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The best kind of upper management

TLD Desk

Outside of your bed, couch and maybe the john, too, there’s a good chance that most of your time at home is spent at a desk. The trouble is, it’s extremely difficult to find a dependable and good-looking work station at a reasonable price. Those items sold at big box retailers that eventually become a…

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The house that Frank built, only smaller

Lego Architecture Series Robie House

On a recent visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, we got to appreciate the iconically designed home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. We figured we’d visit on a daily basis with the new, albeit slightly smaller LEGO Architecture Series Robie House. Showcasing Wright’s simple prairie style, the Robie House contains no fewer than 2,276…

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Save yourself some pain in the ass

Focal Locus Workstation

Henry David Thoreau, in his famous work Walking, writes that when he thinks of those who work indoors all day sitting, “as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon… they deserve some credit for not having committed suicide long ago.” Thoreau’s words don’t bode well for cubicle-dwellers…

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Noodler’s Inks

Calligraphy is big business. It’s also manly. Has it been hijacked by the fairer sex? For the time being, perhaps, but that doesn’t mean ol’ John Hancock wasn’t afraid to whip out his quill and nib/feed combination when the right cellulose paper called for it. Are you better than John Hancock? We didn’t think so,…

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Just as bright, without the white

IdeaPaint CLEAR

IdeaPaint, creators of the brilliant whiteboard-anywhere technology have now concocted a new iteration that looks even better: IdeaPaint CLEAR ($225+). Brace yourself, doodlers, because now you can turn any surface, of any color into a writing station. Specifically, CLEAR is a certified low-emission and LEED-compliant finish that goes over any interior paint (or wood) to…

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Indulging your work addiction

Crate & Barrel Reese Tobacco Compact Office

Nobody wants to bring work home, unless of course, you’re one of the fortunate souls earning doubloons as model photographer, single malt critic, or Jennifer Aniston’s brassiere fitter. But when it just can’t be helped Crate & Barrel’s Reese Tobacco Compact Office ($480) offers a minimalist solution that trumps working on the kitchen table. Most…

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Saturdays at the office never looked better

Modernus Curved Frameless Glass Office System

Had Mr. Anderson been working in an office setup like the Modernus Curved Frameless Glass Office System, he might never have left the Matrix. And we can’t blame him. Based in California, Modernus is best known for its line of Italian-made, high-end contemporary doors. To that success, they have ventured into the often-staid field of…

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Shred all you want, but skip the jam session

Fellowes 79Ci Paper Shredder

Let’s not pretend…shredding paper is not something most of us anxiously anticipate. The only thing that can make such a menial task worse is when the office shredder (circa 1970’s and looking much like a poor-man’s R2D2) can only handle 2 sheets a minute and still jams up. The Fellowes 79Ci Paper Shredder eliminates such…

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Measure twice, write once

Cleo Skribent Messograf Caliper Pen

Although we’re Web guys at heart, there’s something to be said for a quality pen. And when that pen is crafted from chromium plated brass and includes a caliper ruler, standard ruler, thread scale and tire tread gauge, all the better. The German-made Cleo Skribent Messograf Caliper Pen ($28) combines form and function for a…

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Fake it 'til you make it

Loft Resumes

For those who have spent any amount of time under the tutelage of a b-school prof, you know that, in their eyes, dressing up your resume is tantamount to suicide. However, it’s 2012 and the job market isn’t exactly ushering people in the front door. In today’s dog-eat-dog world, you’ve got to stand out, which…

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Penmanship at its deadliest

Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen with Fire Striker

It’s easy to think that all pens are the same, until you come across Smith & Wesson’s Tactical Pen with Fire Striker ($40). This discreet weapon of “math” destruction uses common replaceable Parker or Houser ball point ink cartridges for civilized affairs. Should disaster strike, though, the 6.1″ 6061 hard anodize aluminum casing can serve…

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Your grind, designed

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler Letterpress Poster by Joey Roth

James Brown accurately described hustle with his 1970s funk hit, “Get Up”. It was music, but it was also gospel for Brown, who holds the record for having the most charted Billboard Hot 100 singles, yet never reached number one. You’re probably wondering what that has to do with letterpress poster art. Well, we think…

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Rhodia Meeting Book

Be it note pads, pocket notebooks, planners, etc., Rhodia not only produces some of the nicer writing materials you can get your hands on. Each one filled with heavyweight paper that’s a pleasure to write on, and more importantly provides the hated “bleed through”, a mortal sin in our fountain pen loving minds. And while…

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Always Analog

Pelle Leather Journal

The Pelle Leather Journal ($30) is another worthy addition to your analog record keeping repertoire. Inspired by the hard to find and broadly loved Midori Traveler’s Notebook, it features a sturdy leather cover with elastic retainer band and the ability to hold up to three different notebooks in one cover. The covers are made in the…

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There's an artisan for that

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

We have a hefty amount of respect for good writing instruments here at Gear Patrol. The No. 2 pencil holds a place near and dear to our hearts (nod to the Dixon Ticonderoga) both for its functional excellence and standardized testing nostalgia — fact: there are now three sections to the SAT’s. So, when we…

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Inspected By...

