This quirky contraption is a non-perforating compass that does more than draw circles

Anyone who has worked with paper and pen will most likely have come across the venerable drawing tool that is the compass. For centuries, it has been the standard way to draw circles of any diameter, and for centuries, artists, designers, and engineers have been forced to deal with holes in their canvases and papers. Fortunately, that’s a thing of the past, and designers today have come up with multiple ways to draw circles without harming your paper, but that’s as far as many of these modern compasses go. At the end of the day, it’s yet another tool to add to your pouch or drawer, taking up space for something you might not use that often. In contrast, this tool looks a little bit complicated because it sort of is. Although you’ll probably use it to primarily draw circles and ellipses, this modular stationery can actually replace almost a dozen of your other tools as well.

Designer: Pik Shan Lee

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It’s difficult to blame product designers of the ancient past for how they made compasses that would become a staple of the trade. It wasn’t until recently that we’d have access to better materials, more accessible resources, and more unconventional design thinking to create a tool that doesn’t need to poke a hole in the middle of your material. These non-perforating compasses are starting to become more familiar with designers today, but Exlicon takes that idea to the next level and beyond perfect circles.

The basic concept behind Exlicon is the same. You have a disc that you set in the middle of the circle you want to draw, and then you swing a movable arm to draw that circle. In this tool’s case, however, the arm or arms or wings can attach in different ways to draw not just circles but also ellipses of different orientations. Going beyond round forms, however, the tool supports drawing other geometric shapes and can also measure things you’ve already drawn.

It mostly depends on how you use or connect the wings, with one serving as a typical ruler while another can measure angles like a protractor. Another wing has holes and cutouts to draw golden ratio triangles and curves. You can even draw hexagons and pentagrams without having to pull out a different tool from your arsenal. There are also add-on discs that can do spirals, mandalas, and perspective guides.

All in all, the Exlicon and its discs can replace about nine other drawing tools you might have to carry separately. With an all-steel build, the tool has its own distinct appeal and a promise of longevity that many plastic rules and curves can’t deliver. That said, the multi-shape design tool does look a bit daunting because of its many parts and complex use, but it is the price that must be paid for an all-in-one solution to many of your drawing and measuring needs.

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This all-metal pen with a magnetic activation system combines premium with fun

Cooler than any space pen you’ll ever find, the Lazlo is a uniquely alluring pen with an all-metal design and a fidget-worthy magnetic system. Designed by the folks at Makers Cabinet, Lazlo adds to their kit of high-end desirable and functional stationery, which all started with the HØVEL, an unconventional sharpening tool inspired by the planer – a popular woodworking tool.

Designers: Odin Ardagh and Noah Bier of Makers Cabinet

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Named after Laszlo Biro, the inventor of the popular ballpoint pen we so commonly use today, the eponymous pen celebrates almost 85 years since Biro unveiled his invention to the world. It comes with a Schmidt MegaLine ballpoint refill on the inside (a highly sophisticated writing module based on a gas-pressurized system), and is triggered by a patent-pending dipole magnetic mechanism that works with a simple twist. A textured knob on the rear of the pen engages the magnets, causing them to either attract or repel based on their orientation. This pushes the refill either into the pen, or outwards, allowing you to write!

The Patent Pending Mechanism – Diametrically opposed neodymium magnets rotate bi-directionally to engage and disengage the cartridge to create an unparalleled crisp click.

A Satisfying, Balanced Weight – The profile is marginally tapered, forming an elegant shape which is both comfortable in your hand and balanced in weight.

The Lazlo comes in brass as well as aluminum variants, both offering their own merits. The aerospace-grade aluminum offers a more lightweight writing experience at just 40 grams, and comes in a matte silver finish that some would appreciate, since it pairs rather well with the anodized aluminum bodies of laptops. For others, the brass Lazlo has a distinct gravitas. It weighs 65 grams, offering a more stable, weighted writing experience, and the brass patinas over time, giving the Lazlo a more personalized vintage touch with prolonged use… something an old-fashioned purist would appreciate much more.

Longevity Tested to 80+ Years of Use.

Featuring Schmidt – The Schmidt MegaLine ballpoint refill is a highly sophisticated writing module based on a gas-pressurized system. This enables you to not only write upside down but also in the most extreme environmental conditions.

The Drop Stand.

Each pen is built to last generations with sustained use, and maintaining your Lazlo is designed to be simple too. The front of the pen screws off, allowing you to access the refill and replace it from time to time, and the Lazlo is designed to accommodate euro-styled refills too. Whether you choose the brass or aluminum variant, each Lazlo comes with a removable metal clip, making it easy to carry around in your lapel pocket, or you could opt for Makers Cabinet’s leather sheath designed specifically for carrying the Lazlo. If you’re more of the kind of person to keep your pen on a tabletop surface, the designers also offer an exquisite-looking Drop Stand machined from metal too, which lets you dock your Lazlo in a perfectly vertical position, so it’s easy to grab when you want to write, and admire at other times!

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This adorable tissue box turns your tissue papers into tiny icebergs floating on the Arctic ocean!

