Daily Archives: June 12, 2009

Stylish Stylos

Retro Pens by Kikkerland

Retro Pens by Kikkerland

There’s a song from Dimitri From Paris off his US debut Sacrebleu titled Une Very Stylish Fille that continues to play in my head while looking at these fantastic retro inspired plastic pens. The set of five black ink ball points from one of my favorite accessory shop, Kikkerland, is a must have. Avoid the drawer or cup full of Papermate pens provided by your local Staples. I will admit that even the Bic clear standard has improved its looks, but I’m such a fan of really unique pens, from the trĂ©s expensive to the cheap. Strategically positioned on the desk, these pens make for a nice statement without actual writing.

The fascination with pens stems back to my youth when I played “office” with my cousins and neighbors. It was such a faux-pas to have a pen in grade school when lettering was conducted with a clunky crayon. Why call it penmanship when you are taught first with a pencil? Frankly, I love writing and I especially enjoy notetaking during long exaggerated production meetings. At the end of the discussion, I’m back to the grind on my computer, typing away, longing for the cursive art of my own handwritten work. But enough of my neurotic issues.

I discovered these pens at one of my favorite gift shops in Los Angeles. Clover is located at 2756 Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. Be sure to visit them if ever in the area. http://www.cloversilverlake.com/index.htm

You can also order them directly through Kikkerland’s online shop for $8. http://www.kikkerlandshop.com/4308a.html

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The Perfect Ending – Bookends

Bookends designed by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Bookends designed by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Every desk will accummulate several books, either for resource and/or inspiration. I’m a strong believer in treating your books with dignity and grace. Sure, we have our own madness and methods of highlighting quotes or jotting notes in the side margins of the page, but no matter how you make use of the publications, there’s something quite familiar with the display of stacked books on a desk. Be sure to add that subtle flair of distinction with bold artistic bookends like these designed by Chris Collicott for the creative shop Kikkerland Design.

Four different models are available in a resin stone, black finish. All are inspired by the industrial era of art and architecture, namely the construction details of Rockefeller Center in New York. I own a pair of these bookends. My favorite is Rosie the riveter, but the “pushing men” sit on the ledge my desk. Every time I look at them, I think of the simple precision that is seen throughout the machine age. Standing only 8″, the bookends add some personality to the workspace as well as a level of detail. Remember, the point to all of this is to create a work environment that keeps you inspired and invigorated.

Leaning Men bookends by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Leaning Men bookends by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Leaning Women bookends by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Leaning Women bookends by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Rosie bookend by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Rosie bookend by Chris Collicott for Kikkerland

Chris Collicott is a british designer who currently lives in New York. His work has been published and can often be found in many museum gift shops.

Be sure to check out Kikkerland Design and all of the items they offer for the office and home. I think you’ll be quite inspired. http://kikkerland.com

The bookends retail for $44 and can be ordered through Kikkerland’s shop. http://www.kikkerlandshop.com/

I hope you think it’s the perfect ending.

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