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Karl Springer Lighting

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 "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 Lighting

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Gold, Brass, Nickel

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 Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

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 Lighting

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Chrome

Karl Springer "White Venetian Glass Floor Lamp" in Scavo Glass with Bronze 1980s
By Karl Springer, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
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 Lighting

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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 Lighting

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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 Lighting

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Stainless Steel

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 Lighting

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Brass

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 Lighting

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Bronze

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 Lighting

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Travertine, 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 Lighting

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Chrome

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 Lighting

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Metal, Chrome

Fine Pair American Modern Polished Steel and Lucite Wall Lights, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular polished steel shades with rounded corners above a light source, mounted with a polished steel back plate, and chunky steel and lucite stem, formerly property of the ...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

Karl Springer Mid Century Solid Lucite Table Lamps, a Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in Esperance, NY
Solid lucite Mid-Century Modern Pair of Karl Springer lamps. Both are very heavy and tops are chrome. Double light bulbs.
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1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

Karl Springer Floor Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A matched pair of Karl Springer floor lamps executed in the style of Maison Jansen.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Brass

Karl Springer Goatskin Covered Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning lamp by the iconic designer. The lamp is designed with 2 lights with pulls ( original ) plus shade. Lamp is measured to top of socket. Measurements do not include shade ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Brass

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...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Brass

Karl Springer Artisan Decorated Leather Table Lamp, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Table lamp wrapped in hand-decorated leather with abstract geometric design and chrome base and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Artisans made unique pieces for Springer w...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Chrome

Karl Springer Pair of Lucite and Chrome Floor Lamps 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of floor lamps with square channeled columns of solid lucite with polished chrome bases and hardware by Karl Springer, American 1970's Reference: Karl Springer LTD small pap...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Chrome

Karl Springer Seguso Fluted Cream and Amber Scavo Murano Glass Chandelier, 1980s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Karl Springer Seguso fluted cream and amber scavo murano glass chandelier, 1980s. Murano glass design by Karl Springer, manufactured by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, Italy. Neoclassical ...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Karl Springer Elegant Black Scavo Glass Torchere, 1980s 'Signed'
By Seguso, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Glass Torchere in hand blown black glass with scavo finish by Seguso (Murano Italy) for Karl Springer, American, 1980's (retains original Seguso paper label). These art pieces were h...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Murano Glass

20th Century American Tall Frosted Lucite Helix Floor Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A tall vintage Mid-Century Modern American stacked helix spiral staircase floor lamp made of hand crafted clear frosted lucite glass with a white shade. Designed and produced by Karl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Pair of "Purcell Sconces" in Brass with Hand-Chipped Glass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Purcell Sconces" in polished brass with illuminating hand-chipped glass inserts by Karl Springer, 1980's. The color of the glass is green/blue. These are stunning in person....
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Brass

Karl Springer Pair of "Purcell Sconces" in Gunmetal with Hand-Chipped Glass 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Purcell Sconces" in polished gunmetal with illuminating hand-chipped glass inserts by Karl Springer, 1980's. These are stunning in person. Joseph Spohr, a New York glass art...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Metal

Karl Springer Rare Pair of "Lighthouse Lamps" in Shagreen and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare "Lighthouse Table Lamps" clad in blue/gray shagreen with polished brass bases and shades by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. The color of the shagreen is exquisite with ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Brass

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 Lighting

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Chrome

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 Lighting

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Acrylic

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 Lighting

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Lucite

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 Lighting

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Bronze

Karl Springer Pair of "Venetian Glass Wall Sconces", 1980s
By Karl Springer, Seguso
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 Lighting

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Brass

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 Lighting

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Brass

Karl Springer "Venetian Glass Wall Sconce" 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Venetian Glass Wall Sconce" in amber glass with scavo finish and bronze detail by Seguso (Murano Italy) for Karl Springer, American, 1980s (etched on bottom “Karl Springer”).
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Bronze

Karl Springer “Tortoise Shell” Sculptural Desk/Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a sculptural wide heavy lamp shaped as a rectangular block in the lower part and as a ninety degree angle semi-tunnel in the upper part. Both parts are joined by a solid rect...
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20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Tortoise Shell

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 frosted acrylic Lucite table lamp with a white shade. The clear desk light was designed by Karl Springer, featuring a one light socket, in good co...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Glass, Acrylic

Karl Springer Documented Pair of Midcentury Lucite and Chrome Mushroom Sconces
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
This stunning and iconic pair of Mid-Century Modern "Mushroom" sconces were realized by Karl Springer- one of the most important and influential designers of the 20th century- in Ame...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Chrome

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.
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Lighting

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Bronze

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.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

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.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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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...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Lighting

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Metal

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...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Chrome, Silver Leaf

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.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Glass, Lucite

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.  
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Glass

Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Lucite floor lamp, circa 1970. Chrome base.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

Lucite and Chrome Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Clear Lucite and polish chrome table lamp, design by Karl Springer in the 1970s. The lamp has been newly professionally polished and rewired. Measurements with shade: 24.5” high...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Chrome

Karl Springer Pair of Table Lamps In Bronze With Ebonized Python ca 1972
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of meticulously crafted table lamps with ebonized python on all sides with bronze fittings and bone accents on tops by Karl Springer, American ca 1972. Springer was a master at ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Bronze

Karl Springer Exceptional Scavo Glass Chandelier, 1980s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Hand blown 6-arm glass chandelier with scavo finish by Seguso (Murano Italy) for Karl Springer, American 1980s. These chandeliers are quite rare and this is a beautiful example of Sp...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Murano Glass

Karl Springer Exceptional Large 2-Tier Scavo Glass Chandelier, 1980s
By Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional handblown 2-tier chandelier in white scavo glass by Seguso for Karl Springer, American 1980s. These chandeliers are quite rare and in this scale it’s spectacular.  
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Glass

Signed Karl Springer Modernist Hexagonal Table Lamp in Beige 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 Lighting

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Animal Skin, Lucite

Karl Springer Rare "Giacometti Style Table Lamp" 1980s 'signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare "Giacometti” style table lamp in bronze and patinated copper by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (Karl Springer label on bottom). Measures: Shade Diam: 16 inches Shade H: 12 inches
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Bronze, Copper

Karl Springer Solid Lucite "Greek Column Table Lamp" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large "Greek column table lamp" in solid Lucite by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. (Height adjustable up to 38 inches) Shade W+D: 14 inches.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

Lucite and Chrome Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1980s glamorous clear Lucite and polish chrome table lamp by renowned American designer Karl Springer. Newly rewired and new oatmeal linen shade. The acrylic shows some crazing from ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

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 Lighting

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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 Lighting

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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 Lighting

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Steel

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 Lighting

Materials

Brass

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 Lighting

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Metal

Karl Springer Lighthouse Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Iconic stone form by Karl Springer.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Stone

Pair of Karl Springer Metal Ball Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of metal lamps in a polished copper finish. Rare to find these lamps in copper. See the KS red Binder catalogue. Page 3. KS Ltd metal ball lamp. This lamp is pictured. Bod...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Metal

Karl Springer Greek Column Lucite Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Lake Success, NY
Karl Springer Greek column solid Lucite table lamp, American, 1980s.
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Lighting

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Lucite

Karl Springer Lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Karl Springer lighting is now available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Karl Springer Lighting collection, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original lighting by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Cedric Hartman Lighting, Curtis Jere Lighting and George Kovacs Lighting. The prices for Karl Springer Lighting can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $675 and tops out at $40,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,800 on average.