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Karl Springer Furniture

American, German, 1931-1991
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.

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Karl Springer Pair of "Dowelwood Armchairs and Ottomans", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare and exceptional "Dowelwood Armchairs and Ottomans" in ceruse oak with cow hide cushions by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The scale and meticulous craftsmanship of thes...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Cowhide, Upholstery, Oak

Karl Springer "Spun Shaped Torchere" in Gunmetal and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare artisan made "Spun Shaped Torchere" in gunmetal and gold-tinted brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The quality of the craftsmanship is off the charts. Reference: Karl ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Gold, Brass, Nickel

Karl Springer Pair of Swivel Chairs in Camel Edelman Leather and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer documented rare pair of swivel chairs in camel leather with brass bases, USA, 1980s. This incredibly chic pair of swivel chairs has been fully restored and newly reupho...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Pierre Sabatier, Rectangular Lava Stone & Metal Coffee Table, France, c. 1965
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A large, rare rectangular coffee table in glazed lava stone and blackened metal by French designer Pierre Sabatier.
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lava, Metal

Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin Credenza
By Karl Springer, Aldo Tura
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Don't miss this piece. This Massive Karl Springer piece is fantastic. Measuring in at 9 feet in length, it truly is unlike any piece of its kind. Finished in the notorious goatski...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Lacquer, Goatskin

Karl Springer "Bullet Up Light" in Polished Chrome 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Bullet Up Light" in polished chrome with honeycomb diffuser by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This is a meticulously crafted accent light.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal, Chrome

Karl Springer Rare Pair of Waterfall Side Tables in Black Lizard Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer rare pair of waterfall side or end tables covered in black lizard leather with brass drawers and original thick glass shelves below, USA, 1970s. These exquisite pair of...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Pair of "Square Fluted Column Lamps" in Chrome, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional pair of "Square Fluted Column Lamps" in brushed and polished chrome by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed "Karl Springer" on both). As with all Karl Springer pieces, ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome

Karl Springer Exceptional Artisan Bronze Orb Sculpture, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive artisan bronze orb sculpture with incised abstract textural design on ebonized wooden Stand by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Karl Springer always utilized the ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer "White Venetian Glass Floor Lamp" in Scavo Glass with Bronze 1980s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"White Venetian Glass Floor Lamp" with bronze base and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The glass portion was made by Seguso in Murano for Karl Springer. Measures: Shad...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

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

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Lucite

Pair Vintage Karl Springer Hand Chipped Glass & Polished Steel Percell Sconces
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of hand chipped green glass sconces with polished stainless steel by Karl Springer, after Jean Perzel. With inset metal mesh light diffuser.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Exceptional Vintage Lucite and Glass Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional vintage lucite and glass coffee table designed by Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1980s. This coffee table has a unique design in which its construction materia...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Leather Clad Armchairs Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchairs fully clad in leather by Karl Springer, signed 1982.
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Karl Springer & Lynn Shelton, Coffee Table, Painted Paper, Wood, America, c 1980
By Karl Springer, Lynn Shelton
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An organic / biomorphic coffee / cocktail table, designed and produced by Karl Springer, painted by Lynn Shelton in beige / yellow tones, c. 1980. Signed Lynn Shelton 11/80' along lo...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Plywood, Paper

Vintage Ostrich Leather Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage table designed by iconic designer Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1980s. This table has a simple but functional design, the table is hand wrapped in ostric...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

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

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Lucite Sculpture Leg Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Lucite sculpture leg coffee table by Karl Springer with glass top.
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Python Console on Brass Base, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Striking console table designed and produced by Karl Springer in the mid-1970s. The top is covered in Python and the base is made of solid polished brass. Authentication by Tom Lange...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Monumental Parchment Mirrors by Karl Springer, circa 1975
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
This is a very impressive pair of mirrors in excellent condition, designed and manufacturers by the noted designer Karl Springer. They come with authentication documentation. Measuri...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin

Karl Springer JMF Lacquered Goatskin Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of tall back goatskin covered chairs with a high toned lacquered finish having a simple sophisticated elegant look . Produced in the 1970's this chair has stood the design tes...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood

Massive Pair of Karl Springer Purcell Sconces in Gun Metal finish , 1970s , USA
By Karl Springer
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Iconic pair of Art Deco style sconces.  Extremely light conductive vertical sculptural (waterfall like) slice of Lucite stacked together, mounted on a brass structure plated with...
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1970s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Stainless and Black Lacquer Six Door Credenza
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Custom Karl Springer six door, polished stainless steel and black lacquer credenza. The interior has adjustable shelving, a wine rack that can easily be removed and two drawers on th...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in Polished Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare and extraordinary complete set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in polished brass with black glass tops by Karl Springer, American 1980’s. This is considered one of Springer’s bes...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Two Tier Leather Duchess Low Telephone Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage two tier small leather telephone table by Karl Springer on brass wheels. Unsigned. Verified by Karl Springer LTD.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer "Oval Lucite Table Lamp" with Bronze Shade, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large solid "Oval Lucite Table Lamp" with bronze hardware, fittings and shade by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This is an iconic lamp design. The bronze shade is artisan crafted as...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer Tessellated Bone and Black Lacquer Wood Cocktail Table
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing and beautiful pagoda style Karl Springer cocktail table is tessellated inlay bone and a black lacquer wood base. It is from the 1980s. It has a timeless look and Classic...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bone, Wood, Lacquer

Large 6 Panel Artisan Chinese Screen Sold Through Karl Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large 6 Panel artisan screen, black lacquer with carved Chinese scene with luxurious gold and multicolor enamels with brass sabots and hinges, sold through the Karl Springer NYC show...
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1980s American Chinoiserie Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Gold, Brass, Enamel

Karl Springer Goatskin Coffee Table, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer goatskin coffee table, 1980.
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin

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

Important Karl Springer Design Leather Clad Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Provenance, from the estate of the late Steve Fossett comes this magnificent pair of alligator embossed leather clad side tables designed by Karl Springer. Signed Karl Springer and d...
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer "Sculpture Tables" in Sandstone and Glass 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of “12” diameter sculpture tables" in sandstone with thick cantilevered glass tops and chrome fittings by Karl Springer, American 1980’s. Karl Springer’s use of exotic materials...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Sandstone, Chrome

Karl Springer Tessellated Travertine J.M.F. Floor Lamp with Matching Shade 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and unique “JMF Floor Lamp” with accompanying shade in tessellated travertine over brass by Karl Springer, American 1980’s. This lamps is a testament to Springer’s devoti...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Travertine, Brass

Karl Springer Black Lizard Skin End Table, 1982
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer black lizard skin end/side table, 1982. Label signed and dated.
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lizard

Karl Springer End Tables in Shagreen with Bone Inlays 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional and rare Parsons style end tables in gray/blue shagreen with bone inlays on top and bone sabots made in the Philippines for Karl Springer, American 1980's (label ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bone, Shagreen, Wood

Karl Springer Pair Grasscloth Side Tables, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer pair grasscloth side/end tables, 1970.
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Grasscloth

Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of authentic Karl Springer "Onassis Chairs" clad in lacquered goatskin. Sold as a set.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Leather, Upholstery, Lacquer

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 "Mirrored Column Floor Lamp" 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Elegant “Mirrored Column Floor Lamp” with polished chrome base and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1970’s. A simple yet glamorous design.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome

Karl Springer Python Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Versatile table 30“ x 30“ x 23“ tall…Covered in a faux python parchment.. shades of brown and black … a Classic design..Excellent condition signed.
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood

