets

Need a small container or two to hold those odds and ends? Check out these powdercoated, geometric Wall Pockets. They’d work well in the entryway for keys and mail or around your workspace to catch pens, pencils, and other supplies. And, yes, it’d be better if the mounting hardware wasn’t visible, but remember, each pocket is $9.
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Price: $8.95
Available from: CB2

Toolbox

If you’re staring at pile of miscellany on your desk, or becoming sick of the clutter that accumulates in various areas of your house, this Toolbox by Arik Levy might just be your ticket to organizing the heck out of whatever mess is bringing you down. Plus, it’s on sale currently over at the MoMA Store, so there’s less of an excuse for you to put off decluttering.
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Price: $44.95
Available from: MoMA Store

ISHUJA’s Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil

Are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Yeah, me too, but this might help. If you still have one impossible person on your list, and absolutely no idea what to get them, consider ISHUJA’s Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil Set.

Formerly a Kickstarter project, the set is now available for sale, and consists of one pen and one pencil, both with bamboo & aluminum bodies and a high-sensitivity stylus nib on each cap for tablet use. The set is appropriately gift boxed with a set of 5 color rings for identification. Not sure how long shipping will take, so do be sure to double check if you intend it as a Christmas gift.
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Price: $50.00 - 95.00
Available from: ISHUJA

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 VETTED or peruse CDT’s shoplist for more options. More of the collection below.
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Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: VETTED

Pencil Display Organizer

If you’ve ever had a bundle of pens, pencils, and/or markers beside you while drawing or sketching, you know how it takes a little bit of time to find the right implement each time you change your selection. That’s just where this Pencil Display Organizer by Elise Gabriel comes into the picture. Horizontally, it displays all your tools at once; vertically, it holds up to 100 implements and can be wall-mounted to save space on your desktop. Lay it down when you’re working, hang it up when you’re done.
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Price: $98.00
Available from: Dwell Store

agenda 2014 – For a Better Year

If you need a kick in the pants to make next year better, maybe this agenda by Julie Joliat will be a good fit. Each week gives you a tip or challenge to complete, giving you a little reminder to change things up. Take a day off to do nothing… Bake some walnut bread… Watch a documentary, etc. There’s plenty of room for notes and there’s also useful information that’s bound to come in handy: world maps, conversion tables, monthly planners and the like.
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Price: €21
Available from: julie joliat

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, so watch out.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser here

Tab Notebooks

Organize your projects, thoughts, recipes, dreams, or whatever else needs sorting with this set of 4 notebooks shaped with tabs. Nothing particularly fancy about tabs per se, yet when in a stack, labels are easily read and individual notebooks are easily found, meaning you’ll be a little more efficient than before. Inner tabs can also label further subcategories if needed.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: suckUK

Wooden Ruler by HAY

Striped, random rulers are sure to cheer you up no matter what. Just look at those colors and lines! I’d say if you’re going to get one, you might as well get a few, especially as you can’t specify which one(s) you prefer. That’s good news, by the way, as it’d be hard to pick favorites.

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Price: £7.00
Available from: HAUS

Brass Alphabet Bookmark

Midori just keeps making brass desktop tools that are hard to resist. And this one packs a double function: use as a bookmark and as a stencil. Even if your handwriting isn’t all that bad, a little block lettering now and then won’t hurt, right? It’ll most likely fit perfectly within your notebook.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

FIELD Magnifier

Don’t you dare say you have no need for a magnifier. What about those tiny hairs and freckles on your hand? The intricate markings of your own signature? The fuzzy anthers of a flower? Or the crisp text on that print out sitting on your desk? This heavy bronze magnifier designed by Daniel/Emma (in collaboration with Field) doubles as a paper weight and will keep your curiosity sharp.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: FIELD

‘Errare’ Eraser

For those days when you really screw up, pick up this eraser and read the notable latin phrase aloud: “Errare humanum est.” That translates into ‘To err is human’ if you hadn’t guessed, and will make you feel just a tiny bit better about whatever mess you made. On a side note, you might as well get several, and give them away one by one to friends/coworkers when they need the same reminder.
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Price: €5.00
Available from: Atypyk

Alphabet Notebooks by Monotype

Pick your favorite letter from this set of Alphabet notebooks by Monotype. Each notebook features one letter (A-Z) from the Monotype library printed in silver to GF Smith Colorplan stocks. It might be smart idea to bookmark these notebooks for future gifts for coworkers and/or friends.

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Price: £8.00
Available from: FAO Shop