Singgih Kartono Desk Set
T-shape joints and two-tone hardwood give these Indonesian-designed and -constructed office accessories a retro feel, but the smooth lines ensure a look appropriate for the modern-day work space. The set includes a tape dispenser, stapler, envelope, and a pen/card holder.
$75 at designpublic.com.
Pablo Duo Trash Can
Our respect for the wastebasket rose several levels when we came across this internationally minded piece. Made from Finnish birch by a Venezuelan-born designer, the Duo wastebasket is designed to resemble a blooming flower. Anybody else think it looks like a tulip?
$52 at lumens.com
We know, we know—no one listens to radio anymore. Good thing this 1950s-style knob electronic transforms itself into an iPod speaker simply by attaching one little cord.
$195 at shophorne.com
City in a Bag
Though Muji, our favorite Japanese retailer of all time, sells these adorable wooden blocks as a children’s gift, we think they’ll look great scattered on bookshelves and coffee tables. Truth be told, there’s not a set for DC just yet, but recent Washington transplants and world travelers alike will appreciate the Tokyo, London, and Paris options. (Tokyo is pictured.)
$14 at muji.us/store.
The best thing about this skinny lamp is that it’s completely customizable. Add, subtract, and rearrange the orange and walnut layers any way you please to create everything from a squat desk light to a full-length floor lamp.
$218 at bobbyberkhome.com