Designed by Japan-based artist who goes by the name Michiru, this Arctic-inspired tissue box adorably reinterprets tissue papers as floating icebergs!

Quite reminiscent of National Geographic’s June 2018 cover (the one with the plastic bag floating in the ocean, looking like an iceberg), the Iceberg Tissue Box is a transparent blue box with tissues emerging from a slot running across the center (as is with regular tissue boxes). However, the Iceberg Tissue Box reinterprets the tissue paper’s uneven triangular shape as an iceberg adrift on the vast blue crystal clear ocean. What’s even more adorable is the presence of a tiny polar bear hovering on a smaller iceberg right beside it, adding to the ‘aww’ factor of the Iceberg Tissue Box!

It’s unclear if Michiru plans on selling any of his creations (all he has are a Twitter and a YouTube page), although this would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s desk! However, if you’re on the market for a nifty, quirky tissue paper dispenser, this sunrise-inspired napkin box makes for a pretty awe-striking alternative!

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NOMINAL Moon Lander pen is ready to launch your productivity to the next level

Nothing is more inspiring than a tool that represents humanity’s best moments and aspirations.

It’s easy to take a pen for granted until you find yourself forced to use one that doesn’t work or doesn’t feel comfortable to hold. Mass-produced pens have numbed our minds to the joys of holding a well-designed tool, especially one that delights our sense of sight and touch. Fortunately, there is also no shortage of high-quality pens that try to bring back those age-old sensations with a modern touch. And what could be more modern than a pen inspired by a rocket that will take humans to their next frontier, a fitting metaphor for breaking through the barriers of boredom, procrastination, and banality to take off to new heights of creativity and productivity.

Designer: Mercator London

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Nominal, whose name was literally taken from a term used during rocket launches, made a name for itself with a highly successful 2020 run that brought a pen designed to resemble SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9. Inspired by a new collaboration between NASA and SpaceX to bring humans back to the Moon, the new NOMINAL Moon Lander puts a different twist to the “space pen,” allowing your mind and your hands to wander briefly and take part in the history-defining process of launching a rocket into space. Pick up the pen from its base, pop the cap module off, and land the pen’s tip on paper to write your thoughts and tasks down smoothly, unhindered by the weight of poorly-designed pens.

The NOMINAL Moon Lander is striking both in its design and its finish. Its brushed stainless steel body is expertly made from 18 individual CNC-machined parts and conveys both an image of strength and durability. Every part of the pen is meticulously designed, even for the parts you’re unlikely to see or notice. The base, for example, hides 29 recessed dots that represent the 29 raptor engines that will catapult the Super Heavy Starship to space. The pen’s grip has engraved hexagonal patterns, similar to the heatshields used in SpaceX’s rockets.

The pen isn’t just for show, of course, though it definitely stands tall and proud as a desk centerpiece. It is also a sharp tool you can use to wage war on work and todos, especially with the Schmidt P950M Medium Black pressurized refill that was specifically chosen for its smooth-flowing ink at any angle. The base can be easily detached to replace the cartridge when the ink well runs empty. The pen grip’s stainless steel surface is cool to the touch, and the patterns increase the skin’s grip, offering a more pleasant and stress-free writing experience.

NOMINAL Moon Lander Platform – Features a fineprint photograph of the Moon’s surface. It also fits an Apple MagSafe Wireless Charger.

And when the task is written and done, the Moon Lander can find its way back home to the optional Moon Lander Platform, complete with a printed photograph of the Moon’s surface. For those times when the rocket is away, that base can also be a home for your iPhone, especially because it hides a MagSafe charger inside. The base also serves as a fitting home for the cap Capsule Module while the pen is in use, signifying that the work is far from over.

Beautiful in both its construction and its form, the NOMINAL Moon Lander pen tickles one’s fancy and imagination every time it is picked up for what would otherwise be a rote or mundane task. Almost like a challenge to break free from the regularity of everyday life, the SpaceX-inspired pen delivers a tool that is both interesting to look at and even more pleasurable to hold and use, just as a modern pen in the space age should be.

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nuka is a tree-free and unbreakable notebook you can use over and over again

It feels like paper and works like paper, so you won’t believe it’s not really paper.

Paper notebooks haven’t really gone out of fashion despite the prevalence of smartphones, tablets, and computers. In fact, one could even notice that they have become even more popular these days, especially with the popularity of paper-based productivity systems like the Bullet Journal. Paper is ubiquitous, doesn’t require learning to use, and is biodegradable, but it doesn’t mean it has no impact on the environment, especially when there’s too much of them wasted or even unused. There is clearly a need and the market for a more sustainable option, and this innovative twist on the paper notebook, one that you can reuse infinitely and is almost as eternal as the ideas and experiences you will write on it.

