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The easy route to a cheerful desk

Who’d have thought that stationery could be this much fun?

The easy route to a cheerful desk

May 19 2011
Jenny Dalton

My dedication to all things stationery started young. As a child, I’d swoon over notebooks, rubbers and rulers. As a teenager, I got my kicks out of trawling the shelves at Ryman and WH Smith. And as an adult in the world of work, I’ve always found there’s a certain frisson to visiting any employer’s stationery cupboard.

Since I began writing about design, I’ve fallen for the writing desk collection of Danese Milano (letter holders, trays and more, designed by the likes of Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari and Theo Williams), notebooks and calculators from Plusminuszero, and Michael Sodeau’s “Anything” desk accessories. And most recently I have found – via Twitter – another contender for favourite minimalist desk accessories: the David Weatherhead collection from Glasgow store/gallery/producer, Goodd.

The collection is full of happy-looking, simple-as-can-be pieces of desk ephemera made from powder-coated, folded steel, and manufactured in London, all designed by the young Royal College of Art product design graduate David Weatherhead in collaboration with the Goodd founders, Thomas Russell and Brian Proudfoot.

There’s a sweet little desk clock (pictured) that leans at a jaunty angle and is fashioned – as is most of the collection – in a primaries-only colour palette that reminds me of both the 1980s Memphis design movement and Dick Bruna’s Miffy. There’s an angled letter tray (pictured) that seems to borrow a little something from origami. And then there’s my jaunty bright yellow letter holder, the Sunshine Letter Rack (pictured, £14) – a representation of the rising sun, which keeps all my invitations and essential notes and appointments in one place and looking as tidy as a disparate wedge of notelets and oddities can look. Desks really shouldn’t be this much fun.