Desktop organizers — pencil cups, trays, staplers, tape dispensers — aren’t there just to help you work better or faster. They also represent an opportunity to bring a little everyday joy to your work space.
“I’m at my desk so much, I like it to be a collection of favorite things — things that I find beautiful,” said the interior designer Thomas O’Brien, whose latest book, “Thomas O’Brien: Library House,” due out next month from Abrams, has a photo of an artfully arranged desk at his home in Bellport, N.Y., on the cover.
Mr. O’Brien prefers accessorizing his work space with an eclectic collection of pieces rather than using a matching desk set, and he frequently employs things that weren’t necessarily designed for a desk: a vintage glass goblet serves as a pencil holder; a decorative bowl contains binder clips.
“It’s definitely about the mix of old and new,” he said, “and having different things with different materials.”
Concrete Tape Dispenser
Small cast-concrete dispenser by Magnus Pettersen
$20 at Areaware: 800-783-5683 or areaware.com
Brass Pencil Holder
Multilevel pencil holder from Ferm Living
$99 at Danish Design Store: 877-787-0032 or danishdesignstore.com
Canaan Tall Bowl
Small bowl of black and white marble
$198 at Jonathan Adler: 800-963-0891 or jonathanadler.com
See-through stapler with brass-colored center
$26 at Poketo: 213-537-0751 or poketo.com