If you've ever used a "handy" dipsenser roll of scotch tape, you know that "handy" isn't the best word to descibe it. Frustrating and inefficient perhaps, but definitely not "handy." The Tape Dispenser by Folmer Christensen ($115) features an elegant, functional design that you won't mind having displayed on your desk.
We're huge fans of Pilot's G2 gel ink pen. We love the G2 so much that we hold weddings for each pen and Moleskine notebook that get used together. Kidding. We're not that weird — we just hold funerals when their ink runs dry. Anyway, Pilot has introduced the G2 Mini ($6-$16; Feb. 1), a smaller version that will fit better in our pockets and take up less room in our gadget bag. It's available in eight colors in packs of 3, 4 and 8. Like the original, the Mini has a comfortable rubber grip and acid-free, archival safe gel ink that is water-resistant and smear-proof.
When you slap on deodorant each day, you don't think much about how it affects your body. But since your skin absorbs around 60% of what you put on it, it might be worth considering. Oars + Alps uses aluminum-free, natural ingredients sourced from the arctic circle for all their products, including this deodorant. And unlike other natural deodorants, they are alcohol and glycol free. So you're free of potentially harmful toxins while smelling fresh and keeping dry.
Presented by Oars + Alps.
New year, new mattress, new you. A quality night's sleep helps you recover from distractions faster, prevents burnout, helps you make better decisions, improve your memory, and overall make fewer mistakes. It's not marketing, it's science. Leesa used 30+ years of experience and hundreds of hours of testing (science) to develop the perfect mattress for all body shapes and sleeping styles. The Leesa mattress is THE only bed in a box with over 10,000 verified 5-star reviews. That's 10,000 people that love the Leesa mattress so much they wrote in to rave about it. Head over to leesa.com for $100 off the Leesa mattress plus a free pillow. Offer valid for a limited time.
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Okay, we have to admit it — we still like having old-timey paper calendars around, despite our digital lifestyles. Something about marking off the days until we see our girlfriends and thus get laid again just doesn’t have the same appeal if we’re doing it in iCal or Outlook. For 2006, we’re using the Pentagram 2006 Large Calendar ($40). Each month features a different classic typeface and a bio of the designer who created it. It's fun, with type.
When you're online and writing as much as we are, those lame ergonomic keyboards and wrist pads just don't cut it. And while we haven't decided if this futuristic workstation is the solution for us, there's no doubt that it's an awesome cure for all those aches that come from being a computer geek. Created by renowned designer Eran Baruhe, the Nethrone ($2500; available Jan. 30, 2006) is an oval-shaped structure that offers unrivaled electronic adjustment of nearly every part, including the height, angle and position of the keyboard, display, (massage) seat, headrest, and more. We're looking forward to checking it out at CES in Las Vegas next month.