Designers: Nikolay Lozinskiy (3D animation & Product Design), O0 design (Branding, 3D animation & Product Design), Evgenija Medvedeva (Product Design), vennndii (Product Shootings)

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There have been a few attempts at a reusable notebook, but they have all had their critical flaws. One requires a microwave to literally nuke the notebook and can only be reused up to five times or so. Another requires a special kind of ink, putting users at the mercy of manufacturers’ whims and bottom lines. nuka resolves all those problems with a very simple design that belies the creativity, imagination, and technology that make this notebook a true marvel.

There are three parts to what makes the nuka notebook tick, and the most important is arguably the notebook itself. Using a special material made of polypropylene, the notebook removes the need to cut down trees to fill up the pages. Thanks to its matte finish and smooth surface, the pages feel just like high-quality paper. Unlike paper, though, it is virtually indestructible. It is tear-resistant and waterproof, which means you can use it in almost any situation where you need to write something down, including in the rain. Those dreams of being able to jot ideas inside the shower can now become a reality.

Completely Rewritable

Cofee-proof

Water-proof

Tear-resistant

Of course, a blank sheet of paper, no matter how beautiful, remains blank until you write something on it. With nuka, you don’t have to use any special ink to leave a mark, and you can even use other kinds of ordinary pens and pencils (with some exceptions). The magic, however, really happens with the Eternal Pencil, a fitting name for a writing tool that doesn’t run out of ink and doesn’t need to be sharpened. Almost like an all-metal version of the Apple Pencil, the Eternal Pencil is a solid and ergonomic rod with a unique metal alloy tip that oxidizes the surface of the Eternal Notebook, creating marks that look like they were made by a regular pencil. You can even press harder to create darker marks, just like a regular pencil.

Last but not least, the Magic Eraser is true to its name and wipes off all traces on the page like magic. It can even erase marks made by other pencils and pens, with gel pens and permanent markers being the lone exceptions. Of course, you’ll want to save your pages first before wiping them down, and the nuka mobile app is the perfect way to capture and store your scribbles and sketches for reference and posterity. The app automatically straightens and cleans up the image to put your content front and center. It can even recognize tasks and schedules on specially-marked pages and add them to the app’s built-in to-do list and calendar app.

Reusable, sustainable, and eternal, the nuka notebook promises stationery that might even outlive you. Best of all, the $59 price tag on an Eternal Notebook, Eternal Pencil, and a bottle of Magic Eraser bundle quickly pays for itself with all the savings from new notebooks, refills, and pencils. Better be quick on those fingers, though, as this $30 discount for Yanko Design readers won’t last long, definitely not as long as the nuka notebook.

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Ten best products that designers swear by

If you have any product designers in your life, then you know that gifting them something is almost always impossible. They usually have everything they need – which basically includes their precious design equipment and gear. But there’s always a product or two on their must-have wish list. They are usually innovative product designs that can really help or support them through their creative process. They add a whole lot of value, and can even make or break their entire design process. And, we’ve curated a whole collection of products that are on every product designer’s secret wish list – making shopping for them a whole lot easier! You can thank us later.

1. Gustav mobile desk caddy

Gustav mobile desk caddy coincides with these foreseen work situations and fits perfectly into anyone’s lifestyle. The accessory is your laptop stand for work from anywhere regime with an organized set of everyday tools to feel right at home.

Why is it noteworthy?

The desk caddy is built in a way to keep the design compact while neatly keeping everything in place. You just have to store things in this caddy and take it anywhere without much fuzz. Then, when you need to have the right ergonomic setup, all you have to do is take out the laptop and phone, place them on the respective stand, and get started seamlessly. The laptop orientation can be toggled, depending on the standing work position or sitting one. Also, things like the pencil stand, portable keyboard, and mouse can be put inside the caddy.

What we like

  • Maintains an ergonomic form factor
  • Lightweight and balanced design

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. The YesWelder Firstess CT2050

Designed to work as a versatile welding machine and even a high-power plasma cutter, the YesWelder Firstess CT2050 is a portable beast that lets you turn your humble garage into a full-fledged workshop.

Why is it noteworthy?

The AC/DC TIG feature instantly allows you to work with a whole catalog of materials. DC TIG provides the perfect environment for welding regular metals like stainless steel but proves to be tricky for Aluminum and Magnesium, causing overheating and blackening. That’s where AC TIG comes in, allowing you to work with softer metals that have oxides on them. This AC TIG feature was made achievable due to the presence of two inverters within the CT2050 that create a bi-directional current that simultaneously breaks the oxides and cuts the metal.

What we like

  • For working with thinner materials, or around corners and trickier spots, the CT2050 has a Pulse TIG setting
  • With both AC and DC settings, pulse also provides welders the flexibility needed for welding corners, pipes, and other hard-to-reach spots for a wide range of materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. V8 Engine block pen holder

The V8 Engine block pen holder is created via a precision-machining process. Depending on your personal aesthetic preference, you can pick a machine finish or a bead-blasted visual. It also features removable pen liners in three sizes-small, medium, and large. This makes sure that all your stationery is securely in place!

Why is it noteworthy?

