We’ve previously hunted out cheap but expensive-looking accents for your bedroom and your nursery, and now it’s time to look at the office. We’ve scoured Amazon to find the best cheap (but expensive-looking) accents whether you work from home, have your own start-up or just have a desk you want to personalise. Below, everything from an arty concrete planter to a charming memo pad.
Stop storing your pens in a Sports Direct mug and opt for something stylish.
If your pens have a habit of being pinched by colleagues, stick to a multipack (that are still more upscale than a Bic).
Our favourite XL charger in a jolly, fire-engine red.
Get an interesting pot for that plant, too.
Give your office a spot of “Swiss railway” style.
Or for something a bit camp, how about this 1930s Kit-Cat clock, whose eyes and tail move every second.
This flip clock has an enjoyably industrial aesthetic to it.
Contributor Sirin Kale told us about this espresso-maker which she uses daily. She said, “The whole process takes around four minutes: approximately the same amount of time as an Aeropress but more hands-on than a cafetière.” [Editor’s note: There is low availability in the black model but plenty of red in stock.]
Nobody likes pulling a late one, but you can at least pick a playful light to cheer you up.
We also like this industrial option.
A memo a day keeps the doctor away.
A better alternative to Tupperware.
This stand folds flat, so you can stash it away if you’re not using it.
This derpy little bird would be a nice addition to your desk space.
A charming to-scale model of the eight planets (RIP Pluto).
No one will know if you play with this while on conference calls.
Washi tape is so handy to have around, and this pack comes in an assortment of delightful hues.
Trinkets, oddments, and knickknacks would look nice on these industrial-style shelves.
We really like these slablike marble bookends.
A nicer alternative to keeping them in your drawer.
These sticky notes are quite charming.
A minimalist way to store Sellotape.
These clips don’t scratch the paper, so they’d even make good bookmarks.
A pair of scissors that looks like something from Hackney Flea Market.
This set of a folio (which can fit a MacBook, a Surface Pro, and several other laptops) and pouch comes in a variety of colours, but we like the sea-foam shade.
Swiss manufacturer Caran d’Ache makes the kind of design-y pens you’d expect to see in an East London architect’s office. We particularly like this colourful set made in collaboration with Paul Smith.
These pastel-coloured highlighters feel more refined than the neon ones from school.