Welcome to In a Better Place, in which we help you handsome up your home, office or apartment, one space at a time. This week: your desk.
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” Sage advice from author John Le Carre.
And especially poignant if your desk — like ours — tends to devolve into a drab mass of teetering, unmitigated clutter.
Below: 12 great accessories that'll help you clean the joint up in style.
Your charging dock: Native Union DOCK+ Lightning
A weighted, minimalist charging dock for your iPhone with a color-matched Lightning Cable.
Your coffee mug: Merican Dream by Reed Wilson Design
A red, white and blue way to start your day (and yes, it’s made in the USA).
Your magazine rack: Tower Magazine Rack
Slick design, and a built-in handle means you can take your print reading with you.
Your decorative green touch: Swedish Brass Planter
A shiny throne for your desk cactus (note: you need a desk cactus).
Your desk clock: Radio Click Clock
A tactile beauty, this marriage of maple and aluminum lights up with the temp, time and date when you clap your hands or click your fingers.
Your shelving unit: Grovemade Desk Shelf System
A series of handsome walnut/maple shelves, wool felt desk pads, desk trays and laptop lifts, available separately or in bundles.
Your lamp: Anglepoise Type 1228 Desk Lamp
Lightweight aluminum arms and an opaque shade give you the perfect light.
Your flask: Moore & Giles Fine Leather-Wrapped Flask
Because you’re a classy functional alcoholic.
Your cord organizer: Quirky Cordies
The rubber grips on this tiny accessory will keep your charging cords manageable.
Your notebook: Kaufmann Mercantile
A refillable brown leather beauty that evokes the shade of Cuban cigar papers.
But don’t get this: Niceballs
Not for play. A prosthetic desk accessory that makes us long for fidget spinners.