Desk Accessories

What Did I Buy Today?

What did you buy today? Track each and every penny with this ‘obsessive consumption’ journal illustrated by Kate Bingaman-Burt. It’s a week-by-week logbook where you can write in what you’ve spent and saved so that you know just where your money went. No more wondering how your paycheck disappeared- that’s worth the $13 right there.

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Price: $12.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Bridge Paper Shredder

You and I could both think of hundreds (of thousands) of things more exciting than paper shredders. Either they’re behemoths of ugly office design or they’re too small to get through a decent stack of documents, meaning you waste time standing there feeding in sheet by sheet, shaking your fist at your laziness to get rid of sensitive documents in a timely manner. Now, this Bridge Paper Shredder won’t handle stacks at a time, but it does fit on top of any small trash can, meaning you can tuck it away in a drawer when not in use. It’s lightweight, so it could foreseeably fit in a travel bag if needed. And, it won’t hurt your design sensibilities, which means you’re more likely to stay on top of your shredding duties… rrright? Fingers crossed.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

New York Times File Folders

Perhaps the Grey Lady will inspire you to organize those few important papers lying about your desk. This set of 6 file folders features three historic front pages of the New York Times. The two red folders show the front page of February 17, 1923, King Tut’s Tomb Discovered. The two blue feature the front page of May 22, 1937, Charles Lindberg Crosses the Atlantic. The green, May 8, 1945, WWII in Europe is Over!

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Price: $12.00
Available from: Paper Trail

Nicely Noted

If you’re a little obsessed with stationery, you might want to check out Nicely Noted. It’s a subscription service that provides a batch of very decently designed letterpress cards (plus stamps!) every month. It could be just the thing to keep you on top of your snail-mail correspondence.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Nicely Noted

Hay’s Tower Blocks Paper Notes

If you’re going to keep track of your to-do’s and odd notes on paper, you might as well make that paper nice to look at. HAY Denmark has all sorts of lovely offerings in the way of home furnishings and accessories, and we’ll just be thankful that they took the time to apply some great graphics to stacks of note paper.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tomorrow Planner Large

Some of us have found that planners aren’t always to our liking- unnecessary sections, small daily layouts and bad font/color decisions can be irritating. That’s precisely why this Tomorrow Planner seems like something worth considering. It has open-dated, perpetual month views (13 sheets), week views (56 sheets), blank pages (18 sheets) and list pages (18 sheets), but most importantly, just look at all that room on the weekly view. There’s lots of space for notes and/or drawings. And, perhaps yellow isn’t your favorite color, but keep in mind it’ll always be easy to spot in your bag or on your desk.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Poketo

Kukka Blocks Desk Set

Remember the Kukka Blocks? Well, they’re now on a slight sale- and yes, it’s a very slight sale- but you’ll at least be able to buy a few coffees with the savings, so that’s something. Because the Kukka set is modular, you can move the 4 pieces around to make it fit your own personal preferences. Also available directly from Kukka for £ 60.

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Price: $72.25
Available from: Vetted

Save The Date Cards

You know there are classier ways to send out a ‘save the date’ request than through email, right? And I’m talking about actual cards, those paper invites that the post office may still bring to our doors, if we’re lucky. Each card in this set is designed like a ticket, giving adequate space to note the date and event. Envelopes aren’t included, but that just means you can pick your own color scheme. Maybe liven things up a bit with a bright color?
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Price: £12.50
Available from: Cox & Cox

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter = excellent.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal

Hand Carved Geometry Stamp Set

Just try not wanting this Geometry Stamp set, I dare you. Think of the reports you could stamp, the note to your boss or accountant! Oh, the fun to be had with an ink pad and a little geometry! Each set is hand-carved in good-quality hard rubber, and don’t be shy about asking for custom stamps as the artist welcomes commissions.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: this is just to say

The Made Collection

Here’s another chance to back a project on Kickstarter, and this time you’ll end up with some lovely wood home accessories. The V-Tray and Bowl are shown above, and the S&P Shakers, SQ Trivet, and Paddle Coathooks (shown below) are equally impressive for their simplicity and craftsmanship. By pre-ordering pieces of this collection you’re backing the current and future work of David Okum, and, if these pieces are anything to go by, that’s a sound investment.
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Price: $35.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Postalco Encyclopedia Series Postcards

Hey, what better way to blow your disposable income than with some beautiful postcards? Don’t freak out, it’s not $100 for 6 postcards, it’s $100 for six sets of seven postcards, with each set featuring seven different kinds of Shells, Butterflies, Apples, Mineral Rocks, Grapes, and Bugs. If you want your correspondence to be top notch, this is the way to go.

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Price: $105.00
Available from: Creatures of Comfort

Multiples Pencil Holder

Surprise, surprise, what do we have here from a retailer that some of us completely forget about? It’s a metal pencil holder done in the loveliest shades of blue and teal, at a rather reasonable price too. The only thing that would make it better is if the base or cylinders were magnetic, though that wouldn’t add much to the functionality, it would just make it more fun.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Anthropologie

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Copper Pencil Holder

This pencil holder may tempt those copper thieves lurking around your desk, so best keep implements sharpened and eyes alert. The higher-tiered levels will help order various sized pens and pencils, while the shallow levels would be perfect for smaller erasers, paperclips, and miscellany. There’s also a Copper Cup ($30) and Copper Tray ($73).
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Table Island

Here’s a different sort of organizer that looks better being used than sitting empty. This ‘island’ will hold all manner of miscellany- phone, keys, wallet, devices- on its compressed cork landscape. There are three staggered dividers, any of which would also hold an iPad in easy reading position. It could live in the kitchen as a recipe reading stand or perhaps on your desk or entryway table as a charging station and catch-all for those important pocket contents.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Molecule Design