Mid Century Modern Center Table in Chrome Glass and Brass by Karl Springer
By Gabriella Crespi, Karl Springer, Milo Baughman
Located in Framingham, MA
An elegant and striking modern "Tulip" center table in chrome, brass and glass; featuring a thick round base and three curved arms with brass trim supporting a round 3/4" glass top. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Waterfall Console Table, Lizard Skin, 1992
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer waterfall console table wrapped in white lizard skin. Signed “Karl Springer 1992” on leather tag.
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1990s North American Karl Springer Furniture

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Lizard

Karl Springer Dressing Table Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This iconic Karl Springer Art Deco inspired vanity make-up mirror dates to the 1970s-1980s and will make a definite statement with its form and use of materials. Note: One mirror ...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer Brass with Cantilevered Glass Side Table, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer brass with cantilevered glass side table, 1980.
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Set of 8 Goatskin JMF Dining Chairs, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer set of 8 goatskin dining chairs, "JMF", 1980. Chairs are Jean Michel Frank Model. Matching dining table in separate listing.
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer Hexagonal Side Table in Embossed Lizard 1989 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptionally crafted hexagonal table in beige lacquered embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1989 (leather label on bottom reads “Karl Springer 1989”).
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood, Lacquer

Rare Karl Springer Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Important Karl Springer Table with Petrified Wood. Featuring a tulip base of polished stainless steel and polished brass. Size and height of table is ideal for serving, dining and ga...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Coffee Table in Tessellated Pen Shell 1980s (Signed)
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Fine “Parsons Style Coffee Table” in tessellated and lacquered pen shell by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom with brass label which reads "Karl Springer"). The unique...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Shell, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Leather and Polished Stainless Steel Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"JMF" Karl Springer Leather and Polished Stainless Steel Bench from 1970. Heavy, sturdy and comfortable. All original and authentic.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer "Parsons Style Side Table" in Embossed Lizard 1989 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptionally crafted “Parsons Style Side Table” in beige lacquered embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1989 (leather label on bottom reads “Karl Springer 1989”). The ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Game Table in Embossed Lizard with Chrome Accents 1990 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional backgammon table in taupe embossed lizard leather with polished chrome accents with removable cover by Karl Springer, American 1990 (leather label on bottom reads “Karl S...
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1990s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Resin, Wood

Karl Springer 48 Round Goatskin Dining or Center Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A magnificent dining or center table by Karl Springer. The table has been completely restored and is ready for use. Karl Springer is one of the most desirable and iconic mid century ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Exquisite Pair of Pagoda Table Lamps in Python 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite and rare pair of "Pagoda Table Lamps" covered in python with chrome base and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed in shade with metal label with Karl Springer ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal, Chrome

Karl Springer "Sculpture Table" in Sandstone and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Dallas, TX
"Sculpture" table by Karl Springer in sandstone, brass screw cap and 1" thick glass, 12 inch diameter base By Karl Springer. This table is very heavy at over 200 lbs!
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Sandstone, Brass

Pair of Polished Steel Nightstands or End Tables Karl Springer 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of polished steel nightstands or end tables Karl Springer 1980s. Polished mirror stainless steel over wood. Glass tops. Single drawer. 22" to top of glass. 24" high overall. Pur...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Gun Metal and Polished Brass Fire Place Mantel by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Montreal, QC
Gun metal and polished brass fire place mantel by Karl Springer. Interior dimensions: H:39 L:46.5 in.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Karl Springer Chest in Black Embossed Lizard Leather with Black Glass Top 1988
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional chest of drawers in black embossed lizard leather with thick black glass top by Karl Springer, American 1988 (signed and dated with leather label on bottom which reads “K...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Glass, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Goatskin Mirror with Brass Detail, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Goatskin mirror with brass detail. Circa 1980. Goat skin finished in tan/cream tones.
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

The Karl Springer furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices to choose from in our Karl Springer furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 457 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 19th century in the modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Mastercraft Furniture, Harvey Probber Furniture and Charles Hollis Jones. Prices for Karl Springer Furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes.

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