DECO Idea: Officially Fun Office Storage

Bring delight to your desk job by playing with stationary and office storage. We have seven cheerful ideas for you to rearrange your paper and pencils. 

ABC set, ABC Wholesalers / Printer’s tray and miniature mannequin, Milnerton market


Store stationery in interesting ways: use a doll’s bed to display pencils and an old jewellery holder to hang string tags. For an eye-catching desk installation, house graphic letter blocks in a printer’s tray painted white.

Perspex file tray, PAX 3D / Exercise book covered in ‘affrodizzy on white’, The Silk and Cotton Co.


Clear Perspex containers, such as this in-tray, add a contemporary touch, while also appearing to take up less space on your desk.



Cardboard boxes can double up as play items. Using an NT cutter, cut out windows and door to make an instant doll’s house.



Use a Lego Duplo brick available at toy stores, as a quirky pen holder. Cover the surface of your desk with sheets of graph paper – perfect for quick notes and doodling.

Chairbag in ‘affrodizzy on white’, The Silk and Cotton Co. / giraffe, Heartworks / Letters, Hammer and Tongs


Clear your desk of clutter, but keep necessities within easy reach, with a striking and playful chairbag.



Fold the pages of an exercise book, insert a little flag at the top, to create a fun concertina file.

Party box, Merrypak / Tube of pencils, PAX 3D / Magnifying glass, ABC Wholesalers / Swan pencil sharpener, paper and perspex clip, stylist’s own


Set the tone by starting with your desk: scan a design that you like, enlarge to fit the surface area and print to create a good-looking table covering. A cardboard tube painted silver creates an instant pencil holder, while a party box as storage promises fun.

Production by Tracy Lynch – Photography by Mark Williams

First published in our IDEAS Issue 71

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