Guest Picks: Desk Accessories for Creative Types
Practical tools and accessories get a whimsical update for a desk that inspires creativity
Summer is over, and for many that means returning to school and work. But just because you're stuck behind a desk most days doesn't mean that your office needs to be routine. Whimsical yet practical accessories that remind you of the olden days or the great outdoors may just be the trick to inspire new heights of creativity. — Justine from Design Skool
Trapped in an uninspiring, windowless cubicle? Why not add a little of the outdoors to you desktop with Karolin Felix Dream's desk organizer? Composed from several different wooden blocks, it can be rearranged at will, inspiring new feats of creativity.
Never lose your pencil again. Philippe Ferreux's magnetic pencil sticks to anything metal. It's ingenious!
This fresh, dipped slate board from Terrain is the perfect place to record meetings and other daily reminders.
Notes, to-do lists and other reminders can be recorded in style on this gorgeous notepad from Japan.
DIY your desk. Yellow Owl stamp sets allow you to create your own cards and notebooks. Choose from many different themes (from recipe cards to book plates) and scenes (from seaside to circus).
Cute and compact, Zenith's 520 stapler seems like a personable and handy little guy to have around your desk.
This is pretty cool chalk. I love the crayon shape and star paper. From Germany's oldest chalk manufacturer, these retro numbers are simply named: No. 33.
Handmade from ash and porcelain by Farrah Sit, this lovely organizer adds a quiet zen touch to you office.
Are these the most beautiful pencils in the world? Quite possibly. But that's not all: These Japanese pencils are made from premium graphite and aromatic cedar.
The most delicate crafts require paper tweezers. I think these are so lovely that you could just use them as decor.
They may look like fall leaves, but they're actually sticky notes! They're so clever and pretty that you'll want to leave them everywhere.
Yes, it's basic, but that's the beauty of this retro gum eraser.
The boring Rolodex just got a little brighter with the help of A Little Hut. This pretty set from graphic designer Patricia Zapata includes everything you could possibly need.
A concrete pen? Yes, industrialists, this one's for you. (Though the rest of us think it's pretty cool too.)
Rare is the day that I get inspired by rubber bands. These jolly orange numbers are so cute and easy to use that I can't wait to bundle things with them.
Paperclips are fine, but hand-dyed clothespins in a rainbow of natural hues are so much better for keeping things organized.
I love this simple update to the basic ruler achieved with the addition of some white paint. It not only is striking, but makes the numbers easier to read too.
This double sharpener (one side for pencils, one for crayons) adds a modest dose of bling to the desktop.
Spare yourself the annoying task of having to unstick the end of your tape! This ingenious design keeps the tape from wiring back in. Oh, and its jolly orange form is pretty irresistible too.
Ideabook published on Sept. 21, 2012.
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