Prep Your Dorm Room For the New School Year With These 16 Cool, Modern Products

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
With the new school year quickly approaching, make sure to give yourself enough time to gather what you'll need to make your dorm room both functional and fun.

Though you'll most likely be far from home, that doesn't mean that your dorm space shouldn't feel comfortable and welcoming. By sourcing a few strong pieces that are multifunctional, modern, and lighthearted,  you'll be able to create a sanctuary where you can feel confident and happy—even if you're stuck there studying for hours into the night. Shop our picks below—and act fast!

The Desk

Conrad Desk by Gus Modern
Conrad Desk by Gus Modern
The Gus Modern Conrad Desk is a compact, modern little desk with distinctive mid-century leanings. The warmth and natural grain of the walnut finish contrasts beautifully with the tubular brushed stainless steel legs and aluminum drawer pulls. The main drawer is designed for hanging files, while the two smaller drawers are perfect for storing stationary and other supplies.
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The Desk Chair

Modern by Dwell Magazine Gray Desk Chair
Modern by Dwell Magazine Gray Desk Chair
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Desk Chair has a five-pronged base with wheels so you can scoot from filing cabinet and back easily. This rolling office chair has a lever to adjust the height and neutral fabric to blend anywhere.
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The Task Lamp

Modern by Dwell Magazine White Desk Lamp
Modern by Dwell Magazine White Desk Lamp
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Desk Light offers you a new take on task lighting. This desk lamp provides perfect illumination for your projects with a contemporary appeal.
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The Food Storage

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls
Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls
Four Bowl Wonder. We don’t always (okay, almost never) have time to set a full dinner table each night, complete with silverware and cloth napkins and vegetable sides in nice serving platters. These are the bowls that adapt to how we live and eat pretty much the rest of the time. Use them to store food in the fridge or freezer. Come dinnertime, heat your fixin’s in the microwave (sans lids), and serve directly out of the bowls. After you’re done, stick them in the dishwasher, then nest or stack ’em for compact storage. The 100% airtight and leak-proof design makes it a handy not sad desk lunch accessory, too!  Made in: Netherlands  Made of: BPA-free Polypropylene Size: Shallow Bowls (Set of 4): 350 mL is 4.9" in diameter x 2.3" H, holds 11.8 ounces; 750 mL is 6.3" in diameter x 2.7" H, holds 25.4 ounces; 1.25 L is 7.6" in diameter x 3.1" H, holds 42.3 ounces; 2.25 L is 8.9" in diameter x 3.5" H, holds 76.1 ounces; Deep Bowls (Set of 4): 500 mL is 4.9" in diameter x 3.3" H, holds 16.9 ounces; 1 L is 6.3" in diameter x 3.9" H, holds 33.8 ounces; 2 L is 7.6" in diameter x 4.5" H, holds 67.6 ounces; 3 L is 8.9" in diameter x 5.1" H, holds 101.4 ounces  Sourced from: Rosti Mepal Photography by Rocky Luten
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The Everything Storage

Componibili Round Storage Modules by Kartell
Componibili Round Storage Modules by Kartell
The Kartell Componibili Round Storage Modules, designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, features a modular unit with a tray top that has been produced for more than thirty years and is exhibited at the museum of Modern Art in New York. The Componibili Modules are suitable for every kind of domestic use, such as a bedside table or storage in the bathroom, kitchen, or children's rooms.
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The File Cabinet

Modern by Dwell Magazine File Cart
Modern by Dwell Magazine File Cart
Create a versatile home office with the help of the Modern by Dwell Magazine File Cart. This single filing cabinet can easily wheel from one desk to another and not only provides storage but the top tray holds items until they can be filed.
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The Sweeper

Sweeper and Dustpan
Sweeper and Dustpan
Sweeper and Dustpan is so simple in it’s core idea, that it becomes almost brilliant – it’s the kind of design you wish you’d thought of yourself, and the obvious value of the design makes people wonder why no one has thought of this before. The smart design lets the sweeper fit inside the handle of the dustpan for compact storage. The hollow handle of the dustpan also allows for easier disposal of collected waste.
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The Towels

Dusen Dusen Towel
Dusen Dusen Towel
Ellen Van Dusen studied the psychology of design and the brain’s reaction to visual stimuli at Tufts University. After graduating, she launched Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen, a clothing line that soon became known for its lively original prints, then expanded the brand in 2015 to include bedding and towels. Dusen draws her inspiration from a variety of sources, such as midcentury resort architecture, Italian industrial design and Scandinavian textiles. Her wonderfully playful Dusen Dusen Towel (2015) is marked by vivid colors and bold patterns that captivate. It sports a jacquard weave, so its sides are opposites of each other. Machine washable. Made in China.
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The Alarm Clock

Bird Clock
Bird Clock
The Bird Alarm Clock, designed by Japan's & design, is an alarm clock in the shape of a bird. The front offers a simple, clean silhouette, while the back houses all of its settings and functions.A talking function speaks in both English and Japanese. There’s also a calendar and snooze function. Stand it on your bedside table or hang it on the wall in the bathroom or kitchen (stand included).
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The Hardy Rug

Geometric Flat Woven Vinyl Mats
Geometric Flat Woven Vinyl Mats
Vinyl fever. These vinyl rugs pay homage to the rich tradition of tapestry-woven kilim rugs, but are a much more affordable way to evoke their color and warmth in any room of the house. Consider them your home’s lowest-maintenance accessory: since they’re so easy to clean (a quick scrub with soapy water is all you need!), these large rugs are ideal for sliding under a dining room table, in the mud room, or in your entryway, without having to worry about dirt or stains. The mat is produced using cushion vinyl, which is a softer quality material that has more give and bounce than traditional vinyl sheeting.  Made in: Israel  Made of: Partially recyclable PVC  Size: Medium is 5.25' L x 3.25' W (63" L x 39" W), Large is 6.58' L x 4.58' W (79" L x 55" W), Runner is 8.25' L x 3' W (99" L x 36" W)  Sourced from: Kiss That Frog Photography by Rocky Luten
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