What really makes a desk stand out to me is the collection of stationery items placed on top of it (and also the manner in which they are placed). The true value and efficiency of your desk lie in the smart assortment of designs you adorn it with – these are after all the objects that are gonna help you get through your workday, and directly or indirectly affect your productivity. It’s imperative to have a collection that really lets you work easily, efficiently, and effectively. And, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and nifty stationery designs that you must own! From an everlasting all-metal pencil to minimal Japanese drawing pads – these are the modern stationery designs you need to meet your modern stationery needs.

1. The Everlasting Metal Pencil

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Everlasting Metal Pencil is almost like a Wacom stylus that has a tip that never needs to be replaced or sharpened. It’s an innovative pencil that enables you to focus completely on your creative process, and on the lead less.

Why is it noteworthy?

The octagonal shaft is made of aluminum and houses a special alloy core. Knowing that, you might think that all it will do is leave heavy grooves on your paper, but your mind might be blown away when it draws like a real pencil without seeing the tip wear down even after dozens of marks.

What we like

  • It has a metal core instead of clay or charcoal, so it wears down slowly, and may actually outlive you

What we dislike

  • It doesn’t smudge or smear the way normal graphite does. That might be disappointing for those who use smudging techniques

2. The Horizon Key®

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Horizon Helvetica® is an artist-oriented piece of EDC designed to replace conventional stationery kits. And this year it has a new companion – the Horizon Key®.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Horizon Key® is a keychain-friendly multitool that not only looks, but also functions as a scale, a hex wrench, a bottle opener, a basic protractor, a flat-head screwdriver, a mini-saw, and a wire ripper.

What we like

  • It lets you sketch, ideate, plan, and measure anywhere
  • Portable and easy-to-carry design

What we dislike

  • The tool only comes in metal as an option.

3. ONEBOX

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

This woodworking wonder is called the ONEBOX, and it combines multiple different tools into an intriguing interlocking Jenga-like structure, using the same traditional mortise and tenon jointing technique seen for centuries in large-scale buildings in ancient times.

Why is it noteworthy?

When assembled, the ONEBOX looks just like any ordinary wooden box. Pull the pieces apart and you discover that each piece is, in fact, a stationery tool or fidget toy.

What we like

  • It is meticulously crafted from solid wood, with flawless mortise and tenon joints and built-in magnets

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics are a bit unassuming and boring

4. Japanese Drawing Pad

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

This simple yet beautiful Japanese drawing pad is what you need to get those brilliant ideas flowing from your brain. The black canvas invites your mind to pour out ideas, while the physicality and texture of the paper serve as an anchor for your brain.

Why is it noteworthy?

It is perfect for sketching art, creating designs, and any other creative pursuit, accepting your ideas and your mistakes with the serenity and openness of a blank page.

What we like

  • Utilizes high-quality Japanese paper that is preferred by stationery connoisseurs

What we dislike

  • It does seem like an ordinary notepad from the looks of it

5. The Gravity Pen

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Gravity Pen is pretty intriguing since it puts the center of gravity closer to where your fingers are, making it easier to make agile strokes. The pen does that by having a grip that’s larger than the barrel, expanding the area of the grip for a more comfy hold.

Why is it noteworthy?

The faceted form of that grip also makes it easier to grip the pen, allowing for a more stable grip as well. It’s the ultimate ergonomic pen design, thanks to a smart application of physics and minimalist design principles.

What we like

  • Extremely ergonomic to hold and use
  • Durable and lightweight

What we dislike

  • Not available in different color options

6. The Note

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Called the Note, this small desk whiteboard lets you take notes with the utmost efficiency. Except it’s no ordinary note taker, it has a few tricks up its sleeve and adds some fun and spice to your work.

Why is it noteworthy?

The “whiteboard” twists or rather flips over, giving you twice the space to write your notes down. One side can have a dotted grid surface to help with diagrams, while the other can be plain, or they can have the same design on both sides. As with any vertical slate, you can also place sticky notes on it, in case scribbling notes down on paper is quicker for you.

What we like

  • Features a multi-purpose vertical screen that allows you to view the time, calendar, and appointments synced with your phone

What we dislike

  • The screen doesn’t show videos, a function that some people may need for their work

7. The Oakywood Wooden Cubic Pot

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Designed to be a stylish and elegant addition to your workdesk, the Oakywood Wooden Cubic Pot can easily and efficiently store your stationery, or be used to pot some greenery. It features a cup holder to pot a mini-plant!

Why is it noteworthy?

The unique dual-purpose design of the pot makes it a functional and excellent addition to your desk space. It features a stainless-steel insert to protect the wood from moisture and dirt. The surface of the pot has been coated with eco-wax oil, making it smooth to the touch.

What we like

  • Sustainable + fashionable design
  • Minimal product with maximum functionality

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics are a bit simple and unassuming

8. The Scissors with Base

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Scissors with Base is a pretty unique design since it features wide flat blades that mimic industrial tools and a black Japanese steel body that is super durable. The scissors perfectly combine minimalistic good looks with excellent functionality.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Scissors with Base are not a brutish tool that needs to be stowed away. Their simple design sets them apart from other desk items. The extruded part of one of the finger rings, or the “tang,” becomes a visual anchor that guides the gaze toward the scissors’ center, drawing attention to their sturdy blades.

What we like

  • Doubles up as a box cutter
  • Minimal + clean aesthetics

What we dislike

  • The scissor is showcased in only one colour, making it difficult to match all desk setups

9. The Forest Tidy

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Forest Tidy is a set of neat and sturdy containers and stands carved from rosewood, that brings a whole new level of organization to your desk while tying into the wooden nature of the furniture around you.

Why is it noteworthy?

By splitting your workspace belongings into different categories, the Forest Tidy organizational kit gives you space for stationery, tech, EDC, cables, and even a dedicated stand for your monitor along with a stowaway space for your keyboard and mouse.

What we like

  • The containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, tailor-made to your tabletop belongings
  • There’s a dedicated phone stand that lets you dock your phone either in portrait or landscape

What we dislike

  • Unfortunately, the phone stand doesn’t come with a channel for a cable pass-through, which means it won’t function as a charging stand

10. The Levitating Pen 3.0

Top 10 Back-To-Design-School Stationery Supplies For Design Students

The Levitating Pen 3.0 is exactly what it sounds like! The pen looks like it is suspended in its holder at a 23.5-degree angle, and is intended to be a luxurious and grand writing instrument with a Schmidt ballpoint cartridge that makes the pen sturdy and easy to hold.

Why is it noteworthy?

When done writing, you close the pen’s magnetic cap with a satisfying click and position the pen in its holder that has been magnetized to keep the pen floating in that position. To add to the fun, a simple twist leaves the pen spinning in its place for a good 20 seconds, allowing you to interact with the pen on a whole new level!

What we like

  • Relatively easy to hold and write with
  • Spinning the pen in certain intervals can be a stress buster

What we dislike

  • We wonder how ergonomic or comfortable the pen would be to use for longer durations of time

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