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Karl Springer Furniture

Karl Springer (Germany, 1931–91)
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 Tall Telephone Table in Brown Cobra Skin 2002 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Tall "Telephone Table" in rich brown cobra on brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American, 2002. (Signed on bottom).
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Table Lamp in Brown Whip Snake by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Table lamp covered in brown whip snake with bronze hardware designed by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Category

Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Coffee table by Karl Springer wrapped in python snake skin. Hand-signed to underside [Karl Springer 1987].
Category

1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

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

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Ivory Lacquer with Chrome Accents, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
8 Sided mirror with custom artisan ivory lacquer and polished chrome accents by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The mirror is beveled. A classic Springer design. Reference: Karl ...
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1970s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome

Signed Karl Springer Glass Top Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
Signed Karl Springer glass top coffee table. This spectacular Mid-Century Modern sculpture leg coffee or cocktail table by Karl Springer, circa 1970s is a must have for any Mid-Centu...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer "Trestle Style Console Table" in Lucite, 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Trestle Style Console Table" in thick molded Lucite by Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed on base “Karl Springer”).
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Zebrawood Writing Desk with Stainless Steel and Brass Accents
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Karl Springer zebrawood writing desk with stainless steel and brass accents Offered for sale is a highly polished Karl Springer exotic zebrawood writing desk with a stainless stee...
Category

Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Pair of 1960s Karl Springer Square Parchment Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
A gorgeous pair of Karl Springer goatskin parchment square side tables. The parchment has a beautiful color variation of tans and browns and lacquer top coat, circa 1960s.
Category

1960s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Signed Modernist Karl Springer Hexagonal Table Lamp in Buff-Colored Snakeskin
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
This refined table lamp was designed by Karl Springer, circa 1980, and realized in the United States. Springer, who began his career by crafting small desktop accessories, took inspi...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Animal Skin, Lucite

Pair of Liquid Lucite Column Table Lamps by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Two large Lucite column table lamps composed of three stacked rectangular blocks with nickel fittings and original parchment shades, circa 1970s.
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer "Royal Palm 4 Door Cabinet" in Lacquered Goatskin ca. 1990
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Royal Palm 4 Door Cabinet" in chestnut color lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American ca. 1990. This cabinet exemplifies Karl Springer’s craftsmanship and fine materials which ...
Category

1990s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer LTD, Onassis Chair, USA
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
An iconic form by Karl Springer, the Onassis chairs, originally commission by Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis, feature a barrel back and semi–circular arm rests. The chairs can be commissi...
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2010s American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Maple, Goatskin

Royal Palm Lacquered Goatskin Credenza, USA
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Available exclusively at Todd Merrill Studio, the Karl Springer LTD Royal Palm cabinet features a grid inlay of lacquered goatskin, available in a variety of colorways. The interior,...
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2010s American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Vintage Embossed Leather Desk by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
An elegant vintage leather desk designed by iconic designer Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1970s. Standing out for its minimalist design, this desk has 2 large drawers tha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Superb Large Extension Dining Table in Macassar Ebony, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large knife edge extension dining table with 2 matching leaves, top in book-matched Macassar ebony with inlays, with double pedestal bases and solid brass feet by Karl Springer, Amer...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Midcentury Lacquered Goat Skin Side End Table
By Karl Springer
Located in La Grange, IL
Karl Springer midcentury lacquered goat skin side end table Table measures: 36.5 wide x 24.5 deep x 25.75 inches high This piece is available in what we call restored vintage con...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Signed Karl Springer Table Lamp with a Sandblasted Glass Base, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Vienna, AT
An impressive and rare table lamp by Karl Springer in the 1970s. Has a beautiful sandblasted glass base. In excellent condition, has a refurbished lampshade. Signed on bottom.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass

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...
Category

Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Metal

Dark Brown Scored Leather Bench by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1970s H dark brown scored leather bench by renowned designer Karl Springer. The bench is constructed of wood covered in dark brown scored leather. Newly restored. Shows minor wea...
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer "Bristol Coffee Table" in Lacquered Goatskin circa 1990 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Bristol Coffee Table" in dark brown lacquered goatskin with ivory goatskin sabots by Karl Springer, American circa 1990 (signed on bottom). This coffee table is beautifully made and...
Category

1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Chic Artisan Table Lamp, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Artisan table lamp with curved ends in green tinted silver leaf with ebonized center section and chrome hardware by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This lamp is very chic and beautifu...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Silver Leaf

Karl Springer Elegant Pair of Table Lamps in Brass and Beige Suede, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional pair of "Pagota Table Lamps" in brass covered in beige suede by Karl Springer, American 1970s. Height is adjustable.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Large Handcrafted Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Linen 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large handcrafted octagonal wall hanging mirror in 2-tone lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The two-tone lacquered linen is gray and blue. A beautiful design.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Linen, Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer "JMF Chair" in Tessellated Fossil Stone, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Chair" in tessellated beige fossil stone with brass sabots by Karl Springer, American 1970s.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stone, Brass

Karl Springer Complete Set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in Polished Brass 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important complete set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in polished brass with black glass tops by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This is considered one of Springer’s best co...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer "Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table" in Chinese red lacquer by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. The craftsmanship of this coffee table is impeccable. We are going to re-lacquer it so you...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Pair of "Venetian Glass Wall Sconces" 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Venetian Glass Wall Sconces" in black scavo glass with illuminating Lucite backs by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Both sconces are signed, "Karl Springer" on bottoms.
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Tapering Pedestal in Embossed Ostrich Foot Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Tapering pedestal covered in embossed ostrich foot leather by Karl Springer, American 1970s. Provenance: Purchased from a former employee of Karl Springer Ltd.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Ostrich Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Brass and Goatskin Coffee Table with Storage
By Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A well crafted coffee table covered in tri colored goatskin / parchment and lacquer having polished brass feet and handles which when opened revels a nice sized storage area. A piece...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Large Wall Hanging Mirror in Python, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large "Half Round Molding Mirror" covered in python with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This mirror is a superb example of Karl Springer’s craftsmanship. Referen...
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Python

Karl Springer "Sculpture Benches" in White Lacquer with Seat Cushions, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Sculpture Benches" in white lacquer with upholstered seat cushions by Karl Springer, American 1970s. New cushions by Lobel Modern in a gray fabric. These are being sold indi...
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

Python Covered Parson Table Designed by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A signed and dated Parsons table by Karl Springer. Covered Python, 1991.
Category

1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Python

Karl Springer Set of 12 "J.M.F. Dining Chairs", 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 "J.M.F. Dining Chairs" covered in gray ultra suede with upholstered seats by Karl Springer, American 1970's. These chairs are chic and very comfortable. Reference: Karl ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Ultrasuede, Wood

Crushed Shell Veneered Coffee Table by Karl Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A large square crushed shell veneered coffee table by Karl Springer, in deep brown/purple and detailed with fine patinated brass inlay, retains Makers Mark, 1980s. Karl Springer est...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Shell

Pair of Tessellated Bone Veneered Dining Chairs, 1970s
By Enrique Garcel, Karl Springer
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A pair of tessellated bone veneered carver dining chairs with scrolling arms and sabre legs and completed in a deep purple wax upholstery, designed by Enrique Garcel for Karl Springe...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bone

Lizard Skin Game Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Plainview, NY
A lizard skin game table by Karl Springer. The table features a chess and backgammon board games. It is beautifully brass decorated and the beige lizard skin color is classy and will...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Clear and Marbleized Brown Bubble Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful rare pair of Karl Springer clear and cased brown Lucite bubble lamps. A central stem in chrome hold two-light sockets.
Category

1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Acrylic

Karl Springer "Athena Pedestal" in Chrome with Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Athena Pedestal" in polished chrome with inset brass channel by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Springer loved to mix metals in luxurious ways. This pedestal exemplifies that.
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer "J.M.F. Floor Lamp" in Gunmetal Glazierite, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"J.M.F. Floor Lamp" in gunmetal glazierite with polished brass base and hardware and parchment shade by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Glazierite was a type of resin that the crafts...
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer, Mark V Coffee Table, United States, circa 2001
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Springer’s primary aesthetic influence was Art Deco, and his work is heavily indebted to its greats, such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank. His work possesses the beau...
Category

Early 2000s American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Iron

Karl Springer Rare Illuminating Glass and Bronze Vanity Mirror, 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and rare 3-part illuminating vanity mirror in hand blown green glass with artisan bronze fittings by Seguso (Murano Italy) for Karl Springer, American, 1980s (etched “KAR...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Covered Game Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is an early signed Springer creation. The " lid " is reversible, python when closed, or, with a backgammon board. The python colors are deep, variety and distinctive. The int...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood, Python

Karl Springer "Jansen Style Coffee Table," 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Jansen Style Coffee Table" in brushed pewter with smoke glass top by Karl Springer, American 2002. This was a custom order made by Springer's fabricator's in 2002.
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer "Regency Arm Chair" in Lacewood Veneer, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Regency armchair" in lacewood veneer with leather seat and back by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Brass and Tessellated Travertine Coffee Table, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer brass and tessellated travertine coffee table, circa 1970s.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Travertine, Brass

Signed Karl Springer Python Skin Parsons Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A Karl Springer python skin Parsons table signed with leather tag on the underside. Signed and dated 1991.
Category

Karl Springer Furniture

Karl Springer Wall Hanging Mirror Covered in Black Cobra, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Half Round Molding Mirror with Step Down Detail" covered in black cobra by Karl Springer, American 1970s. The craftsmanship of this mirror is exceptional.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Animal Skin, Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer Embossed Leather Square Game Dining Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern embossed leather square game dining table by Karl Springer.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Rare Karl Springer Dowelwood Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Sheepskin Cushions
By Karl Springer
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is a fabulous example of Karl Springer's acclaimed and rare cerused oak "Dowelwood" line. An extra large lounge seat and a huge matching ottoman make for the perfect place to sp...
Category

1970s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Sheepskin, Oak

Karl Springer Rare Prototype Candleholders in Lucite and Brass circa 1985, Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare prototype candleholders in Lucite and brass by Karl Springer, American, circa 1985. Only a small number of these were made. Provenance: From the Collection of a Karl...
Category

1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Credenza in Lacquered Mahogany with Oxidized Bronze Doors, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Meticulously crafted T-style cabinet in mirror lacquered mahogany with oxidized bronze doors and brass pulls by Karl Springer, American 1980s. This is rare design with extraordinary ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Karl Springer Brass and Gunmetal Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Two-tier cocktail table in dark mirror polished steel with brass accents, and original bronze glass. Classic Springer design with the expected high quality construction. Stamped sign...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer Scavo Glass Floor Lamp, Seguso, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Scavo glass floor lamp, Seguso 1980. Murano Scavo glass torchere floor lamp designed by Karl Springer for Seguso, Italy, circa 1980.  
Category

1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass

Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Lucite floor lamp, circa 1970. Chrome base.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Dallas, TX
A large lacquered console table by Karl Springer. This had a partial Karl Springer label under it prior to restoration.
Category

1970s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Original Karl Springer Television Cabinet 1989 Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Cabinet covered in goatskin with clear finish. Two doors with stainless steel pulls, cabinet has black interior.
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Pair of Monumental Hand Blown Scavo Glass Urns 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer, Seguso
Located in New York, NY
Pair of monumental hand blown glass urns or vases, black with scavo (rough) finish, by Seguso (Murano, Italy) for Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed on bottom “Karl Springer”). Th...
Category

1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass

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