Cranky Pressman Inspector Stamp

Business cards? Good. Letterpress? Better. Custom inspector stamps? Awesome. Put your 3/4″ mark on the world, or anywhere you can tromp your seal onto with a custom Cranky Pressman Inspector Stamp ($23). Small enough to tag along with your keys use the stamp to place your signature, artwork, or any other custom demarcation (we like:…

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Distinctive task master

Postalco Pressed Cotton Calendar

In the age of cloud syncing, location aware reminders, and über productivity apps, it’s easy to dismiss physical calendars as vestiges of the stone age. We embrace the convenience of a digital life as much as the next person, but that will never overshadow our fondness for finely crafted accessories like the Postalco Pressed Cotton…

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A lamp for a lifetime

CSYS LED Task Light by Jake Dyson

Any stylish LED desk lamp will dwarf their standard incandescent compadres in terms of energy efficiency. Jake Dyson’s CSYS LED task light (~$850) nearly triples the average life time of other LED bulbs though by reducing the wear and tear that normally comes from overheating. Using heat pipe technology originally developed for satellites and computing,…

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Just don't call it a pencil

E+M Workman Pocket Clutch Lead Holders

Though far and few in today’s writing supply, the Lead Holder used to be a widely used instrument with hundreds of variants. Each refillable tool was built with a variety of loading and holding mechanisms, sizes, and applications for everyone from the draftsman to the artist. One characteristic they all shared though was their intended…

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Magazin Secretary Flatmate

The Magazin Secretary Flatmate has all of the qualities we expect from great German design. It’s sleek, functional and backhands your wallet with authority. Fully expanded, the modern secretary provides a 28 x 16.5-inch work space, capable of easily accommodating a 17-inch laptop, along with other peripheral gadgets like an iPad on the included powder…

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Bundle Up

Poppin Well-Appointed Desk Set

In the digital age, the analog markers of a thoughtful desk are disappearing faster than our hopes for a 2011-2012 NBA season. Call us old fashioned, but we still find value in having our work stations stand out from the pack of brushed aluminum and little white cords. If you’re a kindred spirit in that…

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Caran D’Ache Silver Metal Ballpoint Pen

Qualities we like in our writing instruments: weight, simplicity, and crisp writing lines. Caran d’Ache, who you boligrafo boffins might know from their mind-bogglingly expensive bejeweled implements may not be the first you’d go to for a first class jotter, but the Swiss brand also creates refreshingly simple writing instruments. The Caran D’Ache Silver Metal…

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Office Gym

The Origin Workstation by Mirato

The Origin Workstation ($4,160) is the kind of office furniture you’d expect to find in the shiny new digs of a silicon valley startup. Weighing in at 250 pounds a pop, each piece is made from reclaimed gym flooring that showcases the original sport lines and features eight below surface storage shelves for organizing office…

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Born to be Styled

Fashionary Menswear Sketchbook

Whether your brewing aspirations of becoming the next Billy Reid are spilling over to bar napkins or you simply like the idea of sketching out the clothes you might want to wear or mod, we can’t think of a better, or cooler place to start compiling your ideas than the Fashionary Menswear Sketchbook ($24). The…

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Grids + Lines + Leather

Doane Paper Leather Works

First came paper with lines and grids. Now Doane Paper has doled out a new trio of hand-crafted leather goods for you traditional scribes. Shrouded in genuine Horween Chromexcel leather, DP Leather Works come in three offerings: 4 Barrel Pen Holster, Flap Jotter Cover, or Notebook Cover. All less than $70. Each are crafted in…

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Orson Well

Orson Desk by Matthew Hilton

With a heartbreaking price you might be tempted to immediately look past the 365 Orson Desk ($3,845), but give it a few more seconds and you’ll immediately see that its hand-finished American Black Walnut and seasoned cast iron construction make this one ravishing lectern. But designer Matthew Hilton didn’t just create this as an exercise…

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Basecamp for the Workaholic

Herman Miller Envelop

We don’t know about you, but we’d be hard pressed to find anyone who works just 40 hours anymore and if you’re like us then a solid chunk of those hours are firmly planted behind a desk. Good thing, the ergonomic aces at Herman Miller have developed a fatigue-reducing, posture-saving solution: the Envelop Desk ($960)….

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Because square yellow pads don't cut it

Desk-It Notepad

If you’re as tired of Outlook and Gmail pop-up notifications as we are then you’ll appreciate the refreshingly simple Desk-it ($10). The 7-day notepad is a simple, honest technique for keeping the week’s to-do’s organized. Keep it near your keyboard for a visible reminder of what’s next on the docket — and as much as…

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Pioneers of American Industrial Design Forever Stamps

Honoring 12 of America’s most influential industrial designers, the Pioneers of American Industrial Design Forever Stamps ($5) were reason enough for us to make a beeline to the nearest post office today to pick up a few sheets (one to tuck away for an heirloom, of course). Released on June 29, each Forever Stamp highlights…

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Enduring Blotter

Basecamp X Legacy Journal

No man is complete without a journal in which to scribe his ponderings and diatribes, but raiding the office supply closet for a generic Mead notepad doesn’t cut it. Made completely by hand, the BCX Legacy Journal ($107) is the latest timeless creation from Basecamp X and comprised of thick, oiled leather, hand-stitched using waxed…