August 16th, 2012
Even though our back-to-school days are (long) behind us, we still love splurging on new office gear to put us into work mode.
Staple away with this slick, modern Buro stapler from Lexon. Even the most paper-free office will appreciate this stylish desk topper. $35 at Orling & Wu, 28 Water St., Vancouver, 604-568-671, www.orlingandwu.com
Recharge with this ProLine Universal Portable Power Bank, which works for all cell phones, and can charge an iPhone 4 three and a half times, or an iPad up to 70 per cent. This is far chicer than a lumpy power cable, and works on several of our devices. From $39.99 at Future Shop.
Light up your workspace with these stylish Anglepoise table lamps. Great for brightening up a workspace late into the night, or (even better) lighting the pages of the great book you’d rather be curling up with. From $340 at Provide, 529 Beatty St., Vancouver, 604-632-0095, http://providehome.com
Keep track with this paper mouse pad from Knock Knock, which doubles as work week calendar and to-do list. Despite our handy digital calendars and reminders, there’s something very satisfying about putting pen to paper. 5 Days a Week Paper Mousepad, $12.99 at Room in Order, 1055 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-684-8884, www.roominorder.com
Store it all in these Ikea PS 2012 multicoloured storage boxes, which can be wall-mounted or stand on a flat surface. We’ll be stacking them to make pretty colour combinations and filling them with lovely office supplies, not only useful but a great procrastination activity. Organizing is work though, isn’t it? Set of 4, $49.99 at Ikea, 3320 Jacombs Rd. , Richmond, 1-866-866-4532, www.ikea.ca
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
March 18th, 2011
Forget the Swiss Army knife. If you want one handy piece with a million uses, look to the new textiles Kristine Mandsberg designed for IKEA.
They’re so boho-beautiful, we’re envisioning them draped over picnic tables at backyard garden parties, worn as sarongs on the beach and spread as blankets at outdoor festivals. They even have us considering adding some colour to our window coverings, sewing custom pillow cases, or stretching them over old cork boards (we’d do anything to make organization more enticing).
Now that's what we call multitasking. —KD