The industrial aluminum and glass designs of Apple's products got you wishing for a bit of nature in your office setup? Try burying your keyboard, trackpad, and even remote inside Combine Walnut Keyboard Trays ($70-$80). Made from Black Walnut, these attractive trays are designed to hold Apple's Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and new, aluminum-bodied remote, should you so choose. A nice way to add some warmth to a sometimes cold computing experience.
Like Doc Brown's message to Marty from 1885 to 1955, you can now send honest-to-goodness telegrams across the ocean or across time with Telegram Stop ($6). This ingenious online service allows you to type in your message — complete with -(STOP)- for periods and full stops — and send it on a vintage-looking card to anyone you want at any (current or future) time you want, replacing a simple electronic communiqué with something much more permanent and memorable. You can even upload photos to be printed and sent along with your message. Take that, MMS.
Built for the government and looking every bit as official as you'd expect, the Embassy Pen ($40) is ready to let you sign your checks with as much flair as a president signing an international bacon-awareness treaty. The pen itself is made from anodized aluminum, and features a knurled grip, a medium black SPR4 pressurized Fisher Space Pen ink cartridge, and a built-in stainless steel clip for affixing to a shirt pocket, belt loop, or top-secret file.
Of all the "magical" products unveiled this year, the Sharpie Liquid Pencil ($2) might just deserve the praise if it lives up to its claims. The unique new writing tool uses liquid graphite to offer a writing experience similar to a pen, yet still allows for erasing mistakes. What's more, it becomes permanent like a Sharpie marker after about three days, making it a potential replacement for not two but three current inhabitants of your desktop pen cup.
Add a bit of historical style to your workspace with the Makr Studio Work Stool ($690/delivery; $550/pick-up). Built-to-order with a white walnut seat and hand-welded steel body, this inaugural release from the Makr Studio Goods collection mixes industrial looks with modern materials and craftsmanship to make a perfectly minimalist stool.