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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 Exceptional Pair of Table Lamps in Bronze Covered in Boa, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional table lamps in bronze covered in exotic white boa by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. Lamps like these are pure art. Springer used unique materials and the finest...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer "Brass and Lucite Bar-Cart", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“Brass & Lucite Bar-Cart” with swiveling top by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This piece is beautifully made. Reference: Karl Springer LTD red binder catalog published in the 1...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A nice example of this form by Karl Springer.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

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

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Acrylic

Lacquered Grasscloth and Brass Console Table, 1970’s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Lacquered grasscloth and brass console table, 1970’s. In the style of Karl Springer.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Complimentary Pair Karl Springer Lucite and Gun Metal Torchiere Floor Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Gunmetal mirror finish shade and base with clear Lucite stem set in bronze cuffs, circa 1970s, American. These are from two different production runs, with slightly different base sh...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Lacquered Grasscloth Credenza Attributed to Enrique Garcel, circa 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Lacquered grasscloth credenza attributed to Enrique Garcel, circa 1970. Stone top.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Stone

Karl Springer Exceptional Pair of Table Lamps in Gunmetal and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional table lamps in gunmetal and solid gold-tinted brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The meticulous craftsmanship and superior materials used in these lamps are...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Python Telephone Table with Bronze Castors, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" in python with bronze castors by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Bottom is covered in black suede. A classic Springer design.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall hanging mirror, octagonal with lacquered light goatskin in front of darker lacquered goatskin edge, with beveled mirror inside, by Karl Springer, American, 1970’s. The combinati...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Shagreen Lacquer with Brass Accents, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional wall hanging mirror, octagonal with artisan shagreen lacquer with brass accents, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Mirror is beveled. Reference: Karl Springer LTD pa...
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1980s American 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

Hand-Carved African Mask on Bronze Base by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Hand-carved African male mask in the style of the Chokwe tribe of Angola on a bronze base by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (photo of original label included). Karl Springer had a sc...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

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

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Brass

Pair of Sconces in Patinated Bronze and Lucite by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of patinated bronze sconces with illuminating sand-blasted Lucite inserts by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This is the large version of these sconces. 4 Available.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

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

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Brass

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

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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

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Animal Skin

Karl Springer Pair of X Benches with Springbok Seats, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of X benches in hand-torched steel with brass ball accents and African springbok antelope seats by Karl Springer, American 1970's. These benches are the epidemy of chic. Refere...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer "Angular Leg Console Table" in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Angular Leg Console Table" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's (signed on bottom with leather label that reads “Karl Springer LTD").
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Mirror, Brass and Chrome
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer mirror, brass chromed steel, convex. Large-scale table top or vanity mirror in original condition with natural aged patina to the brass. The revolving mirror is adjusta...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Shagreen Karl Springer Circular Dining Table with 3 Leaves
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer circular dining, conference or center table having three twenty inch leaves. The fine column form base supporting a circular table top. Extends to ...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood

Karl Springer Large Lacquered "Kyoto Box" in 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" hand lacquered with hinged top by Karl Springer, American 1980s. The interior is covered in suede. This can be used as a side or occasional table. It’s a special piece.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Suede, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Rare "Cobra Stool" in Wrought Iron and Bronze, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare "Cobra Stool" in hand forged wrought iron and bronze with handstitched leather seat by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Very few of these were made. The craftsmanship of this pie...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze, Wrought Iron

Karl Springer "Dorchester Coffee Table" in Figured Anigre, 1990s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Dorchester Coffee Table" in figured Anigre with Marquetry border inlay on top with gold leaf accents by Karl Springer, American, 1990s (signed with Springer label). This table is me...
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1990s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Karl Springer Rare JMF Chair in Shagreen with Bone Inlays 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
JMF chair in shagreen with bone inlays and sabots by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (signed on bottom with Karl Springer label). Reference: Karl Springer red Binder catalog, 1980s...
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1880s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Karl Springer Furniture

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Bone, Shagreen, Wood

Karl Springer "Round Leg Coffee Table" with Artisan Etched Glass 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Round Leg Coffee Table" in gunmetal and chrome by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom stretcher “Karl Springer”). Art Deco style etched circular motifs on tops by glass...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Nickel, Chrome

Karl Springer Tessellated Bone Octagon Wall Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
A Karl Springer tessellated bone and chrome octagon wall mirror, circa 1970s. Stylish and large this 42" octagonal mirror is clad in tessellated bone tiles with chromed steel partiti...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome, Steel

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

Mid Century Modern Center Table in Chrome Glass and Brass by Karl Springer
By Gabriella Crespi, Milo Baughman, Karl Springer
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 "Art Deco Console Table" in Lacquered Goat Skin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Art Deco Console Table" with drawer in lacquered chocolate brown and gray goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This is a wonderful example of Springer's meticulous craftsmansh...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Box with Diamond Patterned Top in Goatskin by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Box with cover, top in diamond pattern lacquered goatskin and interior lined in red suede, by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Suede

Lacquered Goatskin Parchment Console Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Spectacular 1986 goatskin console table with two drawers designed by Karl Springer. Constructed of wood covered with goatskin and finish with clear lacquer. Shows minor wear consis...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Lucite X-Base Dining Table with Square Glass Top, Signed, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very impressive and rare 1970s lucite X-base dining table by Karl Springer with extra-thick square glass top. Strikingly sculptural and substantial solid lucite base comprised of ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass, Lucite

