Desktop accessories might be a bit of a dying breed, but, dammit, it's still nice to have a place to keep your phone, change, pencils, and pocket ephemera organized.

As part of the new Design Made in France Expo, ten young designers were tasked with resurrecting the form; each was given a single slab of solid oak with the brief to create a functional, clean-lined "pocket" to hold onto the stuff that makes for messy workstations.

Pierre Dubourg

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Bertrand Besnard

Considering the blank slate they began with, it's neat to see all the different incarnations that emerged in the span of ten days.

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Mickael Dejean

Mickael Dejean

Between the slats, divots, platforms, and moving parts, I was trying to pick a favorite, but they all have their charms. Given the junk you've got to contend with, which would be your pick for the ideal desktop sidekick? [notcot]

Lead image: Jonathan Le Monnier, Romain Jung and Lili Cheng, Lionel Dinis Salazar, Paul Venaille, Florent Degourc, Tony Bougaran