Want your own personal cloud? Get the LaCie 3TB CloudBox ($170). Plug it in, one-click, and you can access your files from any location with any device. Think of it like a super hard-drive that acts like your own personal DropBox. We are pretty sure the future includes things like the LaCie CloudBox.
In the market for a backpack or a briefcase? Look no further than the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack ($290). Ballistic nylon exterior, ripstop interior, YKK buttons, and a strap system that allows the bag to quickly be converted from a backpack to a briefcase (and vice versa). Of the many travel bags that that we have featured, this is certainly one of the most unique.
Spruce up your iPhone cord with this Cross Stripe Collective Cable ($18) from Eastern Collective. These standard Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible cords are wound with colorful nylon to add some flavor when charging your Apple products.
As much as we love real notebooks here at CMHQ, we are pretty excited about the Paper iPad App (FREE!) by FiftyThree. Clean, minimalist design and a very easy user-interface combine to make Paper the app that might take over our traditional pen-and-paper habit. Whether you regularly need to sketch, outline, or just take some notes, this app will be one of the best downloads you make this year. Used best with a stylus, we suggest the Wacom Bamboo Stylus ($30).
One of our favorite design shops, Reed Space, has come out with a line of notebooks, and we couldn’t be any happier. The Reedwrite Notebook ($25) is part of Reed Space’s new stationary collection, and should soon become part of your daily carry. This 6″ x 8″ suede cover blank sheet notebook has a blind embossed Reedwrite logo on the cover and 80 pages to fill with your ideas and sketches.
If you want minimum desk space and maximum sound, then the La Boite LD120 Hi-Fi Soundsystem Laptop Desk ($1,680) will suit you well. Developed by Paris-based La Boite Concept and CC LAB, this 22.5″ w x 20.5″ d laptop desk is packed with enough audio power to crank up your jams while you crank out some work. It has a built-in DAC (digital to analogue converter) sound card that translates the digital audio of the laptop via USB into a much higher quality analogue sound card. The signal is fed to two 25 watts and one 70 watt amp, and then to seven speakers developed exclusively for La Boite: two tweeters, two full range, two mid and one woofer. The desk also has a built-in sensor that reverts the system to standby when the speakers haven’t been used for 15 minutes. Just try not to keep the neighbors up when you are working late.
Whether you are an aspiring Hemingway or just an avid note-taker, a good journal is your best friend. But with so many impostors out there, finding the right classic leather journal can be a cumbersome chore. Lucky for you, we have found the one: the Pelle Leather Journal ($29.99). This leather journal is handmade right here in the USA from fine American leather, and holds three Pelle notebooks (28 lb, linen cover). As with any handmade leather good, each Pelle leather journal has its own unique distressed look due to the leather, that’s how you know it’s good. Measures 3.4″ x 4.9″.
If you are looking for a new desk for your home/corner office/cubicle, check out the Paul Desk ($595) from one of our favorite Made in the USA e-stores, the Wintercheck Factory. It’s made in Pomona, CA and comes in walnut, cherry, or a lacquered finish (like the “antifreeze” blue pictured here). It has both large and small storage units, two desktop cutouts for cord management, and it only has 8 screws, which means easy assembly. They will even send you a color sample set if you are unsure of which color you want. And just in case you had any doubts about its origin, the desk comes with an individually numbered metal production tag.
If you haven’t guessed already, we are big fans of notebooks. There’s something about that feeling of filling the last page of a notebook with notes, sketches, or ideas, only to put it on the shelf and never look at it again. So when we came across the About Blank Notebook ($20) from Minimal Goods, we put it on the “must have” list. At only 4.25″ x 7″, this notebook takes minimalist design to a whole new level. Once you remove it from the package, there are no logos or website addresses, which means no pre-determined front or back, top or bottom. It has white lines to keep your writing clean, perforated edges for those times when you need to tear out a page, and a binding that allows you to open the notebook fully.
A good leather portfolio is a timeless piece of everyday carry, and the Field Theories Leather Portfolio ($90-$175) is exactly what we’re talking about. Each portfolio is made from a single continuous piece of full-grain leather. The portfolio is cut, burnished, folded, stamped, riveted, and oiled – one at a time and entirely by hand. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit your carrying needs (they even make an LP-sized version for all of our vinyl-loving readers!).