Desk Accessories

Red Thread Notebook

These notebooks from WRITERSBLOK use old fashioned string tie closures to keep your notes secure. Note: if you are particularly picky about paper, do a little research and read a few reviews on WRITERSBLOK journals- a few people have commented that the paper is a little thinner than Moleskine notebooks, so you might have some ink bleed-through if you prefer heavier/thicker ink. Available in small or medium, brown or black, and plain or ruled.

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Price: $11.00 - 16.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Concrete Goods by 22 Design STudio

These new desk accessories from 22 Design Studio are sure to snazz up your desk/workspace. The 4th Dimension Clock, Sketch Pencil and Sketch Pen are cast in concrete and provide the pragmatic functions needed in a workspace; they also stand as works of art on their own.
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Filo Tape Dispenser

Talk about minimalist office supplies, could this tape dispenser be reduced any further? Made of mirror polished stainless steel, it measures 2.25″ wide and 3.25″ in depth. That could be the smallest dispenser ever, or at least the smallest (and least likely to offend anyone’s eyes) available in today’s marketplace. It certainly won’t win points for ease of use, but for those of you that want a dispenser to fit in a small desk drawer or perhaps even your briefcase or bag, it could be the right option.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: YLiving

Small Bird Card Set by Fanny Shorter

While you could use these cards for correspondence, you might also consider framing a few for a special spot somewhere in your home. Each illustration is a small bird drawn to scale 1:1 by artist Fanny Shorter and the set includes some of the tiniest birds in the world. Which one is the smallest? Apparently the Bee Hummingbird at 5.5 cm long- that’s 2.1653543 inches. Tiny!
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Price: $37.00
Available from: Lin Morris

Vote Cards

See those tiny red letters and what they spell out? Early voting begins in several states this week, and now’s the time to motivate yourself and others to participate in this year’s elections. Maybe you could hand them out around the office, or post one in a conspicuous place on the bulletin board at your local dry cleaners or favorite lunch place. Sometimes it only takes the tiniest push to get someone to the polls (and other times it takes a bull horn).

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Price: $16.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Lunatik Polymer Touch Pen

Ah-ha, a pen and stylus, all in one. Click the top and an analog rollerball pen cartridge protracts, enabling you to write on paper surfaces as usual. Click again and the pen cartridge retracts, leaving you with a silicone tip that works with your tablet device. Dual tip, dual function. Video below.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Rubber X-Bands

Time for an update. We posted these years ago, and they’ve not disappeared from our wishlists, though they have slightly changed in terms of pricing and available retailers. These Rubber X-Bands would come in handy for all sorts of office related papers and miscellany, or, better yet, for keeping a small gift box sealed as shown. Each box has an assortment of four sizes and colors, 16 rubberbands in total.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Fierzo Desk Organizer

Do you have papers scattered all over your desk? Maybe you could use an organizer that held paper vertically, something like this Fierzo Desk Organizer. Two stainless steel frames are held together by clips, allowing paper sheets to be held and presented without taking up too much precious workspace. The base doubles as a pen tray, perfect for smaller office supplies. Available in two sizes.
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Price: $58.00
Available from: YLiving

Scratch Travel Journal

Do you think Columbus Day should be rededicated as Explorer’s Day? Sounds better, doesn’t it? However you feel about the issue, and whether or not you have the day off, don’t let that adventurous spirit inside you get too comfortable on the sofa. Take a trip! While you’re at it, maybe bring along this travel journal: there’s a checklist, a diary, an international translator (perhaps not the most thorough, mind you), and the pièce de résistance, of course, is the scratch off maps. Scratch off the towns and chart your journey through a continent. Maybe it’s a little fussy for the serious traveler, but if your approach is more carefree then it could be a fun way to keep track of your travels.
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Price: $27.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

The Arcadian Stamp Series

Stamps! Whether you think you need them or not, take a look at the various designs of the Arcadian Stamp series from Imm-Living. There’s one or two that’s sure to tempt you, perhaps the old fashioned telephone, or typewriter? Maybe you don’t want to have too many trinkets on your desk, but just think of finishing off a nice handwritten note with an Anchor or Heart; it’ll be just the thing to add a personal touch.
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Price: $18.00 each
Available from: Huset-shop.com

Desktop Series by Another Country

Another Country has some lovely furniture, for sure, but have you seen these desk accessories? The smaller items have just as much thoughtful function and considered style as the furniture pieces, and, dare I say, it’s hard to go wrong with that particular brand of consistency. There’s a tall Pencil Pot, a Sharpener Pot (for pencil shavings), a Tape Dispenser, and an Eraser Pot with an actual eraser as its lid.
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Price: $119.00
Available from: Another Country

Famm Pen Case

Don’t let your nice writing instruments get lost or damaged; keep them safe and sound in a nice leather case like this one. A zippered compartment holds smaller items while two pouches leave room enough to store several pens/pencils/rulers/etc. Maybe bookmark it for a nice gift idea?
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Leibal

Fill-in-the-Blanks Bookplates

Bookplates! Maybe not that exciting if you’ve fully abandoned paper pages, but if you still harbor a love for the old fashioned tome, you might just like to have a few blank bookplates on hand. Keep track of the place/date you bought the book, inscribe a special sentiment before giving as a gift, or, as I might do, write in your name so the book will eventually find its way back to you if it’s ever borrowed.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: BOOK / SHOP

ANYTHING Letter Opener

If you receive no letters in the mail, good for you. For the rest of us, there are times when we are in need of a letter opener, and it would be nice to have one that did not offend the eyes. The Letter Opener by ANYTHING is just about as utilitarian as things get, and has that modern sensibility that our optical systems like so well. Do be sure to take a look at the collection of ANYTHING Desk Accessories if you’re not familiar with it already.
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Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy ANYTHING Letter Opener here

Dent Pencils

Why would you pay $28 for three pencils? Good question. Maybe because each pencil “explores our primal desire for soothing haptic response and fulfills our need for tactile gratification.” Does that sound about right? Snap each pencil out of its frame to use. Note: could be a good gift for someone that likes to sketch.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: The Future Perfect