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Karl Springer Furniture

Karl Springer (Germany, 1931–91)

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.

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Karl Springer Pair of Candle Holders in Brass 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of candle stick holders in brass with chrome accents by Karl Springer, American 1980's
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Kyoto Box, 1984
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" in double glaze faux mushroom shagreen lacquer with faux ivory inlay detail on matching Stand by Karl Springer, American, 1984. (Shown with original Karl Springer showroo...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lacquer

Karl Springer Large "Chinese Style Coffee Table" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large "Chinese Style Coffee Table" in pale yellow lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Linen, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" in Brass and Silk Upholstery, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Souffle Ottoman", base in solid seamlessly welded brass with hidden castors and silk upholstery, by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Reference: Karl Springer Red Binder Catalog publ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer "Polaris Armchair" in Silver Leaf and Mohair, circa 1985
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Polaris Armchair" with tea glazed silver leaf frame and newly upholstered in Scalamandre blue mohair by Karl Springer, American, circa 1985. This chair is extremely luxurious.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Silver Leaf

Karl Springer "Bullet" Up Light in Gunmetal, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Bullet" up light in gunmetal by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This comes with the original honeycomb diffuser. This up light is beautifully made.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Karl Springer "Triangular Leg Coffee Table" in Goatskin, 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully made "Triangular Leg Coffee Table" in lacquered goatskin designed by Karl Springer 1980s. Original Label on bottom reads "Karl Springer". This table is meticulously crafted.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Jonson and Marcius Exceptional Box in Glazierite with Bone, 1980s
By Karl Springer, Gene Jonson and Robert Marcius
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional box with sculptural cover in red and black glazierite with bone and brass accents, base in stainless steel and interior in burgundy suede by Johnson and Marcius for Lorin...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Goatskin Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A uniquely shaped vintage modern coffee table by Karl Springer with a lacquered goatskin finish. This sleek cocktail table makes the perfect addition to any home, business, or office...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin

Karl Springer "Spun Shaped Wall Sconce", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Spun Shaped Wall Sconce" in gunmetal with Lucite backs and insert by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Lucite illuminates when lights are on (see photo). Total of 3 are available for p...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Documented Karl Springer Design Stone Lighthouse Table Lamp, Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Amazing pair of stone, brass and chrome table lamps by Karl Springer. Brass tone top cap. Brass underside of shade with mirror chrome finish on top, circa 1980s. Mood lamps with di...
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stone, Steel

Postmodern Karl Springer Design Metal Ball Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Metal ball lamp, documented by designer Karl Springer. "Confetti" painted shapes and colors all the way around, circa 1980s. No shade included.
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Steel

Karl Springer Design Murano Italy Art Glass Candle Pillar Set, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare set of 3 Murano Italy Scarvo art glass candlestick pillars designed by Karl Springer. Shortest is signed/etched "Karl Springer" on base, circa 1980s. They stand 18.50, 16.75 a...
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Art Glass

Pair of Karl Springer Lighthouse Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Karl Springer lighthouse lamps, featuring a solid brass shade over a lacquered wood base.
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20th Century North American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Octagonal Faux-Shagreen and Brass Mirror by Karl Springer, Circa 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Extraordinary, monumental Karl Springer mirror with hand-painted shagreen pattern and polished brass accents, circa 1970s. Beveled mirror insert. This example illustrates Springer's ...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Embossed 1970s Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1970s Karl Springer console wrapped in embossed ivory vinyl. Signed with leather label.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Naugahyde, Wood

Set of Four Onassis White Lacquer Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four "Jackie Onassis" chairs by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Finished in glossy white lacquer and upholstered in a black leather with a slight surface texture. The chairs fea...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather

20th Century American Lucite Table Lamp by Hivo Van Teal
By Hivo Van Teal, Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tall vintage Mid-Century Modern American table lamp made of Lucite and metal. Designed by Hivo Van Teal and produced by Karl Springer. Featuring a one light socket, in good conditi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

