Here’s everything you need to work from home like a pro

Flipping Out Grey Clock; Exacompta Desk Pad; Microsoft Surface Arc; TAG Heuer Connected; Samsung Galaxy Note10 + 5G; Tech21 Evo Type; HP Elite Dragonfly; Neubau Adam
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You’ve opened up a dialogue on colleagues leaving their Zoom feed on all day. You’ve circled back on the status of the contents of your desk drawer. The dining table just isn’t conducive to long term impactful synergy. Time for some much needed disruption. These value-add tech tools and tchotchkes will close the loop on your at-home working journey.
Flipping Out Grey Flip Clock
Deeper thinkers might argue that the fragile nature and definitive movement of the minute hand represents the relentless march of time. Slash corporate despondency and banish such existential thoughts with this stylish retro clock – neatly combining the elements of an analogue flip display with a digital font. Constructed from steel and PVC, and available in a host of combinations including copper and grey, gold with white, silver and black, it looks sensational from any angle.


Price: $100 | Cloudnola
Exacompta Desk Pad
Made in the centre of Paris in a workshop built by Gustave Eiffel, these writing pads have a rigid metal frames and space for 200 sheets of 21 x 13.5 cm perforated paper. It’s a world away from endless post-it notes cluttering the desk and an altogether more executive approach to writing to-do lists you know that deep down you’ve no intention of actioning. For those who prefer the quaint human activity of handwriting to the plethora of note apps around.
Price: £15 | Amazon | Cult Pens
Neubau Adam
High-fashion frames with one eye on sustainability, Austria-based Neubau have developed a material called naturalPX that’s made from 65 per cent organically sourced and renewable primary products, including castor oil. The result is a strong, light and surprisingly elastic frame in a range of on-trend finishes, such as this in caramel tortoise matte/gold. And apparently, they’re working on a 100 per cent renewable design to ditch the need for petrochemical polymers for good.


Price: £TBC | Neubau | SmartBuyGlasses
HP Elite Dragonfly
Flip the screen on this lightweight laptop to use it as a tablet. Lighter than HP’s previous EliteBooks, with a pleasing magnesium build, the Dragonfly is stuffed with ports and features. It supports active styluses, the 720p webcam has a hardware shutter for privacy and, alongside a Full HD screen and Intel Core U-series vPro processor, there’s business-friendly customisation including a 4G LTE model (end of the garden hide-out?) and a 56Wh battery option that runs for 24 hours.
Price: £1,618 | HP | Ebuyer | Currys Business
Microsoft Surface Arc
This Bluetooth mouse flattens for the commute (if you’re engaged in such an antiquated activity), and pops back up for desk use. It’s slim, light and ergonomic plus the snap action gets addictive quickly. We’re split on Microsoft’s Surface series of tablets overall but the accessories? Top notch.


Price: £80 | Amazon | Currys | Argos
TAG Heuer Connected
TAG Heuer has been building smartwatches since 2015, which means that the 2020 edition of the Connected benefits from three generations of refinement. Here, TAG keeps things simple, saying goodbye to the full modularity of its predecessors and adding useful new features such as a custom Sports app for golf, running, cycling and walking to the 45mm Wear OS watch. The chronograph design is available in stainless-steel or matte black titanium with watch faces to mimic models such as the Heuer 02’s skeletonised dial.
Price: From £1,495 | TAG Heuer | Goldsmiths
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and Tech21 Evo Type
Rather like the most exclusive of member’s clubs, the Evo Type Android phone case looks fairly average from the outside, but flip open the folio cover and the magic becomes obvious, revealing an instantly syncing NFC connected keyboard and kickstand, enabling you to type away on a full screen without the need for a bulky battery as the Tech21 app processes the capacitive keys every 40 milliseconds for an oddly natural typing experience.
Compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Note10+ and Note10+ 5G (£1,099) phones – the superfast 5G upgrade to its supersized flagship – this is the Android-phone equivalent of Apple’s iPad Smart Keyboard Folio.
Price: £56 | Tech21
Verpan Reflect Table Lamp

An under-the-radar design classic, Verpan’s Reflect table steel table lamp – 30cm tall in red or grey powder coated steel – has been rescued from sketches found in Danish designer Verner Panton’s archives. The simple, linear design consists of a sold steel rod that holds the lamp’s slanted, disc-shaped shade, which reflects the light beamed onto it softly, producing a diffused, relaxed effect.
Price: £450 | Verpan | The Conran Shop | Finnish Design Shop
Eames ES104 Lobby Chair

It may not be especially innovative given the posture-aligning, wellness-giving options available, but if supreme comfort and a corner office impression is all you crave, this iconic 1960s design from Charles and Ray Eames is still unbeatable. Originally designed for the lobby of the Time & Life Building in New York, the base is chrome-plated die-cast aluminium, and the seat pads and arm rests are made from your choice of 22 plush leather finishes.
Price: From £6,090 | Vitra | Heals | The Conran Shop
OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe

Time to finally address that mysteriously sticky ctrl key with this unexpectedly useful office gadget that features a red microfiber pad at one end that will dispatch screen smudges and keyboard fingermarks with a simple swipe, and a small pop-out brush at the other that gets into crevices digging out the crumbs and debris accumulated over hundreds of working lunches.
Price: £10 | Amazon | OXO
Braun LE03

This reboot of the original Dieter Rams-designed LE speakers from the 1980s now offers multi-room hi-res streaming performance and a combination of bespoke DSP (digital signal processing), balanced-mode radiators and low-profile aluminium woofers and customised passive bass radiators. There are three options, LE01, 02 and – the smallest – 03, all with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2, but the spindle metal frame makes the LE03 stand out from the pack.
Price: £329 | Braun | MoMA Design Store
Dell XPS 13 (2020)

Machined from aluminium and finished in a faux-carbon-fibre white sheen, Dell has upgraded their highest performing luxury laptop, with an almost bezel-free and brilliantly bright 16:10 ratio, 3,840 x 2,400 4K screen, with a 15 per cent bump in speed from the 2019 model. You get up to 19 hours of use while still making the most of Intel’s latest 10th-gen processors, topping out with the i7-1065G7, and a great range of memory, with 256 – 2TB onboard and a lightening fast 32GB of RAM. At 1.2kg it’s not feather weight, but at just 300mm wide and 20mm deep you’ll not begrudge carrying it around.
Price: From £1,399 | Amazon | Dell | John Lewis

Designed by Elisa Ossino for luxury Italian stone mason Salvatori, these pleasingly weighty 10cm2 bookends, shown here in classic white Bianco Carrara, but also available in dusky black Nero Marquinia marble, will give your desk a designer flourish without the need to go down the executive toy route.
Price: €280 | Salvatori
Courant Carry charger


Ironically, wireless convenience still tends to rely quite heavily on wires, but Courant has managed to ditch the cables brilliantly, and avoid creating something that looks like a pop-up ad from With an 8,000mAh battery – around two full phone charges – this 10W-max Qi-compatible wireless charging mat is made from matte aluminium alloy with a beautifully textured Italian pebble grain leather cover. Most impressive is the fact that, thanks to that Qi compatibility, as well as giving up power wire-free, you can place it on any charging mat for a wireless top up.
Price: $150 | Courant
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