"People always seem to comment on how expensive Vitsoe is, but they forget that in the 1960's, before the era of disposable furniture, it was significantly less expensive than traditional furniture. The same is still true. Compare a wall of Vitsoe to a wall of shelving from Henredon or Drexel and you would find that it is much less expensive than traditional options.
The irony is that the modernist pieces designed to offer an affordable, honest alternative have now become aspirational. Oddly, the old value proposition still holds. An Eames LCW is a third the price of a side chair from Drexel; it only seems expensive in the modern world where furniture is not a once-in-a-lifetime purchase."CB2 Hi-Gloss Storage Shelf ($99.95) Along with CDs, books, and manuals, these floating shelves provide an awesome way to store your peripherals like your router if you’re unable to incorporate it in plain sight. The hi-gloss white finish paired with the frosted glass will compliment any modern office. Droog’s “Strap” ($30) These elastic wall fixtures fit perfectly within Droog’s collection of playful, modern, and colorful items for the home. Stick anything in Strap that you’d like to have easily accessible but simultaneous on display such as pencils, notes, flowers, or pictures. We think there is a lot of versatility built into this very simple design — be creative and come up with new uses for it. We see potential for a cable management system. West Elm Pratt Wall Accessories Set ($99) We’ve already given you a general overview of West Elm’s new collection designed by the Pratt Institute. This charming wall shelf-cum-organizer features a combination of accessories outfitted specifically for the mounted unit. Included in the package is a picture shelf, pencil holder, and corkboard. We appreciate the flexibility that the moving pieces allow so you can easily customize the shelf to your liking. IKEA’s Lack Wall Shelf ($9.99-$29.99) Its impossible to make a list of this nature without mentioning the ubiquitous Lack shelf. Pure in design, this simple and affordable floating shelf mimics similar products from more expensive big box stores. We love to see them fitted wall to wall (like the closet picture above) which make them look more like high-end, architectural details in a space. The flat board is your blank canvas — arrange whatever you need on it in any combination. Umbra’s Bulletboard ($33.95) Umbra is well known for its sleek, modern sophistication at an affordable price point. This modern day corkboard is a welcomed alternative to the drab, brown boards that plague our offices. Stick important notes or mementos anywhere on this perforated surface. The Container Store’s Polytherm Grid System ($9.99-$16.99) This modular steel organization system isn’t going to win any prizes at a design convention but it is highly functional, cheap, and customizable. We think this would work perfectly in any dorm situation or for anyone who is starting out with a new home office. The possibilities are really endless with all of the extra attachments. If you have a need, this will surely meet it. Antero Kjaer’s DIY Molding Solution ($ — ) No surprise that a DIY enthusiast has crafted her own unique way to organize her paperwork and wires. The worn molding looks perfect with this shabby chic workspace. Simply attach it to the wall and add some nails. This solution looks much classier than sticking things up all willy-nilly on the bare wall. DIY Stash Organizer ($ — ) Boon’s “Stash” organizer is a playful take on organization with its circular compartments that would be perfect for small tools like pencils, scissors, etc… OhDeeOh details an excellent and cheap way to DIY your own (however the original only costs $25) with PVC tubes and spray paint.