Stocking up on desk accessories generally doesn’t rank high on the priority list. But in our opinion, it should: Most Americans spend some 40 hours a week sitting at office desks, which tend to be situated under grim fluorescent lights, framed by grim, gray separators. Is a $15 Noguchi-esque lamp going to change that fact? No. Will it improve it? A little, we tend to think!
Another great lamp option, for brightening things up: this matte-red–and–wood guy.
A mod-ish clock.
Three vases for under $20, in case someone sends flowers.
This little, all-steel whale stapler is made in Cologno Monzese, Italy.
We love the lucite handles on these brass Poketo scissors.
The most cheerful ballpoint pen. For other options, check out our extremely in-depth ranking of 100 pens.
And the perfect (gridded) notebook to test it out in.
Not a tool, per se, but an essential: desk-sized tins of Maldon, the best salt ever.
A little concrete guy that’ll keep your chargers and headphones from tangling.
A real upgrade from those drab metal ones.
Or if you’re more of a lucite-type person.
A pleasantly uncluttered desktop calendar.
Fun hand bookends.
Since desks accumulate ungodly amounts of dust: a tiny little desk-broom set!
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