Earthy materials like wood and natural textiles have been popular for making phone cases and even speaker housings. Such materials look wonderfully incongruous next to the glass and polished metal covering sophisticated circuit boards. While producing custom-embossed iPhone cases, bamboo veneers for laptops, and leather notebook covers for clients like Nike, Google, Levi’s, and YouTube, Grovemade has released a line of desk accessories. Available online, from $29.
The monitor stands, keyboard trays, and mini planters are meant to keep the average desk from looking too much like a museum exhibition on Scandinavian design.
The mouse pads and keyboard trays have cork lining on the bottom to keep them from shifting during use.
Each item comes in either dark walnut or blond maple, and the wrist pads and mouse pads are made with vegetable-tanned leather, which looks much better than Lycra-wrapped gel inserts found in most ergonomic accessories.
Some of the items, like the radio tube bulb available on the desk lamps, feel more novel than functional.
If you’re adverse to adding more accessories to an already-cluttered workspace, small touches like indentations for spare batteries in the keyboard tray, and a pen-holder in the mouse pad, are designed to aid organization.