In a time when work from home has become a norm, and the desks in our home offices are an absolute mess, it’s extremely important to utilize designs that help us organize our desks. The V8 Engine block pen holder does exactly that, but with an innovative twist. It’s a far cry from the standard pen holders we get these days! It features manifold bolt holes, cylinders, bores for fuel intake and exhaust, bores for cam rods, and the crankshaft cavity. Interesting, no?

What we like

  • An innovative twist on an ordinary product
  • Organizes your desk in a fun + functional manner

What we dislike

  • Bulky form

4. The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Concept

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Design

Gerhardt Kellermann and Ana Relvao of RELVAOKELLERMANN understand the need for people to work eight or more hours each day at their desks. There is a call for more ergonomic tables as such help in providing comfort and increasing productivity, especially on hectic days when you are reminded to reduce stress and be mindful of your health. You can get a comfortable and ergonomic chair for proper support, but it won’t matter if your table isn’t of the right height.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk makes an impression with a distinctive silhouette—a wedge-shaped tabletop, a round cable tray, a flat foot, and side brackets that can cover the structure and technology. You can attach other parts like a screening wall to cover your work, a cable tray to hide the cords, and whatever accessories you need to get a job done. Whether seated or standing, you can work with ease, efficiency, speed, and comfort, thanks to the desk’s ergonomics, structure, and durability.

What we like

  • The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk changes its height with a motorized mechanism, making it ideal for modern and industrial offices
  • This sit-and-stand desk could be the perfect solution for your work and physical needs

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. Nominal

Named ‘Nominal’, after the term used during launch when everything is running smoothly and according to plan, this space-inspired pen takes the shape of a miniature moon-lander, in celebration of NASA and SpaceX’s renewed efforts to return to the Moon.

Why is it noteworthy?

Nominal is a space pen with a difference. It isn’t like the space pens from the 90s – now known as gel pens, that can write upside down. This pen literally embodies space, with its launcher-inspired design. Modeled after the Moon Lander that will once again hopefully put humans on our nearest cosmic neighbor, the Nominal Moon Lander pen comes with a sleek, simple design that can rest vertically on any surface.

What we like

  • It weighs 66 grams, making it heavy enough to feel really great in the hand, without being too heavy to become cumbersome

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Japanese paper Memo Block

The Japanese paper Memo Block comes in to provide a temporary shelter for those itinerant thoughts of yours.

Why is it noteworthy?

There is nothing more welcoming and more freeing than a blank sheet of paper that’s ready to record those fleeting thoughts, flashes of inspiration, or even tasks that were suddenly dumped on your lap. With no other markings, not even grids or lines, this white Memo Block lets you focus on the simplest task at hand, jotting that note down before you get distracted again. And with its smaller footprint, it’s easy to put a block of paper anywhere on your desk, in any position or orientation, so that it will always be within easy reach when your Muse or your colleague visits you.

What we like

  • Its pure black surface challenges the mind as if daring it to put an unconventional and exciting new thought on paper
  • Uses high-quality Japanese paper revered by many stationery connoisseurs

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. Rotio

Not too long ago, a budding startup sought to do what very few in multiple disciplines even bothered to think about. The venerable compass has been around for centuries, but it was still the go-to solution for drawing circles, even if that meant putting holes in your paper. The Rotio was born out of the need to protect paper and other materials while still offering the flexibility and convenience of a compass.

Why is it noteworthy?

Instead of a pin that will puncture a hole on a sheet of paper, Rotio has an “eye” that lets you see the center of the circle you want to draw. You simply press down on it to secure it on the paper, fit the tip of the pen or pencil into one of its holes, and then swivel away to your perfect circle. The minimalist metal design of the Rotio also ensured that it would outlive the often flimsy compasses produced for mass consumption.

What we like

  • You don’t have to settle for fixed points and even draw sizes in between those marks
  • Features a spring-loaded brass button for its centering

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. COMM

COMM Color Options

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

COMM offers a touchscreen display that shows the different functions. The main functions are as follows: sharing information, reporting, expression of emotions, mutual understanding, and idea suggestions. Your home work environment can “feel” more like a real office with this simple device designed by South Korean designed Eunjeong with Fountain Studio.

Why is it noteworthy?

You can update your computer or maybe by a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace. The goal should always be speed and efficiency when it comes to working so in the area of communication, you must find a better way how to send messages across to a different party. The COMM is a concept device that can help people communicate from home. It’s a simpler way to send and receive messages, give feedback, and deliver what needs to be done. The result is increased work efficiency, especially with the angled screen for more comfortable viewing when sitting down.

What we like

  • Helps improve creativity and productivity by showing the information you need sans any distraction
  • Better than a smartphone or tablet, as it eliminates the temptation to check other apps

What we dislike

  • Limited compared to face-to-face communication, but still not too bad!

What do you think?

9. Modified 3D Printer

A lesser-known YouTuber who goes by the name of filmpjeslader has somehow modded his Prusa i3 to allow it to print in color. The rather complicated modification has a pretty simple purpose – after every layer that the 3D printer prints, the inkjet head adds a layer of color, creating effectively a colored 3D model at the end of the print. It’s sheer genius, and even though the results are less-than-perfect, there’s something very elegant about the idea behind it.

