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.

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.

Task table

Egon Eiermann (1904) is one of the most important German designers and architects of his generation. His classic task table is much sought-after and popular with architects.

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.

Task chair

Designed in 1958 by Jørgen Rasmussen as an office chair for Kevi A/S, the Kevi 2533 swivel chair is the most iconic task chair.

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.


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.


Founded in 1915 by Willis Carrier, Carrier is the largest manufacturer and distributor of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in the world.


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.

Desk chair

Designed in 1963 by industrial designer Charles Pollock, the Pollock executive chair is really unique in its kind. It consists of a single single aluminum rim to hold the design together, structurally and visually.

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.


Founded in 1933 by Werner Dorsch as a small retail shop for writing instruments in Frankfurt, WEDO now is an important player on the national and international office product market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 (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.

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.