Herman Miller Aeron

Originally launched in 1994, the Herman Miller Aeron was revolutionary for its substitution of cushions for elastomeric fabric that eliminated pressure points, greatly increased breathability, and eradicated discomfort. The new Aeron is instead evolutionary. It improves upon the original’s performance thanks to a redesigned, smoother tilt mechanism with an optimized balance point between tilted and upright, PostureFit SL spinal support that now boasts two adjustable pads to cradle the natural curvature of the spine, and 8Z Pellicle fabric that varies in tension throughout eight zones for optimized support. It comes in three frame colors with a variety of customizable options you’ll likely want to add on, including a tilt limiter and height-adjustable arms. And users of the original will be happy to know that adjusting tilt resistance no longer requires endlessly turning the tilt mechanism: just a few twists of the new mechanism’s handle will suffice.

Learn more at Herman Miller – $780

GET IT: $780


Zei Time Tracker

Tracking the time you spend on various activities is tremendously difficult, in part because the monitoring process takes so much time itself. The Zei Time Tracker does this effortlessly and intuitively. This white polygon boasts eight blank sides that can be written or annotated on and that are simultaneously assigned to the same task digitally. Every time you switch activity just flip it to the corresponding side and the device starts counting seconds, later transmitting collected time data to your computer or smartphone to compile handy reports. Despite the fact that you’ll need to have it on you to use it — though its accompanying app will let you time track in a pinch — Zei seems like a sleek way to better budget your most valuable resource (and find out what you’re really wasting it on).

Find it at Kickstarter – roughy $77

GET IT: ~$77


HMM TapeDispenser

If less design is better, then the HMM TapeDispenser, made of precisely machined aluminum, is best. This naturally weighted tape dispenser is a cube-shaped, pruned down version of typically large models, slicing off about two-thirds of the body size while still remaining fully functional for one-handed use. The tape holder attaches to its base magnetically and a square toothed cutter block made of hard-anodized aluminum cuts tape efficiently and more cleanly without posing any sort of cutting risk. Available in two versions: HMM 65 and HMM 50, the former compatible with 3-inch core tape of various widths and the latter for the standard 1-inch core tapes normally found in handheld dispensers.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $46+

GET IT: $46+


Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser

Finding the end of the tape on a roll often takes an eternity. Cleverly, the Zyp-Zyp Minimal Tape Dispenser eliminates this problem like a normal tape dispenser might but without the actual dispenser — and with a cutting edge far more efficient than plastic. Zyp-Zyp is manufactured in Germany by centrifugal casting of Nicaflor, a copper, nickel and tin alloy, and installs on standard tape rolls 12mm in width and of any diameter. The way it works isn’t what you’d expect and is hard to describe, so we recommend checking out their video at the link below. But we’ll still try: press down on the end with the cutting edge to unstick the tape that’s been passed through the hole from the roll, then pull and cut at desired length before sticking it back down.

Find it at Zyp-Zyp – roughly $27 [via]


Best Made Field Desk

Ok, so you’ll need some sort of surface set it up on. From there on, the Best Made Field Desk will take care of the rest. Designed in collaboration with Gerstner case makers and illustrator/artist Ross MacDonald, this briefcase is made of kiln-dried American cherry that’s fitted with brass hardware and a leather carry handle. Open it up to reveal a red aniline-dryed leather writing surface that lifts up on both sides to reveal recessed storage compartments for notebooks and the like. It’s built for a time without tablets and laptop computers, or for when you’d rather not resort to digital means.

Learn more at Best Made Co – $1,850


Opløft Sit Stand Desk

Many standing desks are big, lumbering contraptions that we wouldn’t describe as minimal in any way. Conversely, we would the Opløft Sit Stand Desk. Opløft can be raised from essentially completely flat to almost 16 inches and literally anywhere in between, adjusted thanks to a handle and a stepless locking system. As it’s raised the desk platform moves forward to make more room for your legs (since you’d naturally not want them to touch the desk Opløft is perched upon), and its concealed springs and pneumatic lifting system compensate for weight on the desk to make the process basically effortless. Plus, with a weight limit of almost 90 pounds, even multi-screen desktop computer setups are supported.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $340


Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Compared to typing on a slick glass screen, writing on paper is pure pleasure. Too bad, then, that it’s not as practical when it comes to archiving, duplicating content, editing, and so on. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set fuses digital convenience and analog methodology, taking everything you write with the Moleskine Pen+ on a Moleskine Paper Tablet and replicating it on their iOS/Android Notes App in real time. It can convert your scribbling into images, vectors, PDFs, or even digital text notes for quick searching and editing, not to mention with the added benefit of making them more legible.

