September is here, which means that students up and down the country are already thinking about what to pack in their bags for the new term. Deciding what to take and what to leave behind can be tricky, so we have complied a list of essentials. From the best desk lamp to the ultimate back pack, these are the items that every fresher needs.
You will be working some of the time and when you do, you need to make sure that you can see clearly; particularly once the sun has gone down. Anglepoise® has been creating task lights for over 80 years and while there might be cheaper models on the market, few can rival Anglepoise®’s style, functionality and longevity. Invest in one of the compact yet stylish options below and it will be lighting up your desk long after you graduate.
1 - Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp - $175
A neat and colorful version of the classic Type 75, this lamp is perfect for spatially-challenged student rooms. There are even accessories like desk inserts or desk clamps for those of you who struggle to find a bit of space on your desk. Shop now.
2 - Original 1227 Mini Table lamp - $155
Compact and full of character. The highly practical integral switch breaks new ground without losing any of the original Anglepoise® spirit. Shop now.
3 - Original 1227 Mini Desk Lamp - $250
It may be two thirds the size of our much-loved Original 1227™ Desk Lamp, but our Original Mini 1227™ desk lamp is a smaller carbon copy of this iconic 1930s design. We created a green version just for MoMa. Shop now.
Extravagant yes, but even students need a little bit of luxury in their lives - especially when it comes in the shape of an Anglepoise® desk lamp that has been reinterpreted by two of the British design industry’s biggest names. Following the success of her Type 75 Desk Lamp Yellow Ochre Edition, Margaret Howell has just launched the Type 75 Desk Lamp Saxon Blue and Seagrass Editions, while Paul Smith has dressed the same lamp in his signature style.
Even the most hi-tech student needs some analog stationery. We love the colorful, graphic Nathalie Pencils from Hay ($2.25) and recommend that you also check out Japanese brand Muji for desk accessories from scissors and staples to page markers and pens.
A tidy desk may not be the sign of a tidy mind, but it will help you find your stuff when you’re late for lectures. Hay’s Organizer (varying sizes and colours at WallpaperSTORE) is designed to hold everything from your phone to your student card.
Drinks and messy desks are a recipe for disaster so get yourself a travel mug. There are lots on the market, but the Vitra Love Heart mug ($20) is a cool favorite.
Let’s face it, student rooms are short on style but a few kitsch cushions and some cool artwork will improve things no end. We like the LemonFace poster by Danish font foundry Playtype ($54) and Thames and Hudson’s new postcard collection ($24.95) which features 100 images from the much-acclaimed Magnum photo archive.
On the Move
Whether you’re going back to school or heading off to University, you will need a backpack that is roomy enough to hold all the day’s stuff and tough enough to outlast the course. The Fjallraven Kanken Classic Back Pack ($75) ticks all the boxes and is a Scandi design classic to boot.
Fjallraven bag - bagatyou.com
Heals Cushion - heals.com
Playtype - futureandfound.com
Postcards - images.bigcartel.com
Muji Kettle & stationery - muji.eu
Vitra Mug - nest.co.uk
Hay Organizer - hay.dk
Hay Pencils - Twentytwentyone
Charlotte Abrahams is a design writer and author. Her latest book. Hygge, A Celebration of Simple Pleasures is out on 19th October.