Monthly Archives: October 2009

Customize Your World (dome) – paperweights

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Custom monogram paperweights from iomoi

Awhile back, I wrote about the eye candy of glass paperweights for your desk. Here’s a way to go one step further by personalizing it. Iomoi is an online shop specializing in “timeless classics with a twist of modern.” Here you can select from over 100 backgrounds for your name or initials. Choose from a slender oval shape or the traditional glass dome.

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Over 100 designs to choose from...

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Timeless classics with a twist of modern.

Remember to pick a design that will complement the rest of your desk and office. It doesn’t have to be anything matchy-matchy, but try creating some connection either through color or theme. The oval shape paperweight retails for $42 and the dome is $60. For more information, visit www.iomoi.com.

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Louis Louis – Louis Vuitton Backpack

Louis Vuitton Michael Backpack
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.”

Michael Backpack from Louis Vuitton

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.

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Mino Me – Mino Mini USB Monitors

Mimo 710-S USB Mini Monitor

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 710-S folds away for travel

The iMo mini monitor is great for the desk.

The iMo mini monitor is great for the desk.

Dedicated stand for the iMo

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.

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Art Floor – CB2 Rugs

CB2 Blox Rug, $299

CB2 Blox Rug, $299

CB2 Wire Rug, $299

CB2 Wire Rug, $299

Bold graphics can really compensate for the lack of art in your space. The power of integrated graphics can really make for a strong impact in rather small and sterile environments. It’s for this reason that I’m so drawn to these two examples of affordable area rugs from CB2. Made from New Zealand/Indian wool, these hand-tufted rugs make for a bold statement in your work space and provides some luxurious texture to complement your design.

The blox rug reminds me of Piet Mondrian – the artist linked to the De Stijl movement with grid compositions consisting of three primary colors. I’m sure you’re all familiar with his famous paintings, easily found in most modern art museums. Not that this rug is art, but the culmination of colored squares and rectangles make for clean symmetry that anchors a modern room with minimal clutter. As I have mentioned before, create a theme to unify the accessories in your office. In this case, you can select a few red pieces to showcase on your desk and allow for the rug to tie it all together. Of course, this is just a suggestion. You can also go crazy with so many other options.

If looking for something more dynamic, the brush stroke quality of the Wire Rug is bold yet refined with its use of two colors – black and cream. I really appreciate the playful nature of the design and the restrained decision to avoid any outrageous color combination. This rug would be nicely paired with a black desk with some careful placement of cream parchment paper at the corner and some antiquated silver frames with a silver cup used for pens. Just a thought.

Ah, and as for placement, that all depends. I don’t suggest having your desk sit on the rug. Instead, use it in front or behind your desk, depending on your setup. If your desk is placed up against a wall or window, then use it to anchor your chair. You’ll be happy to see it as that big statement that greets you when you start your day. If you have a more traditional arrangement with two guest chairs in front of your desk, then use it there. The feel of the rug will make for a more inviting gathering when conducting business at your desk.

To order your rug or check out other modern rugs available at CB2, visit their site at www.cb2.com .

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Play It Like An Accordion – Collator

Russel+Hazel's Collator

Russel+Hazel's Collator

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.

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Theories in Action – Pics from Lonny mag

Ron Marvin's NY bachelor pad in Lonny mag, 10/09

Ron Marvin's NY bachelor pad in Lonny mag, 10/09

Isn’t it reassuring to find like-minded individuals that reaffirm your design sensibilities and recommendations? In the premiere issue of the online shelter mag, Lonny, one of its feature articles profiles a Manhattan bachelor pad designed by Ron Marvin. His masculine details make for a luxe suite that provides several great ideas for your own office pad. In fact, they’re much like the past recommendations made through this blog. Remember when I told you how I use a mirror above my desk to help reflect natural light and, of course, for vanity reasons? Click here for the post. What about using rare objects for your desk and wall, remember me sharing that with you? How about a wall full of frames with images that tell a story? Marvin meticulously curates a modern home that remains polished, sophisticated and refined. It’s a space I would love to own and create some day. Take note of his tips and try adapting some of these true tricks of the trade for a luxurious workplace.

Marvin creates an art wall with framed b&w prints.

Marvin creates an art wall with framed b&w prints.

Bold colors make white orchids and candles pop.

Bold colors make white orchids and candles pop.

For more inspiration, visit lonnymag.com.

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Design by Numbers – Desktop Calculator

Desktop calculator designed by Theo Williams, sold at Canoe.

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

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.

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