Bic pens are pretty much ubiquitous, used for everything from the community pen at your local bank to the giveaways you find in hotels. Unfortunately, that commonality also makes them rather... boring. The Baux Pen ($25/2-pack) aims to fix all that. Named after aluminum ore, this sleek pen is crafted from machined aluminum, available in grooved or smooth versions, and in one of five colors — natural aluminum, or one of four anodized shades. The best part? You can customize it using any color Bic you can find, giving you nearly endless tip/lid combinations to choose from.
Stop worrying about your papers getting knocked off your fridge, file cabinet, or whiteboard and start hanging them up with Strong Like Bull Magnets ($24/2-pack). As the name suggests, these over-engineered helpers are seriously strong, boasting a Neodimium Iron Boron disc magnet that's set inside a stainless steel cup that directs the magnetic flux and increases pull strength. An anodized aluminum housing and grip ring give the magnet a stylish exterior and make it easier to handle — which is good, since it has a rated direct contact pull strength of over 25 lbs, or more than enough to pull up a 10 lb. weight or hold up a 50 sheet notepad from the outside.
Part multi-tool, part writing instrument, all German engineering. The Cleo Skribent Messograf Pen ($23) works great as a writing tool, accepting any Parker-style ballpoint or gel refills. But the chromium-plated brass body also serves as a metric screw thread scale, a tire tread depth scale, and as a 4-inch caliper that measures in both metric and inches. And not to worry, nervous pen-fiddlers — it still uses a standard click-to-open mechanism. [Scouted by Andrew]
Most office chairs are designed to give us comfort and support as we sit in front of a computer all day — but with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, we're pulled away from our desktop setups more and more. The Steelcase Gesture Chair was designed with this change in mind. As such, it's built to support a wide variety of postures and sitting preferences, promising to give you support whether you're banging away at a keyboard, casually browsing a report on your iPad, or cranking out a quick text on your phone. Oh, and it doesn't look too shabby, either. Coming this fall. [Scouted by Ken]