Why is it noteworthy?

A regular printer prints on a flat surface. However, stack multiple flat surfaces upon each other and you’ve got yourself a 3D surface… so why not apply that logic to 3D printing? filmpjeslader’s clever solution does just that! His modification adds a separate color-printing head to the Prusa i3 3D printer.

What we like

  • Creates a ‘sandwich’ of plastic and CMYK-based inks to create a nifty 3D model

What we dislike

  • The practice is limited to clear PLA only, and the layer thickness has to be a carefully calibrated minimum
  • The water-soluble inks from the inkjet printer are transparent too (just like the plastic), which means the result looks translucent and cloudy, instead of opaque

10. The Mover Erase Combo

Reusable like a whiteboard, portable and sticky like a Post-it, the Mover Erase brings one of the workplace’s most effective features to your WFH setup. The Mover Erase turns the whiteboard into a portable setup that you can carry around with you because productivity shouldn’t be limited to a ‘place’.

Why is it noteworthy?

At the heart of this system is the individual Mover Erase tile, a small rectangular element that you can write/doodle on and stick anywhere. Unlike a whiteboard, where you can’t really rearrange stuff that’s written, the Mover Erase’s tile-based system meant you could move blocks around, shifting ideas from one column to another… and unlike Post-its, the Mover Erase tiles were infinitely reusable, with each reusable tile saving nearly 10,000 sheets of paper. The Mover Erase Combo comes along with a magnetic folio case that’s best described as your portable whiteboard. Available in two sizes (a smaller MoverPad and a larger MoverBook), the folio acts as a central system for organizing, ideating, and processing.

What we like

  • They say the average human uses 700 pounds of paper each year. The Mover Erase Combo drastically reduces that footprint.
  • Extremely portable design
  • Works incredibly well for people with ADHD

What we dislike

  • The reusable tiles are easy to lose!

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Inder Copper Pen beautifully ages for a look that is uniquely yours

The Inder Pen The Copper Collection

Copper is a natural element often ignored whenever gold and silver are the other available options. Not many people realize this, but copper is also unique like those two precious metals commonly used in making jewelry and coins. It is a good heat and electricity conductor, which is why it is used in electronics such as motors and wirings. Copper is also strong and pliable, making it a perfect material for crafting different mundane but very useful objects. The element actually extends even beyond the physical properties as it can also be vital to one’s health and diet. As an ideal example of those characteristics, there is a copper fountain pen ready to offer sophistication while functioning as a pen for whatever your writing needs are.

Designer: Rakha Singh

The Inder Pen Copper Pen

The Inder Pen Copper Pen

Rakha Singh specially designs the Inder Pen as a beautiful, elegant, and slim pen that appears minimalist sans any logo or clip. It doesn’t have an embellishment you would typically find on expensive pens. This thing comes in copper, giving a look and feel some warmth, especially when touched. Copper as a material gets beautiful with age, developing patina in either turquoise or deep charcoal which means the shade will be unique for every user. You can also choose for the fountain pen to get some polishing into something with a more excellent, shiny finish. The Inder Pen boasts an untreated copper surface, but the patina changing over time can give it a look that is uniquely yours. The copper pen is also low-maintenance as you can use lemon or vinegar to clean the surface.

The copper Inder Pen can grow with you, that is if you don’t carelessly misplace the pen as any of your other pens. Hopefully, the novelty of the pen and the price will make you more conscious and protective of your stuff. Anything from the Copper Collection can be powerful with its ability to kill 99.9%  of bacteria in about a couple of hours. Now that’s something that may be really helpful these days, especially since the pandemic isn’t over yet.

The Inder Pen The Copper Collection

Anything that would offer peace of mind, at least for a while, is very much welcome on our radar. It may be perfect for people working in sensitive environments like a clinic, hospital, or just about anywhere where sanitation is just as important as air. The designer Singh said: “Copper kills bacteria, yeasts, and viruses on contact and retains this property even after being wiped down, making it ideal for those working in sensitive environments.”

The Inder Pen Copper Pen

Copper is now widely used in art and architecture; that is why we see it more directly in homes and offices. The choice to utilize copper is to make a pen that is beautifully handcrafted from a solid rod of copper with quality and purity. It is actually carved, so you know there is much effort put into one pen alone. The design is sophisticated and yet is created with durability in mind. It can be that one pen you can use forever, not only for how it looks but because it can really stand the test of time. It can be suitable for either light or heavy-duty work because it doesn’t have anything in the design that makes it complicated to understand.

The Inder Pen The Copper Collection

The Inder Copper Pen is just a fountain pen, but it is an incredible choice because it glides on any paper. It allows you to perfectly create letters on a surface with minimum effort and perfect balance. It has a cap that screws for a more effortless opening. The European cartridges are black or blue like regular writing pens, and it has the internal standard pen converter that may help with bottled ink use. A coppery-brown ink cartridge also comes with each order of The Inder Pen to complete the “copperness” of the product.

