Sam Flax

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You wish you were working in a hip loft space, but your cubicle looks like it belongs on the set of The Office. The solution? Spice up your workspace with goods from this indie answer to Staples. The giant warehouselike space is filled with racks of office gear, paper products and art supplies, plus a custom-framing station and office furniture in the back. But where the New York chainlet really excels is with its large selection of offbeat desk decor. Items like Buddha-shaped bookends ($20), graphic-print file folders (six for $9), lightbulb-shaped sticky notes ($7) and notebooks adorned with Japanese-inspired mushroom, dinosaur and panda cartoons ($7) make even paper-pushing seem like more fun.
Venue name: Sam Flax
Address: 3 W 20th St
New York

Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9:30am–7pm, Sat noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to 23rd St (Broadway)
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