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Desktop Icons

Eleven creative New Yorkers select the office objects they can’t work without.


Whether you’ve got the corner or a cube, your office is a personal space and bears the mark of its resident worker bee. Your desk is a kind of self-portrait, unique as handwriting. And nothing’s more totemic than your writing implement. Jewelry designer Lisa Salzer has a thing for lead: “I’ve loved these precise, sharp little mechanical pencils since I was a kid; they never need sharpening, erase perfectly, and for some reason, when I write with them, everything is that much more brilliant.” Fashion designer Maria Cornejo opts for Muji’s fine-tip ink numbers “because they are very fine for drawing, totally utilitarian, and minimalist” (Muji Assorted Color pen, $8 at MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring St., at Crosby St.; 646-613-1367; Prismacolor pencils, $47.99 for 48 at Utrecht Art Supplies, 111 Fourth Ave., nr. 12th St.; 212-777-5353; Paper Mate Sharp Writer mechanical pencils, $2.99 at Staples, 699 Sixth Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-675-5698; Pentel Arts Sign Pen Set, $18.36 at Lee’s Art Shop, 220 W. 57th St., nr. Broadway; 212-247-0110; Cretacolor Aquarellith pencils, $78.95 at Lee’s Art Shop; Aurora fountain pen, $195 at Arthur Brown & Brother, 2 W. 46th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-575-5555).


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