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Poppin

Add a little color to the workplace with a new online Mecca of office supplies

by Nicholena Moon in Design on 21 June 2011

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If you've reached the stage of adulthood where you pay for office supplies, the candy-colored hues and clean design of just-launched Poppin is a "cheap and cheerful" choice. Jazzed-up desk-cessories include bright yellow staplers, pretty pink tape dispensers (both $8) and almost any color of ballpoint pen imaginable.

Among the surplus of clipboards, scissors and tape, a few items really stand out for their effective design. The chunky plastic ruler's easy-to-read type ($5) is as great for grade-schoolers as it is for aging adults, and the glass dry-erase board ($695) adds a touch of class to conference rooms. Even glue ($2) gets the Poppin makeover, turning the DIY necessity into a sleek desk item.

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But Poppin is more than a full range of better-designed office supplies. The brand, cofounded by Ken Seiff (known for starting Bluefly), makes "looking at, buying and using office supplies an extraordinary experience" by making their site user-friendly—and the only way to buy their products. Easy to navigate, organized by category, color or by bundle, the design makes re-ordering a snap too. Simply sign up to store shipping addresses, view past orders and save your account information.

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From file folders to a forthcoming furniture collection, whether for your cube or dorm, Poppin gives the stale work scene a colorful boost.

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