- Sam Flax
12 West 20th Street, 212-620-3000
Gone are the tech-boom days when offices were stocked with beanbag chairs and Ping-Pong tables; today, you’re lucky to get the décor of The Office. But your desk is still your domain, and Sam Flax is the place to brighten it up. Best known for art supplies and custom printing, the Flatiron branch of this mini-chain also features aisles of desktop eye candy. You’ll find some traditional items like Bosca leather desk sets ($45–$343) and Montblancs, but most things are modern and colorful: Spanish-made notebooks by Miquelrius; Rexite colored-plastic staplers and letter trays ($20–$60); and Romodex’s Rolodex-style tabletop CD cases ($20). And if you’re looking for something to put all these goodies on, there’s a furniture section in back.
Best Chic Desk Items
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).