Dress up your office with goodies from the Domestic Goddess
A desk, a light, a stapler, a classic clock and more: all products that help you get to work.
Office supplies? Did somebody say office supplies? Why, the Goddess loves office supplies. Loves 'em. New felt-tip pens, an unsullied desk blotter, notebooks empty with possibility. Oooooo, the places she'll go, the things she'll do, to quote the Goddess' physician (Dr. Seuss). My stars and garters, office-supply stores are almost as much fun as the seasonal aisle at Bartell's. Almost.
The desk set
It was 25 years ago this summer that one Mr. Dan Flickinger, former Frederick & Nelson buyer/manager (bow head here for dear, departed F&N) packed up his retailing expertise and opened a little joint named Kasala. Ever since, Kasala has been our local purveyor of quelle surprise!: items for the home, cool and fun. You never know what you will find there.
Today we have come in search of a simple desk. And here is Sequel from BDI: cable organization, power-strip attachment and space to hide clutter. Comes in natural stained cherry, walnut or espresso-stained oak. Compact desk shown: $995.
You're going to need some toys for that desk. So, here you go: two multifunctional task masters in the form of a chrome-plated Bull dozer (paperweight, magnet for paper clips, Post-it dispenser, sharpener and pencil holder) and Lumber truck with a detachable trailer. Holds pencils, pens and also has magnet. Both $65. To see your nice shiny toys you might turn on the Sloan LED desk lamp. Sleek, compact, adjustable. $225.
Find them in Seattle at 1505 Western Ave.; in Bellevue at 1018 116th Ave. N.E., Suite 110; in Tukwila at 17275 Southcenter Parkway, Suite 100. Outlet (!) at 1946 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. kasala.com.
A desk alone does not an office make. One might consider finishing it out with some classics from Schoolhouse Electric, world HQ Portland.
1. IBM indicator clock. Takes one back to new shoes and first grade. Spun-steel case and domed-glass lens, 13.5 inches, for this reproduction. Quartz movement with a red, continuous-sweep second hand. Comes with one C battery, hanging hardware. Schoolhouse exclusive. $235.
2. Ace Pilot Stapler. (That would be stape-a-ler to you "Office Space" fans.) Designed in the 1930s, the industry standard for more than fiddy years. Steel construction, chrome finish, those rakish vintage good looks, and a punch top. Uses standard staples. $32.
3. Princeton Desk Lamp. Name alone makes you smarter. Adjustable arm; shades, sold separately, scads to choose from. $229. Shown with the Factory Shade No. 3 (shade is $49). Price as shown $243.65.
4. Office Sign. Can't tell the players without a program. Make it official. Raw aluminum or painted and powder-coated signs made with antique tooling by 100-year-old, third-generation, family-run Portland company. $20.
Flagship store's at 2181 N.W. Nicolai St., Portland. schoolhouseelectric.com.
Dress up the office
Paperwork boring? It need not be so with lovely binder clips covered in chiyogami yuzen (screened Japanese mulberry paper) scattered about the work surface. Color-coordinated set of four, $10. A different way to close the deal would be with wooden paper clips, 24 per tin, $6.95. And to seal it completely while setting yourself apart from the maddening paperwork throng? Red sealing wax from France (the good stuff), 8 ½ inches long, no wick: $8.50. Find them all at de Medici Ming Fine Paper, 1222 A First Ave., Seattle.