Office Equipment

Clutch pencil

Founded in Geneva in 1915, when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory, Caran d’Ache is a Swiss manufacturer of art and luxury writing instruments.

Credit card

Founded in 1850 as an express mail business in Buffalo, the American Express Company is a multinational financial services corporation, best known for its credit cards.

Eraser

Founded in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth, Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth A.S. is a manufacturer of pencils and pens, and is considered the inventor of the modern graphite pencil.

Fountain Pen (classic)

Founded in 1906 by Claus-Johannes Voss, Alfred Nehemias and August Eberstein as the Simplo Filler Pen company, Montblanc International GmbH is a German manufacturer of writing instruments, watches, jewellery and leather goods.

Fountain pen (modern)

Founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy, who was a sales representative for The Parker Pen Company in Germany, Lamy is a producer of writing instruments and a pioneer in the use of moulded synthetic plastics to make their product.

Glue

Coccoina is a non-toxic glue paste made from natural ingredients with the reminiscent smell of sweet almonds…

Glue (stick)

Founded in 1876 by Fritz Henkel, Henkel AG & Company is a German chemical and consumer goods company, active both in the consumer and industrial sector.

Ink (Fountain pen)

Founded in 1670, J. Herbin was specialized in manufacturing sealing wax. From his many journeys to India, Herbin brought back a special lacquer formula which improved the quality of the seals in adhesion and neatness.

Paper cup

Founded in 1907 by Lawrence Luellen, Dixie Cup is the brand name for disposable paper cups. Luellen was concerned about germs being spread by people sharing glasses or dippers at public water dispensers.

Paper cutter

Founded in 1930 by Wilhem Dahle to market a pencil sharpening system, Dahle Bürotechnik GmbH is a manufacturer of quality office products.

Pen (rollerball)

Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.

Pen (technical)

The stylographic pen (a fountain pen with a narrow steel tube instead of a conventional nib) was common in America and in fact pre-dated the conventional fountain pen.

Pencil

Founded in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth, Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth A.S. is a manufacturer of pencils and pens, and is considered the inventor of the modern graphite pencil.

Personal organizer

Founded in 1921 as Norman & Hill but renamed in the 1980s after their most successful product, Filofax is a company based in the UK that produces a range of personal organizer wallets.

Ring binder

Founded in 1871 by Johann Ludwig Leitz as a workshop for the manufacture of metal parts for office organizing materials, Leitz is a world-leader in premium office products and maker of the long-iconic Lever Arch File.

Safe

Founded in 1818 by the Chubb brothers, who served apprenticeships as blacksmiths, Chubbs is a brand of safes and vaults, which offer certified burglary- and fire protection.

Scotch tape

In the 1920s American inventor Richard Drew invented masking tape and cellophane tape. Working at 3M, Drew learned that two-tone auto paintjobs were difficult to manage at the border between the two colors.

Staple puller

Founded in 1924 in Voghera, Italy, Balma Capoduri & C. is a manufacturer of office supplies, including the iconic Coccoina glue which is also featured on Wikiconic.

Sticky Notes

In 1968, working as a scientist at 3M, Spencer Silver wanted to develop the strongest glue in the world. Instead he invented the worst glue: an adhesive that was easily detachable, reusable and pressure-sensitive.