Pfeiffer and his team spent time in the field observing ergonomic problems, organizational challenges, and storage issues in offices. "We observed a lot of solutions from users like reams of paper used to raise monitors, coffee cups for storage, phones hiding under papers, and lots of small desktop piles," Pfeiffer says. "We saw these moments as opportunities to bring clarity to the desktop landscape in a more considered fashion."

The pieces are made from solid walnut, bent plywood, and soft-touch plastic—materials with warm characteristics. "The wood creates a nice contrast to the aluminum you find in many devices while the soft-touch plastic gives the vessels an unexpected texture when touched," Pfeiffer says. "With each material it was critical to do things at the highest quality possible to insure the longevity of each item."  The Modern Desk Accessories You Need to Own by Diana Budds