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Score an A+ With These Stylish Dorm Room Essentials

Eye-catching Task Lamps

No doubt, desk lamps are a dorm room must, but that doesn't mean they have to be forgettable. When packing both good looks and cutting-edge technology, an eye-catching desk lamp can turn the most ordinary desk into an inspiring workspace. The Muuto Leaf Table Lamp, above, which features a moveable leaf-like head and slender body, is a surefire attention grabber, while the Pablo Pixo Optical Task Lamp, with its playful profile, a base that rotates 360 degrees, and an integrated USB port for charging devices, aces the dorm room lighting test.

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Sleek Desktop Organization

Digital technology aside, an organized desk makes cranking out papers and cramming for tests a whole lot easier—and easy on the eye. Office accessories—trays for corralling random papers, letter holders, containers for pens and pencils—are more elegant than ever, and keep school-related sundries nicely buttoned up. Ferm Living's gleaming Brass Pencil Holder, above, holds a lot more than just pencils, and is pretty enough to display front and center, while the neatly stitched Thomas Tray from Calligaris makes room for everything from unopened mail to classroom notes.

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Space-saving Storage Bins & Baskets

Dorm rooms rarely have enough storage space, and springing from some storage boxes and baskets is an ideal small-space answer. Felt storage containers, like the Muuto Restore Baskets, featured above, are so well constructed and roomy, you'll be tempted to throw everything from digital devices to fashion accessories into them. Ferm Living lidded boxes, like the pretty Marble Tins, are compact, durable, and versatile enough to hold everything from mementos and maps to jewelry and scarves. And keep the Calligaris Connor Basket at bedside, ideal for holding your late-night reading material.

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Decorative Statement Lighting

Task lamps are all well and good, but adding some nuanced lighting is a breeze with portable lamps and artful text lighting. The Carrie Portable LED Lamp from MENU is seriously Scandi-cool, and sits comfortably on the bed when you feel like reading into the wee hours without disturbing your roomie. Text lighting—like the Seletti Neon Font Lamp—is part lamp, part art piece, adding a fun retro vibe to a dorm room with a single letter or a favorite phrase. The Seletti Alphacrete Neon Lamp is strong and sturdy, ready to light up an empty window or crammed bookshelf.

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Cool Contemporary Fans

Air circulation is key in a cramped space, no matter the weather, and a table fan does the job nicely. With a whole range of cool, affordable designs to choose from, finding a compact and efficient table fan is a breeze. The Tim USB Fan is perfectly sized for bedside or desktop, and comes in 3 colors to match up with any dorm decor. Ditto the super sleek Stadler Form Q Fan, a stainless steel number which is as shiny-sleek as any digital device, and the Modern Forms UrbanJet Portable Fan has a striking vintage silhouette and some snazzy colors to go with it.  

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