The Inder Copper Pen part of The Copper Collection by the designer is made by hand and crafted from solid copper. You only need to polish the fountain pen with cloth or wax as the latter may minimize oxidization. It happens naturally, but it’s what makes the copper pen unique; just make sure you’re keeping it away from anything that may harm the material like water, cream, or perfume.

The Inder Pen Copper Collection Case

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Curva Pen is designed to get you hooked into loving writing again

You don’t have to suffer through the pain of using a common pen when you can have one that is designed to curve to your needs.

Pens come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and purposes, with some being minimalist beauties while others are sophisticated tools. Despite all those differences, the basic design of the pen has remained the same through the centuries, a design that seemingly favors people who write with their right hands. Even then, however, both left-handed and right-handed writers have suffered smudges and blotches, both on paper and on their hands. Redesigning the faithful wordsmith’s tool is long overdue, and one bold creator may have finally broken the code by turning the tip of the pen into something that is as smooth as its curves.

Designer/Inventor: Clarence Parker

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The moment you take off its cap, it is immediately evident that Curva Pen isn’t your typical ink pen and that it has an interesting story to tell. The unconventional hook-like shape of its nib might raise eyebrows, but its patented design was carefully thought out to solve two of the biggest problems with pens. More often than not, your fingers and hands block what you’re writing, especially if you’re a leftie that has to push the pen rather than pull like what right-handed people do. This makes not just writing but also drawing more cumbersome and more frustrating for some people, denying them the pleasure and the liberating experience of putting their thoughts down on paper clearly.

With its curved nib, this pen can be angled and directed any which way, giving writers the freedom and the joy of writing to the left, to the right, or even downward. In fact, Curva Pen isn’t just for writing, artists and designers will love using it just as much. Nothing inspires creativity more than a cool new tool that tickles and excites the mind to think outside the box, which is exactly what this Curva Pen represents.

Right-handed individuals looking for a more efficient way of writing.

Left-handed individuals who desire enhanced visibility and accuracy.

Designers, Artists and illustrators desire superior comfort and control at all angles.

It isn’t just the shape of the nib that’s special, though. Working together with the nib’s unique design, the high-quality quick-drying ink flows smoothly and evenly out of its tip, preventing ink from pooling and smudging even when you brush your palm against it. It doesn’t clog inside the pen either, so you get a smooth writing experience that Curva Pen’s distinctive shape tries to visualize. It’s like the smooth curve of a blade or harvesting tool that cuts through the task of writing like hot knife through butter.

There have been countless attempts at inventing new types of ink that won’t smudge or designing ink dispensing mechanisms that let the liquid flow like a gentle river, all in an attempt to improve the writing and drafting experience. Very few, however, have tried to address the pain of left-handed people in dealing with yet another reminder of how many products aren’t designed for them. It’s both curious and amazing that the answer would actually lie in the most unexpected design, one that attacks the problem right at the nib.

Best of all, you won’t even have to break your bank account to get your hands on this innovation, as a single pack of two Curva Pens, in either black or beige, will only cost you $25. That’s a tiny price to pay for the joy and peace of mind of a cleanly written out letter or a smudge-less drawing, turning writing into what it’s really supposed to be: a joyful endeavor.

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Top 10 ultimate accessories for your work from home desk

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In 2020 our lives changed completely, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed what was considered the ‘norm’, and created new norms that molded the way we lived. One of these new norms is the work-from-home culture, and it has continued well into 2022. We’ve been working from our homes for almost a year now, and although we have adapted to it, it can be quite a bore at times. I, for one, am always looking out for options and ways to spice up my work-from-home routine. And I’ve found that adding new products to my desk setup can amp my productivity immensely! The desk accessories you place on your desk are an integral part of your home office. From a desk microphone that makes it painfully clear whether you’re muted or not to an astral desk clock – here’s a collection of interesting, super functional, and productivity-enhancing desk accessories that promise to be the best work-from-home investments of 2022!

1. COMM

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

COMM for Work From Home Design Details

COMM offers a touchscreen display that shows the different functions. The main functions are as follows: sharing information, reporting, expression of emotions, mutual understanding, and idea suggestions. Your home work environment can “feel” more like a real office with this simple device designed by South Korean designed Eunjeong with Fountain Studio.

Why is it noteworthy?

You can update your computer or maybe by a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace. The goal should always be speed and efficiency when it comes to working so in the area of communication, you must find a better way how to send messages across to a different party. The COMM is a concept device that can help people communicate from home. It’s a simpler way to send and receive messages, give feedback, and deliver what needs to be done. The result is increased work efficiency, especially with the angled screen for more comfortable viewing when sitting down.

What we like

  • Helps improve creativity and productivity by showing the information you need sans any distraction
  • Better than a smartphone or tablet, as it eliminates the temptation to check other apps

What we dislike

  • Limited compared to face-to-face communication, but still not too bad!

What do you think?

