Desk Accessories

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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

MMM Magnifying Glass

Update: Remember when this was $80? Now it’s half off at MoMA Store.

Let’s say you don’t need a magnifying glass to aid poor vision. Instead you’ll use it to inspect small insects, fine fabrics, and secret messages written in tiny print. Also, not that you need fashion advice, but this is a much better choice than wearing a monocle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Bookmarker

If you still carry around actual (as in paper paged) books, take a look at these metal text bookmarks by Artori Design. Choose between TO BE CONTINUED, COMING SOON, GREAT BOOK!, PAUSED, and YOU ARE HERE. I’m sure we could all think of some other great options should they wish to add to the collection.
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Price: $12.99
Available from: Animi Causa

Table-top Paper holder with Cutter

If you’ve ever used large paper rolls, either for your own art/design use or because you are around kids, you know that they can be a little annoying to use. This tabletop wooden paper cutter holds the roll in place and allows for a neat, straight tear, making everyone’s life just a little easier. There’s also the IKEA MÅLA Tabletop paper holder option for $6.99, and, of course, more robust (and slightly more expensive) steel options available through school supply outlets or Amazon. Or, if you’re handy, you could make a DIY version like this one by Ana White.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: imaginechildhood.com

Lines Notebooks

Similar to the Eco A5 Notebook, the outer cover of these notebooks show the line layout on the interior pages. Make one into a calendar/planner or use as a notebook to keep ideas and thoughts at your fingertips for easy reference. Inside pages are lined in red.

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Price: $9.00
Available from: Poketo

Stuff To Do and Great Ideas Notebooks

If you still rely on paper and pen/pencil to keep your thoughts in order, check out these little notebooks. Perfectly sized for a pocket or small bag, they’ll keep your lists neat and tidy. Notebooks include STUFF TO DO, GREAT IDEAS, NOTE TO SELF, and STOCK UP, each $6.00.

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Price: $6.00
Available from: Knock Knock

Paper-made Letter Opener

This looks more like a well crafted shiv than a letter opener, but rest assured its intent is for paperwork rather than protecting yourself in prison. But never mind all that, let’s get to the more impressive feature: the blade of this letter opener is made from a “fusion of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a water-based resin made from cashew nut shells.” Paper + water + cashew shells = blade. Nice. The blade pivots between the two-pieced handle of poplar wood.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods