Grown-up desk toys that improve workspaces and give brains a break.

Photograph by Andrew B. Meyers for Bloomberg Businessweek

Grown-up desk toys that improve workspaces and give brains a break.

Photograph by Andrew B. Meyers for Bloomberg Businessweek

Desk Toys for Adults at Play in the Office

Well-Designed Distractions
Well-Designed Distractions

Grown-up desk toys that improve workspaces and give brains a break.

Photograph by Andrew B. Meyers for Bloomberg Businessweek
Key Target
Key Target

Key Target by Bower for Areaware
$65; areaware.com

It makes desk organization more fun: Just toss your paper clips or house keys, and if your aim is good, they’ll stick to a series of magnets hidden inside.

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Elliptical Desktop Mobile
Elliptical Desktop Mobile

Elliptical Desktop Mobile by Ekko Workshop
$50; ekkoworkshop.com

It’s like an Alexander Calder art mobile for your desk. The three colored pieces sway in tandem when disrupted by a breeze or a meddling colleague’s touch.

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Cast Mini Jack
Cast Mini Jack

Cast Mini Jack by Tom Dixon
$95; tomdixon.net

There’s something refined about an old-fashioned paperweight shaped like a jack, and the copper will take on a cool patina as it ages.

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Desktop Bag Toss Game
Desktop Bag Toss Game

Desktop Bag Toss Game by Kikkerland
$17; kikkerland.com

This mini edition of cornhole—a game popular at frat houses and family picnics—is a great way to settle disagreements at work. Loser gets the coffee.

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Balance Studies
Balance Studies

Balance Studies by Ladies & Gentleman Studio
$125; ladiesandgentlemanstudio.com

Inspired by the chrome balancing toys from the power-dressing offices of the 1980s, this contemporary version—handmade of brass, copper, and wood—creates a more abstract shape.

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Mini Shapemaker Blocks
Mini Shapemaker Blocks

Mini Shapemaker Blocks by Miller Goodman
$45; aplusrstore.com

Twenty-five blocks are painted with bold, Sixties-look shapes so procrastinators can dream up any picture possible, from cute bunny rabbits to lucha libre wrestlers.

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Brass Tic Tac Toe Set
Brass Tic Tac Toe Set

Brass Tic Tac Toe Set by Jonathan Adler
$195; jonathanadler.com

With nine polished-brass pieces, this fancy 3D upgrade of the child’s game is great for bonding with—and impressing—your underlings.

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Biza Wooden Puzzle
Biza Wooden Puzzle

Biza Wooden Puzzle by Jaques London
$8; jacquesamerica.com

Pretty impossible to untangle the first time you try, but once you figure it out, the real joy comes from watching your know-it-all co-worker give it a go.

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Metal Spinning Tops
Metal Spinning Tops

Metal Spinning Tops by Karas Kustoms
$18 each; kaufmann-mercantile.com

These aluminum tops were engineered to have a lower center of gravity than most, so they don’t topple over for a while. Spin one for a quick distraction when you’re stumped.

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Bare Bones Dominoes
Bare Bones Dominoes

Bare Bones Dominoes by the Principals
$60; theprincipals.us

An elegant mix of cast concrete and sleek lines, the set is as useful for decorating your office as it is for trying to remember how to play the game.

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