Melanie Acevedo

Refresh Your Work Routine With These Stylish Desk Essentials

For office or play, they'll instantly upgrade your everyday.

September 8, 2023

Whether you spend your nine-to-five in a downtown high-rise, your home office, or behind the wheel scurrying between appointments, your workplace routine is likely in need of a little pizzazz. Our solution? Swap out standard-issue goods for these well-designed essentials to instantly elevate your everyday.

  • The A5 Stainless Steel memobottle’s flat, notebook-shaped flask slips easily into even the most crowded work bag.

    $65, memobottle.com

  • Electroplated with high-wattage chrome, the M-800 CT Tape Dispenser by El Casco is the definition of elevated everyday.

    $158, abask.com

  • A helpful reminder to follow the Golden Rule? Keep a Gilt Ruler by WMS&Co.—dipped in 24 karats—close at hand.

    $38, wmscoshop.com

  • The Row’s Owen Suede Runner Sneakers are so chic, you won’t feel the need to swap them out for proper pumps as soon as you reach the office.

    $690, bergdorfgoodman.com

  • Available in 16 hand-painted faux finishes, this Hexagonal Waste Paper Bin from Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler can be customized to match any scheme.

    From $1,056, sibylcolefax.com

  • A longtime fan of Muji’s notebooks, JP Williams creates his Hand-Finished Notebooks by reimagining the cult classics with metallic tape and foil stamping.

    $20, wmscoshop.com

  • From one of the country’s foremost purveyors of handmade books, Thornwillow Press’s hand-engraved Centennial Bookplates are a stylish way to make your mark.

    $45 for 60 bookplates, thornwillow.com

  • Plated with precious metal, these “Real Gold” No. 3 Paper Clips by Leone Dell’Era add a whiff of glamour to even the most mundane tasks.

    $32 for a pack of 60, shopshorthand.com

  • The cotton-candy hue of the Pop Calculator turns basic addition into a treat.

    $20, presentandcorrect.com

  • The Delfonics Wood Pen combines the tactility of an old-fashioned pencil with buttery smooth ballpoint ink.

    $8, presentandcorrect.com

  • Inspired by the legendary quilters of Gee’s Bend in Alabama and made from surplus cloth, the Patchwork Quilt Jacket by Marfa Stance is an everyday on-the-go essential—and did we mention it’s reversible?

    $1,335, marfastance.com

  • Corral clutter (and wirelessly charge your smartphone) on your desk or bedside table with Courant’s elegant, Belgian linen–wrapped CATCH:3 Essentials tray.

    $100, staycourant.com

  • The unusual shape of the Neto Scissors by Antonia Campi makes for an artful marriage of form and function.

    From $95, wmscoshop.com

  • Slim enough to pop into a tote, Clare V.’s Laptop Case also features handles so you can carry it on its own—just expect a few covetous stares on the subway.

    $155, garmentory.com

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