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Mission Stairs

As you selectively add momentos and objet d’arts for your office to add some personality, you might consider this authentic model of Mission Stairs on sale NOW from One Kings Lane. Let it sit on a credenza or bookcase in clear sight to remind you that it’s essential to stay focused when climbing to the top…or it might just help spark the energy required to stay on track with your new year resolution of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. As Nike says, Just Do It…and do it soon. The sale price of $99 ends Wednesday 1/30.

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January 27, 2013 · 8:24 pm

Storylines for your office (wall)

Frederik Roije's Storylines book shelf

Available in four colors, dark and light grey, white and blue.

Last month, I introduced you to Frederik Roije and his Guidelines wall-mount magazine rack. Now witness another great find from his Amsterdam-based studio – Storylines is a book shelf with the outline of an architectural skyline. If in the search for something interesting for your office that goes beyond the conventional, look no further. What I enjoy most about Roije’s work is the combination of architecture, design and functionality. True to the modern creed of “form follows function,” there’s nothing better than a true testament of authentic design that fuses all of these great aspirations. Made of powder-coated folding metal, Storylines is available in dark grey, light grey, blue, and white and is available for 199 Euros.

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Meet petite Vika Veine – IKEA

Affordable and space saving Vika Veine desk by IKEA.

Available in Brown-Black or White.

Convenient access to cables and plugs.

I get excited when mass manufacturers decide to provide accessible, clean design to the public. Grant it, IKEA is a rare breed with Swedish roots, which can hardly be coined as a “mass player.” But, considering it’s sheer volume of products and mass appeal, I appreciate their consideration of space-challenged dwellers living in urban neighborhoods. So if you’re in New York, or just happen to have a rather tight space, take note. The Vika Veine desk is a small workspace (measures 39″ wide by 24″ deep) that opens up to provide access to a felt board full of pockets and space for paperwork. Thanks to the mechanism of the pop-up hood, a channel opening provides access to power outlets and for hiding those messy cables. It’s a smart feature and one that is rarely seen with such minimal flair. You can be working and easily hide everything by closing the top. Furthermore, you have a clean worksurface in a split second.

The best part, the price is only $99 USD (not including the legs).

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Guidelines for your Life (and other mags)

Frederik Roije's folding medal Guidelines for wall mounted magazines.

Something about Frederik Roije‘s Guidelines design is very fashionable for your office wall. “Fashionable”… perhaps I’m channeling Anna Wintour because of today’s Fashion Night Out. But if you agree or not, his simplistic design is quite practical for displaying a few magazines that can pose as art. A little Bauhaus mixed with a Mondrian twist, the Amsterdam-based designer has created something unique with folded metal that is coated and available in white or dark gray. If you’ve been reading The Desctop for awhile, you will know that I have a love affair with print magazines. I’m especially excited about Roije’s creation because it is now easy to frame your favorite three covers without going through the trouble of placing them inside a frame. Furthermore, you can switch out the covers with ease for a quick update. For anyone looking to add a bit of fashion to their office space, simply add Guidelines to your wall. Available directly from Frederik Roije’s studio for 169 Euros.

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Write Wall – IdeaPaint

IdeaPaint turns your wall into a dry erase board!

Available in a solvent or water-base paint

Ever get in trouble for writing on the walls as a kid? I did. Perhaps it was a degenerate gene that connected me to my graffiti-making cousins or it was an artistic need to exert some creative expression. Whatever it was, I masked my bedroom walls long before it was popular to do so in conference rooms for the business world. Now, thanks to the wonders of science, you have another option besides chalkboard paint for similar applications. IdeaPaint, founded by three Babson College graduates, creates a high-performance solvent-base and a home-friendly water-base paint that transforms your walls into an effective dry erase board. For commercial and corporate needs, 50 sf of surface paint is available in an array of neutral colors starting at $175 USD. For smaller home projects, the water-based solution is available for 20 sf of coverage for $30. Keep in mind, 20 sf will yield an area that is 5′ x 4′. If opting for this option, I suggest buying cheap molding to create a frame effect for the designated area. The last thing you want is to go outside “the lines” and truly ruin your traditional walls. Consider this a lesson learned from my youth.

Visit IdeaPaint for their great site full of…well, ideas.

Set within a color backdrop, a small amount goes a long way.

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A StudioDesk For You

Tight quarters? The StudioDesk should do the trick.

It’s a compact desk for the home that does not sacrifice on efficiency or clever design. Bluelounge has created an affordable desk that merges traditional Scandanavian design with modern convenience. The faux leather blotter slides to unveil storage for your power chords and cables, making for a clutter free environment. Pile in all of your power chords and connect to a surge protector that exits the desk to connect to your wall source. White laminate surface is balanced by natural mahogany legs. The simple desk is perfect for those tiny apartments and spare guest rooms. Just under 4 feet in length and a little more than 2 feet in depth, the StudioDesk is a reliable solution for those of you “space challenged.” Retailing for $600, you can order directly through Bluelounge.

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Part Deux – The Sequel Office

The Sequel Office by BDI

Well, I wouldn’t call it “the best desk ever,” but it is rather good for a home office solution or start-up business environment. The Sequel office system by BDi consists of a desk, a return workspace and below surface filing cabinets. Choose from three finishes – natural stained cherry, espresso stained oak, or natural walnut – to complement its subtle, contemporary elements like the brushed steel accents and a unique micro-etched black tempered glass top that is resistant to fingerprints. No need for a mouse pad; the glass surface is also compatible for use with an optical mouse. The integrated modesty panels help hide cables and the keyboard tray is lined with neoprene to prevent any slipping when typing. You can find out more at BDi as well as locate a dealer near you. San Diego-based Hold It happened to be on-site at the Dwell Design show and provided all of the info. If I recall correctly, the L-shaped configuration is handsomely priced below $1,000.

And if interested about its designer, Matthew Weatherly is a young artist with a degree from Pratt and studied at Denmark’s Design School. With this basic background information, you can easily see his influence at work.

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