It’s calling my name…literally! Well, not calling but it does have my name. The new Louis Vuitton Michael Backpack is the latest from the purveyor of luxury’s Damier Graphite collection. Equipped with a patted compartment for a laptop, plenty of pockets, and the oh-so-nice thick textured leather makes for one indulgent buy. Isn’t it the perfect timing for the holidays? This might be the gift I buy myself and sign, “from Santa.”
The Louis Vuitton Michael Backpack retails for $1,530. The Size: 10.2″ x 17.7″ x 6.7″. Check it out at louisvuitton.com.
Mimo 710-S USB Mini Monitor
Not only should you be keeping your desktop organized and clutter-free, you might want to do the same about your computer. Check out these mini monitors by Mimo that provide some additional screen space for your computer desktop. Affordable, compact, user-friendly…what’s not to love? With the popularity, and to some, the necessity of keeping social media screens active on your computer, you can now have a dedicated monitor for those applications. Set aside your Outlook or IMs so you can easily glance at incoming messages without minimizing the screen of real work. The 710-S model folds nicely into a portable unit that can be easily stored in your top drawer. The iMo Pivot comes with a dedicated stand that allows for the monitor to swing from horizontal format to vertical. Both monitors are 7″ with a modest resolution of 800 x 400 and connect to your computer via USB. (Mac users will need to download additional drivers available from Mimo’s website).
The 710-S folds away for travel
The iMo mini monitor is great for the desk.
Dedicated stand for the iMo
The portable Mino 710-S retails for $150 and the iMo sells for $130. Both can be purchased directly from Mimo at mimomonitors.com.
With its clean lines and aluminum construction, Russell+Hazel’s collator is a great modern piece to place on a credenza in your office. Visually interesting, it not only harks mid-century office design with efficiency and practicality, the collator is also playful with random paperwork and color files positioned in the accordion folds. Use this to stay organized without sacrificing style.
Available at Russell+Hazel for $30.
Lenox desktop calculator designed by Theo Williams.
I remember being so fascinated by my father’s Casio calculator he kept inside his camel brown leather briefcase. I was four and the small technological advances of the late 70 seemed so impressive and powerful. We have come a long way since then and with new inventions like the iPhone, netbooks and such, my dad’s little gadget seems so outdated and unnecessary. But there’s a romance of playing office as a kid with these old-school tools, and I still enjoy the tactile objects that might otherwise be deemed antiquated. Point in case, there’s no big need for a calculator with most computers already equipped with this function or you program the codes in a program like Excel. But, I do prefer the convenience of being able to punch in a few numbers on a dedicated devise for determining important answers like…how much money do I have left in my bank account?
Here’s a great option of a calculator to showcase on your desktop. Designed by industrial designer Theo Williams, the slick white gizmo is oversized and measures 4″ x 7.75″, providing quite a presence in your office. Basic functions keep things simple without dealing with complicated signs and equations.
As you know, I like taking the time to recognize the original designer if the info is available. Theo Williams is based in London and is the creative director for Habitat, a company originally started by Sir Terence Conran. Williams has worked for Mexx in Europe, currently owned by Liz Claiborne, USA, as well as design products and packaging for Alessi, Armani, Prada, and Philips. See his portfolio at www.theowilliams.com.
Thin profile of the Lenox desktop calculator
This Lenox LC 59 calculator designed by Theo Williams is available online for $32 at www.canoeonline.net. And be sure to browse the Portland, OR online shop. They have plenty of great products for the office.