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Karl Springer

American, German, 1931-1991

The Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer brought a chic, high-fashion sensibility to furnishings. During his heyday in the 1970s, Springer’s work was a favorite of the glamour set, who enjoyed the novelty of pieces finished in rich and striking materials that ranged from exotic hides and skins to lacquer and chromed metal. In a sense, Springer was a pre-postmodernist. Much as the dull, safe, corporate sameness of late 20th-century modernism prompted Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves and others to explore new and provocative structures and materials in design and architecture, so, too, was Springer driven to enliven his creations with fresh and alluring energy and sleekness.

Springer came to New York in the late 1950s and found work arranging window displays at the department store Lord & Taylor. He had studied bookbinding in Germany, and, using his meticulous skills, he began crafting desk accessories wrapped in leather as a sideline. These pieces were sold in luxury stores like Bergdorf Goodman, and drew a sophisticated clientele that included the Duchess of Windsor. By 1965, he had established his own Manhattan atelier, and at his death he had showrooms as far afield as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Munich.

The chairs, tables, credenzas and other furniture forms Springer created are generally simple, but substantial, and often have robust, rounded lines. The attraction of Springer’s work lies in his insistence on exacting construction and, above all, his eye for unusual materials and finishes. He employed Lucite, brass, and gunmetal along with chromed and polished steel, and revived exquisite finishes rarely seen since the days of Art Deco masters such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank: shagreen (a type of sharkskin), python, goatskin, bone, horn, and lacquered parchment, as well as fabrics that include batik prints. Made of such materials, Springer’s work is by its very nature flamboyant and eye-catching: a suite of pieces will astonish, and an artfully placed side table in exotic hide will add a surprising spark.

Karl Springer Elegant Pair of White Scavo Glass Torcheres, 1980s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "White Venetian Glass Torcheres" with scavo finish by Seguso for Karl Springer, American 1980's. These art pieces were hand-made by Seguso in Murano Italy exclusively for Kar...
Category

1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer Lucite Greek Key Bench Ottoman
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A Lucite stool by Karl Springer. Signed on bottom edge. New boucle upholstery.
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer

Materials

Bouclé, Lucite

Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer nude leather Tulip armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Four chairs total available.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer

Materials

Leather

  • Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
  • Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
  • Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
  • Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
H 29.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 19.5 in.
Karl Springer Pair "Souffle" Ottomans with Brass Bases ca 2000
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle" ottomans with bases in solid brass with recessed castors by Karl Springer LTD, American, ca 2000. These have been newly upholstered in deep blue velvet.
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Pair of "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" with Up Lights, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Matched rare pair of monumental "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" completely covered in beveled mirror panels with up lights inside dome tops by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These mirro...
Category

1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Italian Scavo Murano Glass Candlestick by Karl Springer for Seguso
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1980’s glamorous Italian Scavo Murano glass candlestick designed by Karl Springer for Seguso. Constructed of rough texture amber and clear Murano glass. Measurements: 18.25” high...
Category

1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer

Materials

Murano Glass

Karl Spinger 1970s Parchment Coffee Table Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
An original 1970s two tier cream parchment cocktail table. Original label.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer

Materials

Hardwood, Parchment Paper

  • Karl Spinger 1970s Parchment Coffee Table Signed
  • Karl Spinger 1970s Parchment Coffee Table Signed
  • Karl Spinger 1970s Parchment Coffee Table Signed
  • Karl Spinger 1970s Parchment Coffee Table Signed
H 16.0 in. W 24.0 in. D 36.0 in.
Karl Springer Steel Blue Goatskin Floating Coffee Table, Brass Trim, 1987
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Karl Springer powder blue goatskin floating coffee table, brass trim, 1987. Custom piece by Springer for a massive, eclectic Newport estate with a living and dining room almost entir...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer

Materials

Brass

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