The best office accessories, according to famous interior designers

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From sound engineers and screenwriters to celebrity makeup artists and stylists, Variety’s new series “Ask an Insider” will ask the entertainment industry’s top pros to share their must-have essentials, for work…and for play. this episode, famous interior designers such as “Queer Eye’s” Bobby Berk, share their top recommendations for desk accessories that can add functional pizzazz to any workplace.

Whether you’re returning to the office or looking to upgrade your work-from-home setup, upgrading your workspace with stylish (and functional) accessories can be one of the best ways to boost motivation throughout the day. day, because productivity and creativity are only high in the right conditions.

To make it easier for you, we’ve collected recommendations from professional interior designers, whose clients include bold names like Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Gwen Stefani, Ryan Seacrest and Kris Jenner. Check out their must-have picks below.

Project 62 Small Bamboo Desk Storage

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Bobby Berk of “Queer Eye” suggests a piece of bamboo that looks stylish on any desk setup and will help hide your unsightly wires and adapters. This multifunctional piece from Target keeps your phone charged while serving as a pencil holder and organizer.

“Organization is so essential to any effective workspace, but not all organizers are created equal,” says Berk. “Yes, this organizer has your standard compartments for papers, post-its and pens. But what really sets it apart is a built-in wireless charger, which keeps your phone powered and easily accessible while you work.



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Brocoon Adjustable Laptop Stand

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Jeff Andrews, a renowned Los Angeles-based interior designer who’s done projects for stars like Kaley Cuoco, Ryan Seacrest, and Kris Jenner, offers his top recommendation: an adjustable laptop stand.

“As we return to work in the office, it’s important to make sure your workspace is ergonomic,” says Andrews. “An adjustable laptop stand lifts your screen away from the desk surface and brings it to the perfect height. You want the central area of ​​your screen to be at the same level as your eyes. Looking down even a little for hours at a time is very hard on your neck and back. This model is elegant and is available in four colors. Believe me, you will not regret this purchase.”


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Ember² Travel Mug

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Interior designer Taniya Nayak, who has worked with celebrities like Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and cookbook queen Ayesha Curry, suggests a temperature-controlled mug that keeps your coffee or tea hot all day long. the day.

“For the caffeine addict who not only loves a perfect cup of coffee in the morning, but drinks it all day to maintain workflow, this personalized mug with a warming base from Ember is best,” says Nayak . Plus, Ember offers the ability to customize its mugs to make your office space feel more “you.”


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Buster + Punch Skull Bowl

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Jhoiey Ramirez of The Sycamore Collective has designed the homes of such luminaries as Orlando Bloom and “Selling Sunset” real estate star Jason Oppenheim. When choosing pieces for her daring clients, she says she tends to shop at fashion brand Buster + Punch.

“Their recent collaboration with Travis Barker resulted in this bold brass skull, which I see my clients using for many different things, like candy when a nibbling attack occurs, or even various work items like rubber bands or paperclips,” Ramirez says. “Functional pieces don’t have to be basic and boring. Choosing substantial pieces really enhances the look, which means they don’t have to be flimsy.



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Cuyana Leather Organizer Tray

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HGTV’s Jonathan Rachman has worked with all sorts of big names, including Marc Jacobs, Madonna, and Sarah Jessica Parker. He says his essential office accessory for 2022 is a stylish leather tote.

“I’m old-school at heart, so that carries over to my profession as a designer — nothing says old-school elegance on a desk like leather accessories,” says Rachman, who gravitates to the Luxe texture for everything from totes to organizers and pads. “Totes organize your documents, hide your messes and dress up your desk. But make sure they are genuine leather.



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Lakadema Leopard Bookend

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“The truth is, we all spend a lot of time working – often at our desks – so might as well make them as luxurious and personal as our living rooms,” says celebrity interior designer Cindy Rinfret, who is currently working on her ninth project with Tommy Hilfiger.

For anyone familiar with Hilfiger’s printed designs, it will come as no surprise that Rinfret likes to have fun with his desk accessories. At the moment, she adores the leopard. “I love the opportunity to include a leopard object in a space, and Oka’s bookends are no exception,” she says. “They are novel and sculptural in design and are a constant reminder to return files and books to their rightful place at the end of the working day, avoiding piling up. Practically and visually, they enrich my everyday office life.”


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Flesso Medium Desk Lamp

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Interior designer to the stars Kelly Wearstler, who has worked on projects for Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani, stresses the importance of lighting. “Lighting is crucial for any home office, it can change the mood of a space, says Wearstler. “And with a rich mix of materiality, it can be a great way to elevate your office.”

This minimalist desk lamp is well worth the splurge and doubles as a piece of art in your office or WFH setup. Wearstler also shares, “There are many ways to ensure that a desk retains its form and function, without having to compromise a luxurious feel. Incorporating raised materials and textures, such as marble or brass, is a great way to juxtapose the natural elements of a wooden desk and create an effortlessly elegant feel.



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Leather notebook Leutchtturm 1917

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Brayton Designers chief interior designer Julie Brayton, whose industry clients include Shonda Rhimes, says minimalism is of the utmost importance in keeping her office organized. “Modify three to five piece necessities on your desk at any time, and everything else should have a place to be easily stored and accessible — like a separate drawer or filing cabinet,” she says. “The rooms in your office should be functional and well-designed. Choose materials that feature quality finishes and textures.

She recommends this classic leather notebook, available in hard or soft, as an efficient and stylish way to stay organized and add a splash of color.



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Muji Stationary Planting Tree Paper Bind Set of 5 Ruled Notebooks

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Designer and boutique hotel developer Robert Novogratz — who has collaborated on interior collections with Sarah Jessica Parker and has featured on HGTV and Bravo — opts for pieces that are both functional and stylish.

“For me, I want stylish desk accessories that enhance the space, but are also utilitarian,” he says. “I want to keep the desk organized for whatever I’m working on. But a desk should also have a sense of fun and personality, because it will make your work joyful and enjoyable. The very minimalist design makes this stationery option from MUJI very functional whether you’re taking notes or sketching out new ideas.They work hard and are beautiful in their simplicity, not to mention affordable.


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Sedgewick & Brattle Canyonland Vase

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Thom Felicia, former co-star with Carson Kressley in “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and current star of “Get a Room with Carson & Thom,” recommends brightening up your desk with flowers or plants in a high-rise container. quality like this.

“No office setup is complete (or stylish!) without something alive,” says Felicia. “A great way to add life and personality to your workspace is to bring the outdoors inside – a flower arrangement or plant is always a great addition and the container or vase is everything. as important as what you put into it.”

One of Felicia’s favorites is the Canyonland Vase by Sedgwick & Brattle due to “its organic texture and depth, yet timely silhouette and materiality”. Plus, it comes in three sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your office space.



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