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Desk Accessories

Daily Fiction

If you go weak in the knees for stationery stuff, you’re in trouble. Normann Copenhagen recruited Denmark-based designers Femmes RĂ©gionales to create over 200 different designs in the Daily Fiction collection. There’s 18 colors and four abstract terrazzo prints all over notebooks, stickers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, pens, pencils, and more… all that’s left to say is good luck picking which ones you’ve got to add to your collection.
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Price: $3.00 - 40.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Compact Weather Station

Yes, you could rely on your smartphone for the weather forecast, but wouldn’t it be more fun to read an an aneroid-capsule barometer, bimetallic dial thermometer, and mechanical coil hygrometer, all from your desktop or kitchen counter? Those three tools are all in this Compact Weather Station, which measures in at 5″ diameter and 1.5″ depth. You’ll be able to read just what to expect from the climate, indoors and out, and look like an old school smartypants (in the best possible way) whilst doing so.
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Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Rule of Thirds Finder

Similar to the Golden Section Finder, this little pocket sized gazing device helps you break images into the Rule of Thirds (first written down by John Thomas Smith in 1797, fyi). This ratio is found all over the place- in photography, art, advertisements, etc.- and once you start looking for it, there’s no doubt you’ll find it. It might also encourage you to “create compelling compositions” of your own in photographs or other artworks by placing your subjects just off center.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Prism Magnifier 120mm

That’s right, there’s the smaller Prism Magnifier, and now there’s the larger 120mm version. Through the prism, images and texts are shown at 1.5x the actual size, so we can study things a little closer and maybe squint a little less. As a bonus benefit, if sunlight happens to hit the prism at the right angle, you’ll get a little rainbow across your desk.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Areaware

U Desktop Caddy

Do you feel like sometimes you need a second desk for work overflow? Join the club. Perhaps adding the U Desktop Caddy by wstudiog will give you the extra storage you need, as it adds a long, vertical spot to stand journals, notes, gadgets, and writing utensils. The high sides keep your visual space uncluttered as well, which is always nice when things get chaotic.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Spring Scissors

Update your cutting tool options by adding the Spring Scissors to your desk drawer or toolbox. Made from a a single piece of metal, the flattened and sharpened blades hold tension purely from the bent spring of the handle. Oh, and need it be pointed out that these scissors are appropriate for both left and right hands?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Dueto Fineliner Pen + Stylus

Do you use a stylus? Here’s a pen-plus-stylus combo that’s sleek and stylish. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, it features a fine-line ink pen with a retractable digital stylus. The blue option will grab attention, but if you (or the intended recipient) prefer something understated, go with the gun metal or champagne gold option.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Pinorama Board

All those little pieces of paper and bits and bobs scattered about, just where are you going to put them? Maybe on a perforated metal sheet, with a partial cork backing like this Pinorama Board by Inga Sempe for HAY? I’d say it’s as good as any other place, especially as it has a range of accessories (shelves, mirrors, cylinders, an elastic net(!), and hooks) to customize it just the way you want.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

HAY UU Trays

More Hay office miscellany, and this time it’s a tray for your writing implements and other small stuff. A sloped, scalloped surface provides ledges for odds and ends, and there are three sizes to fit however much you need. Do consider stacking several sized together for a bigger organizing option.
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Price: $15.00 - 28.00
Available from: MoMA Store

HMM TapeDispenser

Shall we talk tape dispensers? They’re somewhat necessary in our homes and office environments, yet most are clunky and boring. Not the HMM TapeDispenser, though, as it has a magnetic core holder which holds the tape gracefully in one-third of a traditional dispenser’s size. A weighted base allows for one hand to pull and tear the tape, so your other hand can juggle, sip coffee or give someone the bird.
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Price: CAD65.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Outline Tool

An entirely new measuring tool that combines three in one is just the thing to reduce desktop disarray. Matching silhouettes of traditional rulers is how Tomas Kral created Outline, and it’ll last well past your drawing days as it’s made from stainless steel with laser engraving. The Outline’s form includes a protractor and right angle with measurements in both inches and centimeters.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Field

Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen*- each have a satisfying heft in their cool, streamlined brass cases. Either (or both) would be excellent gifts, as the brass has a nice, understated elegance to its matte sheen. Consider adding a Pen Case or the Pen Container to keep your writing implements close at hand.
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Price: €62.00 - 105.00
Available from: Kohezi

Pon+ Pin

Do you remember the harmless Pon Push Pin? The same folks have a new version (aptly named Pon+) that’s a bit bigger and has a smart pull tab. Pull the tab and slide your pictures/artwork underneath for easy display and no puncture wounds. The bigger size means it can hold larger loads as well.
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Price: $13.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Blanc 44110 Notebook by Metaphys

Running low on notebooks? Don’t let those ideas float away- jot them down in one of these notebooks by Metaphys. The Blanc Notebook’s pages are rounded to avoid snagging and bent corners while the semi-rigid cover protects the high-quality Japanese paper. Pages take ink beautifully and tear out easily. Did you notice the subtle gray dotted lines? They give you a graph if you need it; they’re light enough to ignore if you don’t.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: A+R Store