20 Below: Tunell Tissue Box

Malko Takagaki’s Tunell tissue box is functional and simply sleek.

Tunell tissue box, $14.95 (on sale), MOMA


The Friday Five: Offices

I know it’s Friday and the last thing many of us want to do is to think about the office but trust me when I tell you that the offices I have featured below are worth your time (and stares). While they are quite different in style an aesthetic, each office is pleasing because of the minimalist (and complimentary) colour schemes, interesting textures and forms, and unique architectural details.

I’m taking you to office spaces around the world today beginning with a room of contrasts which includes the sleek Air Desk from Chicago-based Casa Spazio. Next is the minimalist black and white office area designed by Morpho Studio in Poland. The final three spaces, created by Brazilian designer Maristela Gorayeb, showcase amazing collections of books and artifacts in a pleasing and inviting way.

Casa Spazio via Escapade

apartment in Krakow, Poland; designed by Morpho Studio

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

interior design by Maristela Gorayeb, via Desire to Inspire

Happy Friday!


Marketplace: Popsicle Paperweight

This one won’t melt…

marble and chromed brass paperweight, 40 Euro, Greece is for Lovers


A ruler among us

Since discovering earlier that Jordana has not one but six rulers, I thought I should share & show my own special ruler.

I, too, have more than one ruler but you’ll understand why this one is still kicking around: it’s a three-sided drafting ruler that belonged to my geologist dad. I inherited it since he no longer needs it (he no longers drafts but still has the drafting table… ahem office supplies hoarding, dad!) and as much as it is mildly confusing (to me) I can’t help but like its specificity and said handiness.

Ta-da! My ruler. I know, eh? It looks nothing like a ruler.

Now you get a better sense of it

The drafting ruler is made by Faber-Castell; the model number is indicated

and when I searched online I discovered that there are Faber-Castell

vintage drafting rulers for sale on Ebay! Who would have thought-? Mine is

definitely vintage but certainly not a fancy one

What makes this ruler special is that there are various ratio measurements

all along each side. So if you’re in school and you use the wrong side

to measure your algebra shapes you can kiss those homework marks goodbye.

You’ll find that each side offers two different sets of ratios running in the opposite

direction along the length, so there are six measurement scales in total (fyi)

I also like that the three colours along the sides are different:

red, forest green and black

Images courtesy of me.


The Friday Five: Home Office Storage

Okay – I’m going a little crazy in my home office ever since I had to move out of my work office earlier this week. I had to move all of my books and files home and the chaos is making me nuts! I have a lot of books and files – as do most people in the academic world – and finding room for them in my home office (so thankful I have one!) is harder than I thought. As a result, I’m not being as productive with my organization as I’d like to be. And in the midst of all my reorganization I get mad at myself for (a) having too much stuff and (b) not being able to find a spot for it all in my 1200sq foot apartment. (Honestly – how do New Yorkers do it!?)

So here’s a peek at what I’ve got so far…

In one desk drawer I have my supplies organized in this handy drawer divider. I’ve used mini clear plastic bags to organize little items like band-aids, file labels, and batteries.

In the office closet I have stacked these clear plastic bins to organize everything from office supplies (how many supplies does one girl need?) to books to Christmas decorations to picture frames (Does anyone want small picture frames? I have a bin of them!). Everything is labelled because (a) it looks organized and (b) I love my label maker.

I only have a long two drawer filing cabinet (that I painted white, of course). I think I really need a four drawer cabinet but I’m scared of filling it up. I have designated one drawer for personal things and one drawer for work files.

About ninety percent of the binders I use are white. They are much more appealing on my open bookcase than a colourful group of binders would be. They are filled with PhD-related things (aka my dissertation – no big deal).

Finally, I use IKEA’s magazine folders and labels for current work-related projects. They are lined up and looking good on my bookcase.

I think one of my main problems that I have is that everything is half-size – 2 drawer filing cabinet, short bookcases, shallow desk drawers – so I feel like there’s just not enough room to fit both work stuff and fun stuff in this one space. I was sad when I had to empty all my bookshelves of my for-pleasure books and fill them back up again with work books. Sigh.

How do you manage to have both work and personal items in one space? What rules do you follow to get rid of things?

I’ll be reading Mo + Mo’s advice again this weekend – always a source of minimalist inspiration!

Have a great weekend!

Photos by Jordana.


Stationery: Smiggle

When I was little, I was hooked on Hello Kitty and Little Twin Stars. Then it changed to the colourful Lisa Frank line. What are kids’ top choices for stationery these days?

Well – according to my friend Suparna Grade 6 children in Singapore are smitten with the Smiggle collection of binders, notebooks, pens, and organizational products.

While many of the products from Smiggle, an Australian stationery company founded in 2003, come in blue, purple, pink, green, and black, I did find that there are a lot of white and silver versions too. Perfect for a child who has more of a minimalist tendency.

Clockwise: round tin stack, $8.95; DVD box, $7.95; water bottle, $12.95; USB bracelet, $9.95; zip it up lanyard, $2.95

Clockwise: notebook, $9.95; ruler, $2.95; notecard $3.95; stripe pencil, $0.95; glitter notebook, $14.95; maze pen, $1.95

flying pig money bank, $19.95; small trash bin $9.95

Images courtesy of Smiggle. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).

Many thanks to Suparna for inspiring this post.


Marketplace: JetPens

JetPens is a web store specializing in high-quality writing instruments. Earlier this year I ordered Kaweco pens for the White Cabana team and I was impressed by the speedy shipping and friendly customer service.

In addition to the amazingly wide selection of pens, JetPens offers plenty of cool supplies to pretty up your office…and maybe make Mondays a little less painful.

leaf ties, $11.50, JetPens

Sun-Star stapleless stapler, $9.50

Metaphys Ojue Lunch Box, $46

Saki pen case, $14.50

Midori paper clips, $7.25

Uni-Ball Signo white pen, $2

Lamy Fountain Pen – Safari Model, $26

Zebra Sharbo pen, $82.50

The Kaweco ballpoint pen – the pen of the White Cabana team (Johanne’s pen review)

Images via JetPens.