Best work gadgets: Toys
All work and no play makes you a dull boy or girl, and raises your stress levels to boot. So embrace your fun-loving side today, before cardiac arrest or stapler-hurling hissy fit ruins your working week. From leather-clad chess sets to indoor golf and ten-pin bowling, these are the luxury accessories you need to turn your drab office into a place you’ll enjoy spending time in. Newton’s Cradle not included.
1. Ten-pin miniature set
Focus all your pent-up frustration on these ten 20cm pins.
2. Dal Negro contemporary walnut chess cabinet
Sit this Italian-made chess set on your desk and its handturned maple and walnut pieces will lend you the gravitas of a grand master.
3. Double leather hipflasks
Drinking during offi ce hours isn’t wise, but this duo of three-ounce cognac and espresso, suede fl asks make it ever so appealing.
4. Broadway Cine camera
A brazen exercise in form over function this video cam can’t capture anything on celluloid, but its luxe, vintage-style design will look good on a bookcase.
5. Wooden puzzle three pack
These brain teasers must be taken apart and reassembled. Note: that’s not as easy as it may initially appear…
Link: John Lewis
6. Jackson cigar ashtray
A carved rosewood box replete with cigar cutter and rest. Best saved for the home offi ce for boring, health and safety reasons.
Link: David Linley
7. Office golf set
With a collapsible putter and chrome target this golf set, designed by Marc Berthier, brings the green to you.
8. Apple iPod Touch
The ultimate distraction, the Touch is adept at gaming, music-playing, websurfing and now has a 720p video cam and hi-res display.
Price: FROM £189,
9. Flick football
Swipe the Touch’s screen to net tricky free kicks.