Some perceive it as a “Gem” of design. Others might view it as an Objet d’art. And still others see it as the perfect lockpick. (Hmmm.)

Whatever your point of view, this inhabitant of offices everywhere has been stared at, thought about, and utilized for over 100 years. And it has remained basically unchanged. There is a powerful lesson here—a great solution is simple, purposeful, and gets results. A notion that is as pertinent today as it was in the 19th century. So, the next time you’re looking for a little design inspiration—reach back into your desk drawer, past the gum wrappers, cracker crumbs, and unpaid parking tickets…

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