Small favours - Issue 79 - Magazine | Monocle

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Here’s our utilitarian take on gearing up for a more productive new year with a few oft-overlooked pieces for a better desk: from ribbons and rubber bands to pencils and paperclips.

  1. One-handed tape dispenser
  2. Formwork desk storage by Herman Miller
  3. Tools to Liveby paperclips
  4. Brass number clips by Midori;
  5. Danese Milano flip calendar;
  6. Yamato paper glue
  7. Gummed foil gold stars from Dennison
  8. Wooden stationery organiser by Umbra Studio;
  9. Sina Optic 8x and 4x magnifier loupe
  10. Olfa hook cutter
  11. Olfa top-sheet paper cutter
  12. Gift ribbon from Hay
  13. Coloured bulldog clips from Modulor
  14. Tombow Irojiten colouring pencils;
  15. Sterling multiplier pencil box (and sharpener)
  16. Muji elastic-band ball
  17. Shachihata inkpad



This selection of well-made additions will keep gardens blooming – whether it’s wellies to keep on a firm footing or a watering can and trowel to tend to flower beds.

  1. Barbecue tongs from Snow Peak
  2. Vasse Vaught Vogeli bird bath;
  3. Indoor watering can from Born in Sweden
  4. Hunter Original Chelsea boot Wellingtons
  5. Gardena secateurs
  6. Sneeboer weeding trowel;
  7. Koppel hygrometer by Georg Jensen;
  8. Haws watering can;
  9. Red-and-white twine
  10. Works & Labo Kawara ceramic planting markers
  11. Flower pot brush from Present and Correct
  12. Ernest Wright & Son pruning scissors
  13. Opinel folding knife;



We’ve sourced some enticing comestibles for any occasion – whether it’s a case of celebrating with saké or stocking up on appetisers, no pantry should be without these stalwarts.

  1. Bottle of Matsunami saké
  2. Macallan 1874 highland malt Scotch whisky;
  3. Tamari soy sauce from Kikkoman
  4. Panettone from Chiostro di Saronno
  5. Tunnock’s chocolate-covered wafer biscuits
  6. Isole e Olena Cepparello 2010
  7. German mustard from Streuber
  8. A1 steak sauce
  9. Panko breadcrumbs from Hanayuki
  10. Crosta & Mollica breadsticks
  11. Green pepper Tabasco sauce from McIlhenny Co
  12. Bella olives from Puglia by Seggiano
  13. Schweppes tonic water
  14. Rye crisp breads from Finn Crisp
  15. Tuna in olive oil from Conservas Ortiz
  16. Anchovies with capers from Conservas Ortiz



These ingredients are elegant additions to any household and will cosy-up the home, including a chirpy light for the kids’ room, a versatile throw and snug slippers.

  1. Rimini Blu ceramic vase from Bitossi;
  2. Shorebird figure from Normann Copenhagen
  3. Oak magazine rack with marble top from Kristina Dam Studio
  4. Go Out Living Gear Book magazine supplement
  5. Brass vase from Found Muji
  6. Heima candlestick holder from Normann Copenhagen
  7. Pigeon light by Ed Carpenter;
  8. Flos glo-ball mini;
  9. Woollen blanket from Eleanor Pritchard for Trunk Clothiers;
  10. Rattan carpet beater from Objects of Use
  11. 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design from Lars Müller Publishers
  12. Ceramic incense burner from Shoyeido Miyuki;
  13. Marble vase from Broste Copenhagen;
  14. Gingham slippers from Muji
  15. Comptoir de Famille furniture polish;
  16. Terracotta platter by Reiko Kaneko;
  17. Reiko Kaneko x Shotoku glasses
  18. Shotoku glass set;
  19. Wooden Bridget building game;



From a double-edged Japanese saw for woodworking to a cycle-repair kit and clamp, these are the strapping tools we’re keeping to hand.

  1. Simson bike repair kit
  2. Abloy padlock
  3. BlueSpot one-and-a-quarter-inch inspection mirror
  4. Rosewood-and-brass mini carpenter’s plane by Crown Tools; 
  5. New Gramercy Tools cabinetmaker’s hammer
  6. Double-edged Japanese handsaw
  7. Three-inch steel clamp by Faithfull
  8. Matsunoya carpenter’s tool box
  9. Arctic Polar insulated work gloves
  10. Fisco Sweden folding ruler;
  11. Vitra tool box;
  12. Stainless-steel pocket survival tool;
  13. Ettinger x Maglite hand torch;
  14. Schneck Zweigbergk matches for Hay
  15. Battery-power tester from Mercury;
  16. Vitrex corded earplugs



Cupboard space is always at a premium so only the culinary best will do when it comes to tin openers, cups, tablecloths and chopping boards.

  1. Mini all-purpose mincer from Guillouard à Nantes;
  2. Woodpecker wooden chopping boards
  3. Hakusan Kasanejima teapot
  4. Ceramic bowl and cup from Les Guimard
  5. Stovetop Belgian waffle maker from Nordicware;
  6. Mini blini pan from Debuyer;
  7. Table cloth and coasters from Fog Linen
  8. Bon Voyage collection of stacking plates with handles from Yumiko Iihoshi Porcelain
  9. Nogent 3-star Super-Kim tin opener
  10. Silicone jam spreader from Muji
  11. Hinoki rice spatula from Matsunoya
  12. Good Food for Your Table by Ian James, Nicholas Selby and Louisa Chapman-Andrews,
  13. CDN meat or yeast thermometer

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