Pair of Karl Springer Snake Skin Two-Tier Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Karl Springer snake skin two-tier side tables. One with embossed leather label "Karl Springer 1983".
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Animal Skin

American Modern White Murano Linen "Waterfall" Console, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
A beautiful example of a Classic table in white Murano linen. Original receipt from Karl Springer accompanies this piece.   
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Linen, Wood

Karl Springer Incredible “Square Leg Game Table” in Gunmetal and Brass, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional “Square Leg Game Table” in polished gunmetal and brass with light gray embossed lizard leather inset top panels with backgammon board under removable cover by Karl Spring...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Hippo Suede 1977 'Signed and Dated'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large wall-hanging "Half Round Molding Mirror" covered in hippopotamus suede by Karl Springer, American 1977 (signed on back “Karl Springer 1977”). Mirror is beveled. It is one of th...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Animal Skin, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer "Tray Top Console Table", 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Tray Top Console Table" in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. This table is beautifully made.
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Linen, Wood

Karl Springer Wall Hanging Mirror in Mustard Lacquer, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall-hanging mirror, mustard lacquer frame with beveled rectangular and fish eye mirror at top, by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. Reference: Karl Springer Ltd New York paper ca...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass, Wood, Lacquer

Pair of Rare Karl Springer "Galaxy Sconces" in Brass and Faceted Lucite, 1990s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare “Galaxy Sconces” in brass with illuminating green faceted lucite backs by Karl Springer, American 1990's. The lucite on these sconces has the appearance of hand-chipped ...
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1990s American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Waterfall Console Table in Lacquered Tessellated Horn, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional waterfall console table in multicolor tessellated horn in a chevron pattern by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. The graphic patterning of the tessellated horn makes this ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Horn, Wood, Lacquer

Rare American Modern Polished Steel & Glass Center/Breakfast Table,Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
Rare "Free Form" center table, breakfast table, featured in the advertisement for Karl Springer Los Angeles showroom 1982, This table is unique. Provenance- The estate of Zsa Zsa Ga...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Large Kudu Sculpture by Roberto Estevez for Karl Springer
By Karl Springer, Roberto Estevez 1
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive kudu sculpture, head in iridescent gunmetal faux granite nitrocellulose lacquer over a fiberglass casting with solid brass base and authentic horns, by Roberto E...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Granite, Brass

Large Beveled Classic Mirror by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Glamorous 1987 ‘Classic Mirror’ by Karl Springer. Out of an estate design by Steve Chase. Constructed of beveled mirrors and polish chrome. Measurements: 72” high, 38” wide and ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome

Karl Springer Molding Mirror Covered in Black Python, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Molding Mirror" in black python by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This mirror is meticulously crafted.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood, Python, Glass

Magnificent Karl Springer Chunky Lucite Coffee Table, circa 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Karl Springer chunky Lucite and glass coffee table. 3/4" thick glass with four double bullnose thick Lucite legs suspending it-breathtaking! Each Lucite pillar measures 1...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Karl Springer Console Table In Dark Brown Lacquered Goat Skin 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Impressive console table in dark lacquered goatskin with racetrack top and curved sides by Karl Springer, American 1980. Dated on bottom. This table exemplifies the impeccable crafts...
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1880s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Ostrich Skin Coffee Table, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Coffee table covered in ostrich skin with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s (signed with metal Karl Springer label on bottom).  
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Animal Skin

Karl Springer Stainless Steel & Leather Bench, 1980’s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer stainless steel and leather bench, circa 1980’s. All original.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer "T-Style Console Table" in Lacquered Linen, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"T-Style Console Table" covered in two-tone lacquered linen with 3 drawers by Karl Springer, American 1970’s. A Classic Springer design, meticulously made. Reference: Karl Springer ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Linen, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Lizard and Brass Wall Mirror, 1987
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A Classic Karl Springer mirror. The wide frame is done in lizard skin with brass accents. Beveled mirror. Signed in back as pictured.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer Rectangular Coffee Table in Batik with Recessed Lighting, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Faceted rectangular coffee table in black batik fabric with bone inlays, over pedestal base with recessed lighting, by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The recessed lighting makes thi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wire

Karl Springer Pair of End Tables in Black and Bone Lacquer, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional hexagonal side tables in black lacquer with artisan faux bone lacquer inlays on the top, sides and bottom by Karl Springer, American 1970's. These end tables show...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Monumental Hand-Blown Scavo Glass Urn 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large hand-blown glass urn / vase, white glass with scavo (rough) finish, by Seguso (Murano, Italy) for Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom “KARL SPRINGER”). Referenc...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Murano Glass

Karl Springer Waterfall Side Table in Python with Stainless Steel Drawer 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Incredible waterfall side table covered in python with stainless steel drawer and thick glass shelf by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This table exemplifies the meticulous craftsman...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Wall Hanging "Bullseye Mirror" in Lacquer and Gold Leaf, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Bullseye Mirror", wall hanging in mirror polished black lacquer and gold leaf, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The combination of gold leaf and black lacquer is very chic.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Karl Springer Wall Hanging "Bullseye Mirror" in Black and Gold Lacquer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Double Bullseye" wall hanging mirror in black and gold lacquer by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The mirror is beveled.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lacquer, Mirror, Wood