2. The Voice Bar Microphone

The Voice Bar Microphone, which is a standalone desk mic, makes it clear which state your microphone is in by showing it in a physical form. The towering peripheral has a swiveling bar in front that indicates whether it’s muted or not with its orientation. When it is horizontal and shows the mic icon, it is clear that it is listening to your voice and the sounds around you. Swing it vertically, and all bets are off.

Why is it noteworthy?

The mic requires you to actually turn the bar to mute or unmute the mic. In fact, the peripheral has a very analog bent to it. The volume control is an old-school knob you have to turn, which could have been implemented as a simple touch-sensitive panel you can swipe. It does give a more classical vibe to the device. In its muted vertical position, the voice bar even looks like an old telephone handset with its angled edges.

What we like

  • Makes it clear which state your microphone is in by showing it in a physical form
  • Sleek + slick form

What we dislike

  • The design isn’t exactly geared towards taking advantage of acoustics the way professional mics are

3. Astral Desk Clock

Intricate clock designs never cease to amaze us with their unimaginable accurate movement and millimeter precision in component design. Combine that with a cool idea or philosophy binding generations light-years apart, and you get a niche clock design. Add to the mix a bit of auditory and visual brilliance, and the final product is an avant-garde creation any clockmaking genius would be proud of.

Why is it noteworthy?

This concept timepiece crafted by Naotou Aji encapsulates the galaxy system in its cyclical movement – represented by the spirals that zoom out like the lens of a DSLR camera. Each level of outwards spiral movement displays the current hours, minutes, and seconds respectively, in a counter-like style that can only be visible when viewed from an angle. On the adjacent side, similar spiral hugs the audio driver covered by the brass material which beams sound, and the concentric circles move to the tunes like never seen before.

What we like

The main theme of the clock is the galaxy system

It is all about experiencing the passing by of time in a visual and auditory bliss

What we dislike

The designer mentions that this clock is not about accurate timekeeping

4. The Holder Desk Lamp

How about sporting a cool desk lamp that performs double duty as a book/document holder and a magnetic pin-up board to keep all your important reminders within your peripheral view?

Why is it noteworthy?

As I explored more renders of this design it started to grow on me – thanks to its useful functionality, sans any complicated design blueprints that seem infeasible to craft in real life. The idea of this desk lamp is to extend the usability of the good old desk lamp just beyond beaming soft light onto the desk’s work area. That’s because, you won’t be using the desk light at all times, and to make better use of the accessory, a book holder and a rotating magnetic pin-up board are incorporated into the product.

What we like

  • Holds all your books, journals, and important files in an organized manner
  • The inside lining of the book holder section has a dotted texture to keep all the important stuff in place

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. Nominal

Named ‘Nominal’, after the term used during launch when everything is running smoothly and according to plan, this space-inspired pen takes the shape of a miniature moon-lander, in celebration of NASA and SpaceX’s renewed efforts to return to the Moon.

Why is it noteworthy?

Nominal is a space pen with a difference. It isn’t like the space pens from the 90s – now known as gel pens, that can write upside down. This pen literally embodies space, with its launcher-inspired design. Modeled after the Moon Lander that will once again hopefully put humans on our nearest cosmic neighbor, the Nominal Moon Lander pen comes with a sleek, simple design that can rest vertically on any surface.

What we like

  • It weighs 66 grams, making it heavy enough to feel really great in the hand, without being too heavy to become cumbersome

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Quick-Access Organizer

More often than not, the reason why we lose keys, glasses, or even wallets, is because we misplace them by just placing them anywhere when we take them out of our pockets. We develop that bad habit because it sometimes takes too much work to actually drop them in proper storage, like a desk or shelf organizer, partly because the storage box itself doesn’t make it easy to use it. Having to think which item goes where can be a mental burden when it has to be done multiple times a day, and the seconds you lose opening and closing most boxes add up over time.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Quick-Access Organizer tries to smooth out by making the act of organizing your everyday carry tools as effortless as possible. The lid has sections that can fit only some kinds of objects. This makes it easier to know what to put there, so you won’t have to waste precious time making that decision every time. Pretty soon, it will be second nature to put your glasses, AirPods case, or keys in those sections, so they won’t have to end up lost in uncharted territory ever

again.

What we like

  • The box’s real special talent is how that lid quickly and effortlessly swivels out of the way, revealing the spacious cavern inside
  • This storage box is a minimalist beauty of contrasting and complementing elements

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Spotify Jukebox

While Spotify rules the roost in the audio streaming service market, there’s a compelling reason for the Stockholm-based giant to foray into its own tangible product. A jukebox or a compact audio player is a custom fit for the Spotify interface. Match that with the sublime audio quality – preferably with spatial audio software – and there’s going to be a further increase in the subscriber base in the coming years.

Why is it noteworthy?

This cool jukebox concept dubbed the Spotify Jukebox (or as I like to call it – the Juketify) carries the familiar theme of the audio streaming service’s branding. The light green and black color to be precise. To pep-up things, there is optional light green and off-white color theme as well. The gadget has a modern infusion of the curved display element and the classic radio vibe in the form of the knobs and buttons on top.

