Design, often thought of as a fun job, can also involve plenty of desk work — so perhaps the best desk accessories are those that come from designers with a strong sense of humor, such as Twelvetone.

The kid in all of us should love this series of Work Vehicles — beautiful, useful wooden "toys." The Dump Truck holds small stationery items such as paperclips, the Forklift Truck is big enough for pens and memos, and the Fire Truck doubles as a tape dispenser.

Each vehicle is constructed from ready-cut pieces of wood that you assemble yourself (no glue required) and is priced at ¥1,200. They can be found at various Tokyo select shops.