Desk Accessories

Compact Stapler by Muji

While walking around NYC, Katie and I stumbled upon the MOMA store, which has a large section of Muji items from the well known Japanese retailer. We each bought a number of items, but the one I think we were both most excited about was the mini stapler. It’s tiny, functional and a perfect addition to my mobile office.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.50
Availability: Buy Compact Stapler by Muji here

Music Mug

Here’s a nice idea to clean up your desk area without giving up your soundtrack, a win-win situation.

“A new interpretation of the desktop coffee cup, this white ceramic mug holds an MP3 player and has a built-in speaker. Simply insert the mini plug into an MP3 player’s earphone jack to serve up quality sound. The MP3 player provides the power source, so no additional batteries are needed. Cannot be used for drinking.”

Size: 4.5h x 3.25″diam.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Availability: Buy Music Mug here

“&pencil” notebook

This is so smart I don’t know why anyone hasn’t thought of it sooner…the pencil stays put when closed, thanks to an elastic strap.

comprises 100 pages of grid lined paper.

dimension : 7.5” x 5”

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00
Availability: Buy “&pencil” notebook here


If you’ve got paperwork coming out of your ears, here’s some alternative paperclips that might get you motivated to sort those stacks.

“iconoclasps are inventive, modern paperclips that elevate your paperwork to artwork. they make marvelous bookmarks, too! 18 clips with a grippy rubberized coating in each set.”

available in orange and blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.50
Availability: Buy iconoclasps here

Key and Letter Organizer

Another reason to not have any excuse for a messy mail area…

“This organizer is the ideal solution for anyone who has ever misplaced a set of keys. The foam rubber securely holds keys and key rings for easy placement and removal while the convenient tray holds letters, bills, and sunglasses. Made of stainless steel.”

Made in Germany

8h x 8.25w x 1.5″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Key and Letter Organizer here

flatpack office set

“B.I.O is a concept built around the flat and slimmed processes of today; where packaging, assembly, transportation and the environment are all concerns and are considered. B.I.O delivers a an unventional and fresh furnishing concept.

The ultimate office to go – B.I.O is laser cut, powder coated (so there’s no paint splitting on the seams) recyclable aluminum. Snap the objects out of the sheet, fold and you have a business card holder, a 3 pen holder and a postcard/photo/notepad holder. Takes about 5 minutes to assemble.”

210x290mm (approx- 8 1/4″x 11 1/2″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Availability: Buy flatpack office set here

Pessimistic Pencil

This cracks me up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.50
Availability: Buy Pessimistic Pencil here

Parq document Tray by Alessi

A different design for your document tray…

“The Parq document Tray by Alessi, designed by Hani Rashid in 2006, puts a modern twist on the ever mundane office products. The trays stand alone beautifully or when stacked.”

Available in Black, Light Blue, or White.
Trays sold individually.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Availability: Buy Parq document Tray by Alessi here

K-Line Accessories

If you are just made of cash or don’t mind dropping close to a grand for a trash can, I found some accessories from Sweden for you. All the pieces are designed with stylized handles and such which resemble the “action” part of the letter ‘k’.

umbrella stand: $749
rolling table: $1075
coat rack: $965
waste basket: $749

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/15/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $749-$1075
Availability: Buy K-Line Accessories here

Flower Notecards

For those of you that prefer to correspond by putting pen to paper, these notecards are a nice option. Different envelope flap colors are available: turquoise, brown, red, and purple.

5 cards to a pack

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Flower Notecards here

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Lucky Snowflake Ornament Card

I know it’s probably way too late to get these for this holiday season, but, hey, if you buy them now you can save them for next year and be way ahead of the game. They’re awfully pretty.

“Holiday card and ornament in one. Each card is laser-cut in Wisconsin with interlocking snowflakes – just detach, add the included bronze thread and hang! Cards say ‘Happy Holidays’ inside and come with bronze envelope.”

Designer: Possum and Chestnut, NYC

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy Lucky Snowflake Ornament Card here

Shredder Hand Scissors

This made the rounds a while back, but unable to find a source in the US, I never featured it. I was pretty excited to see that Compact Impact (an importer of great Japanese products) has added it to its list of wares.

Finally, a solution for streamlining your office and getting rid of that bulky shreader.

Update: Also available from Container Store for half the price.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.50
Availability: Buy Shredder Hand Scissors here

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Gradient Journal

Journals are a great gift because they tell the recipient “Hey, you have something important to say. Write it down.” And you could just give someone a 99 cent spiral bound notebook but then it wouldn’t really be a gesture. And maybe just having a journal that is well designed and thought out would encourage someone to write. And this journal is a good example of a well designed one. The first page is pure white, and each page gets progressively redder until the last page which is very very red.

Paper in Various Shades of Red; Plastic Cover; 8.5″ x 5.75″

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.60
Availability: Buy Gradient Journal here

Sierra Sophie Sketch Notebook

Lovely design with a nice combination of colors…

“9 1/2″w x 6″ h x 1″ deep sketchbook with printed cover, bookcloth binding, removable canvas strap and colored ribbon bookmark. 300 blank pages.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.75
Availability: Buy Sierra Sophie Sketch Notebook here

diamond paperweight

When I was in Vegas, I saw three of these giant glass “diamonds” on a tabletop and I really liked them. I thought they were going to be a lot more expensive.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24
Availability: Buy diamond paperweight here