20th Century German Desk Lamp, Clear Frosted Lucite Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century Modern German clear frosted acrylic Lucite table lamp in good condition. Designed by Karl Springer, featuring a one light socket. The wires have been renewed. W...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass, Acrylic

Polished Nickel "Bullet" Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare polished nickel "bullet" uplight lamp by Karl Springer.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Nickel

Karl Springer Leather Clad Desk and Chair
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Authentic Karl Springer designed desk and chair. Both pieces are completely clad in leather, circa 1976. Top quality design, materials and craftsmanship. Price is for the desk and ch...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Thick lucite stem with incised center channel on each side sites in chromed base with chrome accents. Highest quality construction.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Coromandel Screen
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Karl Springer Coromandel screen. Authentic and original, circa 1978. Six panels, Decorated on one side with black lacquer overlay on gold and silver gilded background. Red accents. T...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood

Karl Springer Telephone Table in Double Bookmatched Flame Mahogany, 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Tall "Telephone Table" in double bookmatched flame mahogany on brass castors by Karl Springer LTD, American, 2002.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

1970s Goat Skin and Brass Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Pasadena, CA
This chic 1970s mirror features a goat skin frame and a large brass detail at the top.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Lidded Box, circa 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1980s hinged box with gray suede lining by Karl Springer. Exterior is painted in maroon and speckled-yellow bands with gold accent stripes and black-painted ends.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Gold

Karl Springer Pair of "Saturn Mirrors", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Saturn Mirrors" with large curved mirrored panels with bevelled edges by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. These are a matched pair.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer "Chinese Style Game Table" in Embossed Lizard Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Chines Style Game Table" in black embossed lizard by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This piece is meticulously crafted.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Embossed Lizard Extension Game Table 1985 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Game table with leaf in American lizard embossed leather with brass inlays by Karl Springer, American 1985 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1985"). Measures: With leaf: 54 in...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Parsons Style End Tables In Embossed Crocodile Leather 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large parsons style end tables covered in dark brown embossed crocodile leather by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The meticulous craftsmanship and scale of these tables make...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Azure Blue Snake Skin Covered Box
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant and edgy python snake skin covered box by Karl Springer. The top is arched and the interior is blue suede. Chrome piano hinge allows the box to open fully. The azure blue pyt...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Cocktail Table Base with Brass Caps Vintage
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful angled and sculptural Karl Springer table base has brass caps. There is no glass provided for this great base. One piece of Lucite is longer than the other as it curve...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Polished Bronze Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A solid bronze console with glass top by Karl Springer. Exquisitely crafted. Signed on edge. The design is subtle with quite lines that are complemented by the richness of the chosen...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer Lacquer Airport Coffee Table, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Airport coffee table by Karl Springer. Simple geometric design with great proportions. New perfect high gloss lacquer finish.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Karl Springer Mirror Stainless Steel Brass and Wood Dining Game Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A rare table by Karl Springer. Stainless steel frame with brass corners, the top is done in an exotic wood with incredible grain pattern. Superb quality.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Mirror with Bronze Pediments
By Karl Springer
Located in Houston, TX
A vintage rare black and cognacl Karl Springer round mirror with bronze pediments.
Category

20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Ostrich Leather Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage table designed by iconic designer Karl Springer. The table is hand wrapped in ostrich leather with solid brass casters. Karl Springer was well known for using luxury...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Movie Star Glamorous Monumental Karl Springer Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Super chic Mid-Century Modern huge square coffee table by famed designer Karl Springer having embossed faux snakeskin leather top and solid brass base. Brass base measures: H 8" W & ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Extraordinary Pair of Telephone Tables in Mint Shagreen, 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional Telephone tables completely clad in mint shagreen with inset bone detail around top and bottom shelves and with brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American 2002....
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Fine End Table in Red and Black Cobra 1988
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully Crafted Telephone Table style end table in red and black cobra by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer White Crocodile Coffee Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Coffee table covered in white embossed crocodile leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. A beautiful Classic Karl Springer design.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Oak Onassis Chairs by Karl Springer Mid-Century Modern
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of oak Onassis chairs by Karl Springer, Mid-Century Modern, new upholstery in faux sheepskin.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Oak

