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Clear the Decks: 11 Ideas for Controlling Desktop Paper (Shredder Included)

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 17, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Margot Guralnick last modified Oct 16, 2014

Even in these paperless times, the empty desk is unrealistic—and, let's face it, too soulless. Fortunately, we've entered a new Golden Age (literally and figuratively) of desk accessories. "Where do I put the odd piece of mail that requires attention, such as those annoying $11 medical copay bills?" Michelle asked in an editorial meeting the other day. Here are 11 answers, shredder included. Above: Danish design company Ferm Living recently unveiled a new collection of desk accessories that includes, from left: a house-shaped Magazine Holder  veneered in smoked oak, $59 from Clever Spaces; a Brass Hexagon Pot , $54 for small (other shapes and sizes available), from Clever Spaces; and nesting cardboard Boxes with leather tabs, set of four €144 ($182.82 USD) from Ferm Living. Above: The  Another Country Paper Tray , made of oak and brass by one of our favorite UK furniture companies, is now available in the US from Nannie Inez, $117. Go to  Another Country in Marylebone, London to see more. Above: Ikea's Kvissle desk storage collection in steel and cork includes a Desk Organizer , $5.99;  Letter Tray , $19.99;  Set of Four Boxes with Lids , $14.99; Wall Magazine Rack , $14.99; and more. Above: A new take on the tiered paper tray,  Archive Hill  by Danish design company Hay is made of oak; 799 DKK ($137.79 USD).  Above: The Mail Organizer Desk Tray , shown above, second from left, from Shinola has shaped metal dividers and is designed for propping up letters, business cards, iPhones, and iPads; $80 (not currently in stock but arriving soon). It's designed by Seattle's Ladies and Gentleman Studio in collaboration with Pat Kim of Brooklyn, who together offer a similar set of desk accessories (see below). Above: The  .Org Deskscape System by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio and Pat Kim consists of a series of wood, cork, and metal modules, all made in the US and designed to be "tiled together to create a tidy desk landscape." The group—a zigzag tray, double-bowl container, mail organizer, and cork block—is $250 from L&G Studio. Above: The wood and ceramic   W&W Stationery and Tech Organizer , $50 at A&R, consists of a grooved tray—which serves as a memo pad holder and smartphone stand (with a place for a charger)—and a container for pens, paper clips, and other small items. Above: The Alessi Fierzo Desk Organizer has a beechwood base for holding desk supplies and a mirror-polished, stainless-steel frame that holds sheets of paper—to keep important material on view or create a changeable screen; $59 for the small (shown here) and $135 for the large, from Alessi. Above: The  Handy Paper Shredder  is 7.2 inches wide and operates manually; $11.95 from Muji. Above: The Teak Trash Basket  by Saito Wood of Japan is $75 for the 12-inch-tall small size, shown here, and $130 for the large from Tortoise General Store in Los Angeles. It's also available from OK . Above: Replace a plastic recycling bin with Roost's leather-handled wire baskets (Julie did). Go to Bliss Home for ordering information.  Are you as addicted to stationery and desk accessories as we are? See our posts on Present & Correct in London and  McNally Jackson Goods for the Study in New York . For desk ideas, browse our Photo Gallery , and go to 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Worktables . More Stories from Remodelista Before & After: Makeshift Society in Brooklyn 10 Easy Pieces: Desks for Small Spaces Object Lessons: The Indispensable Desk Stapler






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