Yes, the Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, and with all the feats of skill and speed and artistry on display in South Korea, now felt like an appropriate time to celebrate all of the delightful things that originated in the country. From miracle-working beauty products and addictive snacks to Ultra HD electronics and the world’s best dishwashing gloves. Welcome to Made in Korea week on the Strategist.
Things you may learn while researching a story on office accessories from Korea: First, they are masters at making “things that look like other things.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a pen that wasn’t masquerading as a blade of grass or a little notepad that was just a notepad, and not hidden in its own milk carton. But also, there’s a whole world of innovative, stylish desktop things out there that would be worth checking out, especially since most of them fall under $20. Here, some of the best and most design-y Korean office supplies on Amazon.
Kloud City Fruit-Shaped Notepads
A set of delightful flippable tear-off notepads in the shape of fruit, with printed pits and seeds on the inside, too.
JStory Pencil Case
Here’s a slim, zigzag-patterned case that looks like it could be made for eyeglasses, but is wide enough to carry a bundle of pencils or pens, from South Korean brand JStory.
JStory Gel Pens
Similarly hypnotizing gel pens, with practical click designs.
Funnylive Metal Bookmarks (Pack of 5)
A set of metal bookmarks or paper clips that come in an assortment of colors.
Skydue Accordion Expanding Folder
A collapsible accordion file in a refreshing shade of green.
Fascola Fruit Rulers
Small rulers that resemble fruit slices.
Livework 10 Colors Twin Pen Set
The perk of these pens are that they’re dual-sided, so you get a lot more colors to choose from.
Aibearty Milk Box Creative Sticky Notes
Open the milk box to find a covert notepad for jotting down reminders.
Plastic Paper Clips (Set of 4)
For the person who’s very into color-coding things.
Livework Small Moment Planner
Slim, undated planners from Korean brand Livework that are lightweight enough to transport in handbags and work totes.
Funnylive Leather Laptop Bag
A sleek leather bag for transporting your precious MacBook.
Hi Shapa Train Pencil Sharpener
A space-age-y pencil sharpener in the shape of a truncated train.
Funnylive Mesh Pencil Cases (Set of 3)
Mesh cases for toting pencils or other tools, so you never have to wonder whether you’ve forgotten anything.
Jlysheng Korean Exam File Folder
A sleek blue folder that can clip your files into place.
Marble Memo Pads
If you’re one of those people who’s into marbling everything.
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