Contemporary Modern Square Lizard Skin Game Dinette Table Signed Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a high, square, lizard skin game table, signed by Karl Springer, dated 1987. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 38" Sq x 28.5" H.   
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lizard

Karl Springer Wall Hanging "Bullseye Mirror" 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall hanging "Bullseye Mirror" in gray Egyptian porphyry lacquer technique by Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed on back with Springer label).
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Angular Leg" Games Table in Lizard-Embossed Leather, 1987
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Karl Springer "Angular Leg" games table wrapped in black leather embossed with a lizard-skin pattern. Adjustable leveling feet on each leg. Embossed "Karl Springer 1987" sig...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather

Karl Springer End Tables with Shagreen Tops, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Complementary pair of end tables, one covered in black calf skin with top in ivory shagreen with bone inlays and the other covered in black python with top in ivory shagreen, by Karl...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Bone, Shagreen

Karl Springer Bullfrog Skin Box, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural lidded box covered in bullfrog skin with brass hinge by Karl Springe, American, 1970s.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Animal Skin

Karl Springer Gunmetal and Brass Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Two-tier coffee or cocktail table rendered in gunmetal, brass and glass by Karl Springer, signed. Glass shelf height Upper - 17-3/8” Lower - 7-1/2.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Metal, Brass

Karl Springer Illuminated Cocktail Table, circa 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An unusual 1970s, Karl Springer coffee table with a faceted, rectangular top covered in lacquered black linen fabric with inset bone trim, over a recessed pedestal base illuminated b...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Linen

Karl Springer Chic "JMF Bench" in Solid Brass Base Early-2000s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Bench" with solid brass base and upholstered seat by Karl Springer LTD, American early 2000s (signed). This has been reupholstered in a beautiful velvet. A Classic Springer design.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer "Angular Leg Coffee Table" in Embossed Leather, 1985 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Angular Leg Coffee Table" in two-tone gunmetal American lizard embossed leather with brass sabots by Karl Springer, American, 1985 (signed). The beautiful materials and meticulous c...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Karl Springer White Lacquered Wood "JMF" Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
These pair of high gloss white lacquered wood KMF chairs by Karl Springer are simultaneously sculptural and linear with concave seats and backs. Surprisingly comfortable and very chi...
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20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Postmodern Snakeskin and Brass Telephone Side or End Table, 1990
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Postmodern 'telephone' side or end table by designer Karl Springer, 1990. Table is covered in a beautiful authentic snakeskin in a medium brown and supported by small bra...
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1990s American Post-Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Pair of "Spun Shaped Wall Sconces" by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Spun Shaped Wall Sconces" in gunmetal with Lucite backs and inserts by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Lucite illuminates when lights are on (see photo). Total of three ar...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer Floor Lamp in Suede and Chrome with Glass Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional floor lamp in suede and chrome with incorporated glass table by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Meticulous craftsmanship and beautiful materials are hallmarks of Karl Spr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" with Brass Base, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Souffle Ottoman" with polished brass base on hidden castors by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. A Classic Springer design.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Pair of "Venetian Glass Wall Sconces", 1980s
By Seguso, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Venetian Glass Wall Sconces" in artisan metallic white scavo glass with Lucite backs and brass accents by Seguso for Karl Springer, Murano, Italy, 1980s.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Chrome and Brass Vanity Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Karl Springer mirror made in solid brass and chromed steel. Large scale tabletop or vanity mirror in original condition with natural aged patina to the brass. The revolving mirror ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome