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Makeover Your Workspace With These Modern Tools and Accessories

01.12.22 | By
Makeover Your Workspace With These Modern Tools and Accessories
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There’s nothing like the shining promise of productivity in the new year to get us hankering for a workspace makeover. From tech, tools, and organization to small yet meaningful details and decor, there are plenty of ways to turn your workspace into a mainstage for inspiration and productivity, and elevate its aesthetic in the process. We rounded up our favorite desktop tools and accessories to help get you started. Check out the Design Milk Shop for more workspace essentials!

BENTOSTACK Tech Organizer by Function 101

BENTOSTACK Tech Organizer by Function 101

The Design Milk team can’t get enough of these Bentostack Cable Organizers by Function 101. Complete with four stackable layers, there’s a place for all of your tech accessories from laptop charging cables, Air Pods, and power bricks to Apple Watch Bands, USB cables, and memory cards all in one stylish and compact container. And if you ever need to pack your desktop up in a pinch, the Bentostack’s large silicone band keeps all of its compartments together for easy transport. With a range of sleek, eye-catching color options to choose from, you’re bound to find one to complement your decor.

$49.95
IZO Wireless Keyboard by AZIO

IZO Wireless Keyboard by AZIO

A tech-editor favorite, AZIO, just dropped their new IZO collection of modern, fashion-forward computer accessories, expertly designed to boost your mood while you work with its modern use of color and mix matched finishes. The IZO Wireless Keyboard features ergonomic back-lit keys for fast, efficient typing, and stylish metallic finishes on select knobs and key caps for a modern and elegant aesthetic. We love the Blue Iris colorway for the cool pop of color it brings to your desktop, though you can also find it in a warm-toned Baroque Rose, or White Blossom for a more minimal touch.

$139
Sico Coasters by Puik Design

Sico Coasters by Puik Design

If you’re like me, you probably have 3 beverages on your desktop at any point throughout the workday (water, coffee, and a wild card drink like a smoothie or pressed juice). These Sico Coasters by Puik Design are a must for keeping the surface of your desk free of condensation and the dreaded rings of doom. The geometric design gives the coasters a unique and modern look, allowing them to be interlocked to create one solid patch of drink-friendly surface area, or used individually in different spots across your workspace. Plus, there’s a range of playful colors to pick from, though we’re partial to the bold graphic look of the black colorway – are you surprised?

$36
Abeeku Cork Desk Tidy by mind the cork

Abeeku Cork Desk Tidy by mind the cork

When it comes to storing pens, pencils, and other desktop supplies, mind the cork’s Abeeku Desk Tidy is an all-around winner. Consciously crafted using 100% natural cork, mind the cork’s stylish desktop vessel is an easy, modern way to bring natural texture to your workspace, and avoid needless clutter. Pro tip: it can even be used as a planter for small plants and succulents!

$61
Colorblock Slim Pens by Dear Beni

Colorblock Slim Pens by Dear Beni

There are few things more satisfying than cracking open a new set of pens. This duo by Dear Beni adds a pop of lively color to your workspace and is the perfect way to dip your toe into the color blocking trend (one of our favorites of 2022!). Most importantly, Dear Beni’s black ballpoint pens are incredibly smooth and satisfying to write with, making them your new favorite writing tool. They’re also available in an iridescent, oil-slick finish!

$14
Grapefruit + Jasmine Candle by Detroit Rose

Grapefruit + Jasmine Candle by Detroit Rose

While they may not be the first accessory you think of when refreshing your workspace, candles are one of my favorite ways to get into the zone with my task list and create a warm, calming environment. Fresh fragrances with zesty citrus notes and bright, crisp florals are my personal favorite for creating an atmosphere primed for focus and productivity, and the Grapefruit + Jasmine Candle by Detroit Rose ticks all of the boxes. Notes of herbaceous, refreshing grapefruit and soft jasmine and lily work uplift the senses and get you through the workday.

$32
Design Milk Gradient Dot Concept Planner

Design Milk Gradient Dot Concept Planner

Is there anything more motivating than a new planner? The Gradient Dot Planner from our 15th Anniversary collection made in collaboration with Poketo is the ideal home for your to-do’s, goals, and pending projects while still offering flexibility to complement your unique workflow. The planner’s bold gradient design lends a punch of eye-catching graphics to your desktop too, making it something you’ll want to reach for every day. Bonus: all Design Milk stationery is buy 2 get 1 free through the end of January!

$34
DOGU Medium Tray Natural by Graf Lantz

DOGU Medium Tray Natural by Graf Lantz

Keeping an organized desktop is easy thanks to Graf Lantz’s DOGU collection of desktop trays. Made of vegetable-tanned leather to bring instant warmth and style to your workspace, the DOGU trays come in a variety of sizes to meet all of your organizational needs. The Medium Tray is perfect for storing all of your workday odds and ends – external drives, notepads, chargers, you name it – and adds a sense of peace and order to your workspace. You can also find them in black leather.

$82
Vapor Black Desk Knife by Craighill

Vapor Black Desk Knife by Craighill

Inspired by the Japanese Kiridashi knife (a tool traditionally used for wood carving and cutting) and reimagined for the needs of modern workspaces, the Desk Knife by Craighill single-handedly replaces your letter opener, scissors, and box-opener, making it an essential desktop accessory. Its weighty, minimalist design gives it a satisfying hand-feel while adding an elemental look to your workspace, making it a tool you’ll want to keep on permanent display, we recommend pairing it with Craighill’s matching Desk Knife Plinth! It’s also available in brass and steel finishes.

$70
A-3 The Original True Wireless Earphones W/ Aluminum Charging Case by Earin

A-3 The Original True Wireless Earphones W/ Aluminum Charging Case by Earin

A tried-and-true tech editor favorite, these Earin Earphones are a must for quieting distractions and wiring into work with the help of your favorite playlist. The compact, ergonomically designed ear buds deliver unparalleled sound quality despite their petite profile and are intuitively designed to recognize placement between the right or left ear, allowing for a quick and seamless user experience. Factor in their reliable battery life along with their comfortable, secure wear, and you’ve got the perfect set of earphones.

$179
Home Office Desk by Hoek Home

Home Office Desk by Hoek Home

One of the first products on my radar when I joined the Design Milk team last year, Hoek Home’s easy to assemble Home Office Desk is still a major favorite, especially for those of us that are working remotely. The desk’s simple, modern look is customizable to complement your design aesthetic, while the easy to disassemble parts allow you to save space and seamlessly stow away your workspace when it’s not in use. What’s not to love?

$775

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Alexa is commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound, Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop picks, she might be buried in a book, binging reality tv or adventuring around her city with her partner and pup.