Learn more at Moleskine – $200


Edge Desk

Chances are high that your chair and desk combo wears you out after a few hours, making working or studying even more of a chore than it already was. The Edge Desk aims to help you find a better, more ergonomic bodily position that’ll stave off back strain and pain — and therefore increase productivity — by fusing a desk with a kneeling chair. Two thick, padded knee rests and a seat spread out your weight while the desk’s uncluttered white surface sits at the end of an arm with 5 length settings and various tilt options to find just the right position and angle. One size fits just about everyone and accommodates laptops, tablets, notebooks, large drawing surfaces, and more.

Find it at Kickstarter – $300


Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks

Creativity is fuelled by surrounding inspiration. And if you’re looking for a handsome notebook to write in it’s hard to beat Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks. Each boasts two 0.08-inch thin five ply genuine walnut covers — both on the front and back — that are bound together using a brass double coil and sandwiched over 100% post consumer recycled paper that comes in plain, ruled, or dot grid. And if you’re wondering about the gorgeous, minimal pen in the picture, that’s CW&T’s Pen Type-A.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $25+


Mikol Marble Notebooks

Marble long exemplified luxury. Thing is the stuff is always either too heavy or too fragile (when cut thin), and thus classically confined to use in property. Mikol’s line of Marble Notebooks manages to integrate the stunning-but-delicate material thanks to refined methods for cutting and manipulating it, affixing real marble into both front and back covers. Laminated webbing and recycled corrugate between the marble grains let the covers flex, not shatter, and a lay-flat design allows the book to spread perfectly level for easy writing or drawing. The books come in both Carrara white and a darker Nero Marquina, feature 180 pages of archival grade 5″ by 8″ paper, and weigh a reasonable 0.81 lbs per journal.

Learn more at Mikol – $85


Oristand Standing Desk

Standing desks don’t come cheap — not most of them, anyway. But the Oristand Standing Desk is undeniably affordable, granting its user a healthy alternative to sitting while working that’s made entirely out of industrial-grade cardboard. It’s easily strong enough to support the weight of even the heaviest laptop and provides a stepped surface that’s plenty wide for a keyboard and mouse. When you don’t need it Oristand folds flat, and it’s made to last awhile — just so long as you don’t spill too much coffee on it.

Find it at Oristand – $25


Refold Standing Desk

It’s nothing fancy, but if you’ve been looking for a simple standing desk this is it. The Refold Standing Desk weighs in at just over 14 pounds and is made entirely of cardboard. Though that’s not to say Refold is weak: its surface can hold up to 190 pounds, easily supporting your entire workstation. Else, it assembles in less than two minutes from its four parts, comes in three heights to accommodate different sized users, and works with their optional coffee-proof top.

Hit up Refold for details – $250+


Epson PaperLab Recycling System

Chances are your office produces a lot of paper waste. And with Epson’s upcoming PaperLab Recycling System, the process that transforms used paper into fresh, blank sheets can be carried out entirely in-house, simultaneously sparing the need for confidential destruction of sensitive material. Feed documents in on one side and fire up the machine. About three minutes later, the first new sheet emerges, followed by many more — up to 14 sheets of A4 a minute, or 6,720 throughout an 8 hour day. Its secret is a waterless recycling process that breaks paper down to its fibres and melds them back together with one of various binders, allowing for customization of the paper by way of color, flame resistance, and even scent. Produce A4 or A3 sheets or even produce business cards right from the machine, making it as versatile as it is environmentally friendly.

Learn more at Epson – $TBA