New & Noteworthy: Affordable Desk Accessories by a Japanese Cult Fave

Certain phrases such as “pencil cases,” “binder clips,” and “desk accessories” elicit a Pavlovian response in me. I hear them, and I want to go back-to-school shopping immediately (which is an issue since I am long past needing composition notebooks and No. 2 pencils). Most of the time, my resolve is strong, but the MoMA Design Store recently made resistance futile with a new line of office supplies.

This fall the store is introducing desk tools by Hightide, a “Japanese brand with a cult following,” according to its catalog copy. Did I mention “Japanese cult brand” is another trigger phrase for me? Here’s what I’m chomping at the bit to buy.

Hightide Large Trays
Above: Hightide’s melamine Medium Desk Trays have a terrazzo-like appeal. They come in four retro colors—navy, mustard, gray, and green—and two sizes (small and medium, pictured); $12 and $17.
Hightide Pen Trays
Above: Its Pen Trays could also work as a place to rest your eyeglasses or watch; $14.
Hightide Pen Stands
Above: Hightide’s Pen Stands are $8 each.
Hightide Scissors at Moma
Above: Hightide works with traditional craftsmen on its products. These Stainless Steel Scissors are the result of a collaboration with Penco, a Japanese stationery company; $12.
Hightide Tape Dispensers at Moma
Above: Another collaboration with Penco, the Tape Dispenser is $23 for the small and $32 for the large (shown).
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