Jan
15
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

The pressed-cotton covers of these durable notebooks age, wear and soften like your favorite pair of jeans. $12 to $28, at Tortoise

Swingline. A classic. Enough said.
$3.50, at Amazon

A centuries-old design, crafted from high-grade carbon steel and tungsten, that's a lot easier to use (and look at). $55, at Design Within Reach

Ditched the land line for Skype? So did we. Hulger's buttonless VoIP phone, crafted from solid walnut, has become an instant classic. $300, at Furni

A Well-Appointed
Workspace

Memo: You're still gainfully employed. Celebrate by outfiting your desk with some stylish classics and enjoy an instant upgrade from the office supply closet. Then feel free to make a few Dilbert jokes in the elevator.

The famous pen, designed in 1948, that writes in any position—be it upside down, under water or yes, outer space. Fisher Space Pen, $12

70%

The amount of office work that occurs in cubicles, according to corporate furniture manufacturer Steelcase.

 

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