Monthly Archives: June 2010

No-hand Stand Man – MoviePeg™ for iPhones

The no-hand iPhone stand by MoviePeg™

It really is this simple.

It really is this simple! Here’s an affordable alternative to the Calypso Crystal Dock. The essential accessory for iPhone users is made of recycled materials and offers a very cost effective solution for deskside display. The MoviePeg™ is available in six primary colors and sold online for $7.

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Cold As Ice – Calypso Crystal iPhone Dock

The Crystal Dock by Calypso

For the person who has everything and still looking for that je ne sais quoi! Handmade from lead crystal glass, Calypso’s crystal dock for your iPhone/iPod is an elegant objet d’art for that special corner of your desk near the computer. Meticulously crafted, the dock is a representation of the fine European tradition of crystal glass making. 15 different artisans make their mark in the production for one dock before it is carefully reviewed for flaws. Four design choices for those with finicky taste. The Calypso Dock starts at $199. Perfect for showcasing your new iPhone4.

Beau is one of four detailed designs by Calypso.

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Wild Wild West – Old Time Computers

Your computer retrofitted for the old world charm.

For some reason, I’m mesmerized by these retro-fitted computers made to look like items found in an old Victorian banker’s office. My lawyer from an unfortunate law breaking incident (don’t ask) had a private office that was inspired by the wild, wild west. I came very close to walking out as soon as I walked through the door. As with any legal case, you’re forced to be humbled, so I didn’t really have a choice to pick an attorney based on personal taste and style. Fortunately, all went as planned and I am forever indebted to a man who loves nostalgia. I must admit, my very first desk lamp was a banker style brass lamp with a green glass shade. You know the type, right? I suppose I’m still nostalgic for it since it was one of the very first purchases I made that clearly indicated my love for office design. That style would be right at home with this series of computers and accessories by Old Time Computer. Ranging from a collection of Mac products, the keyboards are “fantastical!” (yes, this is one of many made-up words I like using to butcher the English language). There is now a wireless keyboard available as well as a wireless mouse.

Now available in a wireless keyboard.

I know this is not for everyone, but I do love the merge between the old world and today’s modern conveniences. It’s a little sci-fi noir…just like the original Time Machine. If you think you might be interested in stepping back in time with our computer technology, be sure to visit Old Time Computer.

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Color My World – Duller Color Pencils

Duller + IDEA 36 set color pencils

Here’s another product from the design collaboration by the German art suppliers Duller and Japanese creatives IDEA. The 36 color pencil set is beautifully assembled in this portfolio box. Designers will drool over this meticulous curated collection of color. Just another example of great partnerships for the good of design. Order yours today from A+R for $96.

36 colors for your world.

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Duller, Duller…Duller – Duller Pen

Braun designed Duller pens

Offered in a fountain, rollerball and mechanical pencil, the new Duller pens represent a collaborative effort between the Braun design team and IDEA of Japan. Nothing like Japanese and German technology to stand the test of time, right? It’s like a BMW Toyota hybrid for your writing needs. Created as a full companion package with complementary notebooks and other accessories, you can see the offering at TwentyTwentyOne. The Duller pen is priced at 49£.

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Inspiration – Another Home Office

A very simple home office that you can create yourself.

Seriously, this is one of those simple home offices that looks more expensive than it really is. A simple desk created with two stands and a counter top, all kept in the same material. A basic walnut chair fits with the room but maintains a slight distinguishable look. Add this with a bold graphic rug and neutral paint, plus a window view and you have yourself a serene office for conducting home business. The basic string for clipping pictures and postcards is a brilliant touch. Try it sometime.

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WiFi Your Sound – Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Bluetooth your playlist with Belkin's Music Receiver

Plug into your speakers or home sound system and play music wirelessly.

It’s the simple things that make me happy. Take a look at Belkin’s Bluetooth Music Receiver. Plug the small device into your speakers or home stereo system and you can play your iPod/iPhone playlist wirelessly. This is great for an office solution. Situate a pair of speakers in another place in the room and choose the music from your iPhone while sitting at your desk. Eliminate the space clutter of speakers and add the convenience of our wifi tech savvy world. The gadget can be purchased directly from Belkin for $49.

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I yah yeah – iPhone 4

Apple's iPhone 4 with video chat, ultra sharp resolution, and more.

A plea to my partner aka ambassador of “quan” (ref: Jerry Maguire).

Yes, my current iPhone 2 works fine but just like the rest of technology, it’s aging fast…very fast. The new iPhone4 will solve all of my problems, including those I didn’t realize I had. When needing the assistance of a true friend to help me decide what I should be wearing to a special event (hint: anniversary), I can then use the new FaceTime feature that allows users to video chat. Imagine, no longer the need of photographing yourself and then e-mailing the image. Oh, what about taking a night-time picture with your iPhone? It’s usually a mess, right? You can now do so with the 5-megapixel camera and integrated LED flash, perfect for capturing that special celebration (hint: anniversary). And when looking at those pictures on said iPhone, the images are even better than before with the new Retina Display capability that provides 4x the clarity on the screen. And when jumping back and forth between ecstatic phone calls and various apps, the new iPhone4 allows you to do so seamlessly with its all new multitasking platform. All this plus an amazing new shell and casing, HD video, folders for organizing apps, and more.

So you see dear partner, the new iPhone4 is more than just a phone. It’s how I conduct business and pleasure. More importantly, it’s how I stay connected to you. So with this in mind, I’m not asking that you buy this for me, but rather give me the blessing to go out and treat myself without the guilt. It’s sure to be one simple gesture that will mark a special year.

Pre-order yours tomorrow, June 15.

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For inspiration – Jen Bilik’s Home Office

Knock Knock founder Jen Bilik's Home Office

Knock Knock! Who’s there? …Not that type of knock knock. Jen Bilik, founder of the publishing house and stationers Knock Knock, has sold her Mar Vista home, but her beautiful DIY projects are kept in tact online at Design*Sponge. Take special note of her home office. This simple to replicate workstation is a great way of adding clean lines and modernity with a bold choice of color. I truly appreciate a straight work desk that allows you to view your computer monitor without a tilt or angle. I’m not of fan of corner placements of computers because of the odd sitting situation – just my preference. The wall-mount Artemide task lights are great as are the random tacked artwork placed above the desk. I hope this provides you some inspiration to be creative with your work place.

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A.T.’s Get The Look

Apartment Therapy's Get The Look - Office Organization

I think the notion of organization is always easier said than done. I’m fairly organized, but the problem I have is easily forgetting where I filed things. It’s an oxymoron for sure. Regardless, the look of being organized is priceless and I’ve been told once or twice that “perception is reality.” I suppose if you believe you’re organized, you WILL be organized. Take a look at Maxwell’s Get The Look on Apartment Therapy. You’ll find how you too can get this structured look for your office needs. I’m completely digging the apothecary jars for your pencils/pens, labels and stuff. Carve out some time for yourself to make your “reality” come true.

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