Desk Accessories

‘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

Desk set, Matte Black

If there are multiple paperclips and post-it notes scattered about your desk, you and I have something in common. Maybe we should consider these handcrafted paper boxes by Timothy Wikander of MaterialMaterial. In addition to the desk set you see above, there’s also a small box w/lid and a large box w/lid, any of which is sure to hide/store our miscellany with subtle style. Each box is constructed from 2 mm grey board (the same material used in hardbound book covers) and coated in smooth matte textured card stock.
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Price: $58.00
Available from: MaterialMaterial

MIDORI MD 2014 Monthly Notebook

It’s October already, and you know what that means. Besides getting your Halloween festivities sorted, your Thanksgiving plans arranged, and your subconscious started on options for special holiday gifts, you need to find a decent monthly planner for 2014. No? Lucky you. Yes? Join the club. I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect (i.e. minimal) monthly planner for what seems like forever, and though Moleskine and others have come close, I think this one by MIDORI (and available from Baum-Kuchen) might just win first place for 2014.

With plenty of negative space on each monthly calendar, there’s oodles of room to make notes. Memo pages are divided into eight sections for optional weekly pages and there’s plenty of blank pages for extra sketches or notes. Last but not least, the ” target=”_blank” >MIDORI Monthly Notebook is bound by strings, so the planner opens flat for easier writing and perusal.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Standard Magnets

If only small, turned, wooden magnets existed, we could place them upon any metal surface and know that our papers, notes, and tear-outs would be shown as an elegant web of ideas (all due to the uniform simplicity of the magnets, of course) thus allowing our brains to settle upon brilliant results previously unknown. Oh, wait, they do exist, available from Fort Standard in a set of six, no less, and feature very strong rare-earth magnets, so they’ll hold up all manner of things (keys, perhaps?) with no problem. Nothing stopping those brilliant results now.

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Price: $58.00
Available from: Ford Standard

Luis Organizer

I’ve long admired the Uten.Silo, but somehow can’t bring myself to pay the $475 for organized bliss. The Luis Organizer isn’t a whole lot less in terms of the damage done to your wallet, but it provides the same sort of function with a minimal, geometric purity, and is handmade in Barcelona by OLI13 (so you won’t see it around as much, if you care about that sort of thing).

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Price: €300.00
Available from: OLI13

Tool The Mathematician

Finally! These desk tools from Tom Dixon are now available online, and they’re just the kind of thing you want even if you don’t necessarily need them, or maybe that’s just me. Choose the whole set (Tool The Mathematician- includes a Ruler, Protractor, Set Square and Paper Clips for $130) or purchase the items separately (Tool The Golden Rule, $20, Tool The Copycat, $80, and Tool The Clip, $16). All pieces are cut from sheet brass.

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Price: $130.00
Available from: YLiving

Roll / Rule

Hold your hand up if you want an etched acrylic ruler. My hand is raised, how about yours? Designed by Paul Cocksedge, these rulers are sculptural pieces with millimeter accuracy, and they’re intended for functional use, mind you, so don’t just admire it from across the room. Choose between the classic square or the round barrel. Also, do I need to hit you over the head with the obvious fact that either of these would make an excellent gift? No? I didn’t think so.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: The Glass House

Baron Fig Notebook Sketchbook

Are you very particular about your notebooks? Join the club. And then check out the Baron Fig notebook, because, chances are you’ll be pleased with the design. No branding (hooray!), it opens flat (hooray!), the dimensions are friendly for carrying around or keeping on your desk, and there’s one bookmark for keeping your page marked. Take a look at their Kickstarter page for more details.
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Price: $20.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

The Pattern Box: 100 Postcards

If you like patterns and postcards, you’d best snap up this box set now. Curated by New York City’s Textile Arts Center, this collection has one hundred designs from ten international designers. I’d be tempted just to keep it as a pattern resource for inspiration purposes, but then it’d be a shame not to share such interesting postcards with friends and family (and postal workers, of course).
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Manual Paper Shredder

No electricity needed, just a little elbow grease and your sensitive documents and bills are shredded lickety split. Let me guess, you like that a) it uses manual labor rather than electricity, b) you won’t need to worry about your tie/necklace getting caught and potentially strangling you, c) you’ll finally get some exercise, d) your workspace will be rid of that loud paper shredder noise, or e) all of the above.

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Price: $44.00
Available from: HORNE

BassamFellows Sharp Series

Yes, the boxes shown above are a bit skewed to the right; it’s not in your head. Each Sharp Box is carved from a solid piece of wood (there’s part of the price explanation) and intended as a modular system for desktop or bathroom. The slightly slanted nature defines the collection and adds a note of humor to your small storage needs.
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Price: $295.00 - 720.00
Available from: SUITE New York

Night Sky Notebooks

Somehow I missed Field Note’s Night Sky Edition, and now they’re all sold out. Shoot. Good news, though, that Rare Device still has a few on hand for us to snap up. The 3-pack features French Construction Blacktop covers with constellations and asterisms in silver holographic foil.

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Price: $12.00
Available from: Rare Device

Accordion Document Holder

No matter how organized your paper-free life might be, there are still documents and papers that you need to keep on hand (just in case zombies destroy the power grid). And, what better way to keep them organized than with an accordion file that has a nice orange-to-white color gradation? An elastic band keeps the 10 pockets closed.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: A+R Store

Brass Clip Number

The Midori collection over at baum-kuchen has me adding a few desk accessories to my shopping list, namely, these brass clip numbers. Each clip is made of solid brass and could be used as a bookmark/place holder or simply to keep small paper items together. I think they’d be handy in a planner to mark out months for easy reference.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Baum-kuchen