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October 12, 2015

Twice a year, several of the world’s best design brands offer rare discounts on their products. Take a look at ten of our favorite furnishings and accessories from the October sales, including furniture from Kartell and Artek, accessories from Tom Dixon and Vitra, and more. Be sure to check out the full semi-annual sale roundup at the Dwell Store.

Colorful midcentury clock designed by George Nelson

Now considered an icon of midcentury design, the Ball Clock is a distinct departure from traditional clocks with faces enclosed in glass—alternatively, the Ball Clock is comprised of twelve brass spindles that end in solid hardwood spheres that mark the time, instead of a conventionally numbered face. The clock hands have clearly marked indicators, which is consistent with many of George Nelson’s other clock designs. 

 

This clock, along with other Vitra designs, is 15% off until October 22, 2015. 

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Iconic armchair in clear plastic finish

Designed by Phillippe Starck, the Louis Ghost Chair is a reinvention of the classic Louis XV chair. The Louis Ghost Chair features a rounded, oval backrest that delicately rests atop a linear, square seat. Crafted from clear polycarbonate and formed in a singular mold, the Louis is an armchair that can be used both indoors and outdoors. The classic chair is sold as a set of two. 

 

This set of two chairs, along with other Kartell products, is 15% off until October 22, 2015.

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Copper desk accessories collection

The Cube Collection from Tom Dixon Studio is a desk accessory series that is at once sophisticated and simple. Including a stapler, tape dispenser, tidy tray, and pen, the Cube Collection is stripped of superfluous details and instead focuses on the primary function of each piece. Crafted from a resilient zinc alloy, the Cube Collection is finished with a copper plate, adding luxe shine to each piece in the collection.

 

This collection, along with other Tom Dixon products, is 15% off until October 18, 2015.

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Ceramic cylindrical planter with walnut wood stand

The Case Study Ceramic Cylinder Planter was originally designed during the post-WW2 architecture and design period. The ceramic planter is defined by its basic geometric shape—a cylinder—and its simple, clean finish. The Case Study Ceramic Cylinder is designed to be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces, and is supported by a Brazilian walnut stand. 

 

This planter is 15% off until October 22, 2015.

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Marble cutting board, grinder, mortar and pestle

From the British design outfit Tom Dixon, this Stone Chopping Board adapts to your culinary needs, elegantly accompanying you as you work and serve. A slab of carved white Morwad marble provides the perfect base for chopping, cutting, and rolling, while the delicate, hand-formed brass saucer can be used to collect crumbs, hold dips, or whatever else you may need it for. The cutting board is shown with Tom Dixon’s Mortar and Pestle and Spice Grinder.

 

These pieces are 15% off until October 22, 2015. 

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Classic tea trolley with black laminate trays

Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936, the Artek 901 Tea Trolley is a surprisingly contemporary take on traditional bar carts and tea trays. The sculpted, natural lacquered birch frame is paired with two shelves and white lacquered MDF wheels with black rubber rings to provide smooth movement without damaging floors. The trolley is defined by its play of sharp and soft corners, rectangular and round shapes. The result is a well-balanced piece of furniture that can be used in a dining room, living room, or kitchen. 

 

This trolley, along with other Artek designs, is 15% off until October 22, 2015.

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Platform bed made from molded wood

The Case Study Alpine Platform Bed takes a functional home furnishing and recasts it as an attractive, sculptural accent. The first bed of its kind, the Alpine Platform Bed is defined by its simple silhouette, fluid lines, and layers of molded wood. The entire structure of the bed, inclusive of the headboard and legs, are comprised of 16 layers of North American maple wood and top and bottom veneers of North American walnut wood. Featuring a purposeful angle, the headboard is designed to give back support while reading or watching television. 

 

This bed is 15% off until October 22, 2015. 

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Sculptural set of cork stools

Conceptual designer Jasper Morrison designed the Cork Stool family for Vitra in 2004. Each stool is shaped from a substantial piece of pressed agglomerate cork for a sculptural look with a surprising lightweight feel. The Cork Stool features a light and velvety touch and is easily transported, making it a versatile addition to a variety of interiors. The unexpected material mimics a light, knotty wood, but is distinctive, tactile, and will complement both traditional and modern spaces. Available in three styles—A, B, and C.

 

These stools are 15% off until October 22, 2015. 

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Square plastic side table in translucent colors

Designed by Phillipe Starck, the Ghost Buster can be used as a nightstand, side table, or end table. The Ghost Buster is defined by its straight lines and large square top that can be used to store books, picture frames, and other small accessories. The Ghost Buster has four slim legs that support the open cube, giving the table both a sturdy, sculptural look and a sense of openness and lightness. The table is made from transparent or batch-dyed PMMA plastic, and is a flexible option for both interior spaces and outdoor patios and porches. 

 

This table is on sale for 15% off until October 22, 2015.

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White laminate magazine stand with carrying handle

With a shape that is at once unexpected and timeless, the Kanto Magazine Rack is a container that has been stripped to its most essential form. The Kanto can hold a stack of magazines, books, or newspapers, and can even be used to hold firewood beside a hearth. The Kanto includes a convenient handle, making it easy to move the rack without having to carry its contents separately. Made of pressed birch plywood, the Kanto is sturdy and simple, and is designed to communicate with existing decor, rather than distract from it. 

 

This design is on sale for 15% off until October 22, 2015.

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Colorful midcentury clock designed by George Nelson

Now considered an icon of midcentury design, the Ball Clock is a distinct departure from traditional clocks with faces enclosed in glass—alternatively, the Ball Clock is comprised of twelve brass spindles that end in solid hardwood spheres that mark the time, instead of a conventionally numbered face. The clock hands have clearly marked indicators, which is consistent with many of George Nelson’s other clock designs. 

 

This clock, along with other Vitra designs, is 15% off until October 22, 2015. 

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