What we like

  • The lyrics appear on the major portion of the screen, so you can sing the song along to satiate your karaoke cravings every now and then
  • Fits perfectly on your desk!

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

8. The Hand Desk Mic

Hand Desk Microphone

Hand Desk Mic Design

Enough pretending that your roller hairbrush is a mic when you can have a real one. But hey, the classic microphone design may be intimidating but not this Hand Desk Mic.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Hand Desk Mic is designed for fun. You can say it’s a novelty item that can make things at home or in the office more fun and exciting. It is shaped like a hairbrush with its thick head. There are horizontal slots The part where you hold the mic is where you can also find the record button and a knob for volume control and power.

What we like

  • Fun to hold
  • Minimal + clean design

What we dislike

  • More fun than functional

9. The HMM Scissors

Our workspaces are often littered with two kinds of things. On the one hand, you have tools designed to accomplish a task. On the other hand, you have decorative items designed to please the senses. Of course, there are now stationary and desk tools that are designed to hit two birds with one stone, especially those that embrace minimalist aesthetics that fit well in almost any situation. These scissors from popular brand HMM are designed to bridge those two worlds together, offering a tool that not only creates a sense of wonder but also inspires confidence in every snip.

Why is it noteworthy?

Just as with the tools mentioned above, scissors often come in two classes. One type is clearly designed for cutting away at your problems, while another type almost looks too pretty to be used. The HMM Scissors is definitely not the latter, with an aesthetic that clearly exudes its power. The wide and flat blades are almost reminiscent of industrial tools, and its black Japanese steel body gives off an aura of strength and durability.

What we like

  • Flip the scissors and hold it by the blades, and you instantly have a box cutter
  • A custom-made magnet lets the scissors stand upright with its sharp tip safely hidden inside the base

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Keychron Q3

Unlike your typical keyboard, however, the Keychron Q3 can almost be considered a work of art as well. That is thanks to its all-metal body, specifically 6063 aluminum that is CNC machined, anodized, sandblasted, and more. And in case you were worrying about the noise, Keychron took special care that the metal body wouldn’t make you the most unpopular person in the room.

Why is it noteworthy?

Even though there is still plenty of plastics used here, the aluminum body and the customization options make this keyboard a bit more sustainable than most of its peers. The body itself will last a long, long time and can be recycled when its end of life does arrive. But since the other parts can also easily be replaced, it will take an even longer time before it has to be retired from service in the first place.

What we like

  • There’s even a physical knob that can be mapped to changing the volume to changing brush size
  • The design ditches the extraneous numpad

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This cubic Japanese memo pad is the perfect platform to unleash your creativity on

All of us experience distractions at one time or another, sometimes even more than we can actually handle. Some of those distractions come from external sources, like a co-worker dropping by to have a word. Other times, we are betrayed by our own brains that try to push ideas to the forefront when we don’t need them yet. In both cases, the simplest and most effective way to get back into the zone is to write down whatever comes to mind or to our attention the moment it arrives. That would, of course, presuppose that you have something to write those thoughts on, something you’ll be sure to be able to retrieve later on when you do need those ideas. That’s where this beautifully minimalist Japanese paper Memo Block comes in, providing a temporary shelter for those itinerant thoughts of yours.

Designer: Tenkei Project for Ito Bindery

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In an age where a smartphone is almost always nearby, some might brush off the need for a dedicated paper pad to write things down in a snap. Given how most phones work, however, it takes more than just a few seconds to unlock the phone and get to your favorite note-taking app. Your computer might not even be available at that moment, so typing it out might not work either. Both devices also offer plenty of distractions, and you might find yourself getting sidetracked by other thoughts even before you could type the first one. In both cases, the best solution is one that has existed for centuries and has almost no opportunity to get in your way.

There is nothing more welcoming and more freeing than a blank sheet of paper that’s ready to record those fleeting thoughts, flashes of inspiration, or even tasks that were suddenly dumped on your lap. With no other markings, not even grids or lines, this white Memo Block lets you focus on the simplest task at hand, jotting that note down before you get distracted again. And with its smaller footprint, it’s easy to put a block of paper anywhere on your desk, in any position or orientation, so that it will always be within easy reach when your Muse or your colleague visits you.

The Memo Block Black has the same properties but adds a little extra, especially for creatives. Its pure black surface challenges the mind as if daring it to put an unconventional and exciting new thought on paper. It also adds a bit of flair to your notes, too, since you’ll be using ink that’s quite different from the one you use for mundane writing. Plus, the memo pad itself radiates personality, defying the usual conventions of memo blocks that come in white or bright colors.

Both white and black Memo Blocks use high-quality Japanese paper revered by many stationery connoisseurs. Its smooth texture and durability generate both comfort as well as confidence in use, transforming the act of writing from something mechanical to something enjoyable and almost meditative. The recycled cardboard base offers a pleasant contrast to the paper’s colors and brings stability to the pad so it won’t be sliding around when you write on it. A perfect companion to our Japanese Drawing Pad, this Memo Block will look at home on any desk while also giving a temporary home to those transient notes.

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