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Karl Springer Seating

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

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Brass

Karl Springer Set of 4 "Onassis Chairs" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 "Onassis Chairs" covered in highly lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The seats have been reupholstered in tobacco ultra suede. The Onassis Chair is one o...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Lacquer, Goatskin, Wood

Rare Onassis Lounge Chair by Karl Springer, 1970's
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare early "Onassis Chair " in larger scale covered in highly lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This Onassis Chair was designed to be a lounge or accent chair. Th...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Original Karl Springer Chairs, Stainless Steel and Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Original Karl Springer chairs, stainless steel and brass. Four chairs available. Three chairs have a cognac leather seat, one chair has a white vinyl seat. Chairs have not been po...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Stainless Steel

1970s Colombia Tessellated Bone Armchair Gray Suede Enrique Garcel Karl Springer
By Karl Springer, Enrique Garcel
Located in National City, CA
For Your consideration: from Colombia by Enrique Garcel for Karl Springer 1970s Hollywood Regency arm chair in tessellated bone tile with grey suede Fabulous sculptural profile Ori...
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1970s Colombian Hollywood Regency Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Bone, Suede

Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black kid glove leather upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

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Steel

Karl Springer Ottoman Pouf
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer ottoman pouf, reupholstered with Italian boucle with brass plinth base.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Brass

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

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Brass

Set of Eight "Regency" Armchairs in Lacewood by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of eight regency armchairs in lacewood with original leather designed by Karl Springer for a Steven Chase interior.
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1970s Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Set of 4 "JMF Chairs" in High Gloss Black Lacquer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 "J.M.F. Chairs" in high gloss black lacquer by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. An iconic Springer design and super cool in black! Perfect for dining or a game table. Ref...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Bar Stools" in Lacquered Mahogany, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Onassis Bar Stools" in mirror lacquered mahogany with upholstered seats and oxidized bronze footrests by Karl Springer, American 1970s. The beautiful wood and meticulous fin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Bronze

Karl Springer Souffle Ottoman or Pouf Double Size
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Custom created for a home filled with Karl Springer is this rare double length "souffle" ottoman pouf. A unique piece for it's size. Original fabric is in great condition but would a...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Brass

Karl Springer Lucite Brass and Green Leather Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural Lucite and brass X bench, designed by Karl Springer, American, circa 1980s.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Brass

Karl Springer Onassis Chair in Black Leather & Faux-Ostrich, Set of 10
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of "Onassis" chair in faux ostrich skin wrap with black leather seats Provenance: c. 1980s, NYC. Collection of Mrs. Jocelyn Wildenstein, Wildenstein Gallery. Custom commission...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather, Faux Leather

Karl Springer Pair "Souffle" Ottomans with Brass Bases ca 2000
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle" ottomans with bases in solid brass with recessed castors by Karl Springer LTD, American, ca 2000. These have been newly upholstered in deep blue velvet.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Seating

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Brass

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 Seating

Materials

Brass

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 Seating

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Brass, Steel

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 Seating

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Bronze, Wrought Iron

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 Seating

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Bone, Shagreen, Wood

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 Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Set of 12 "JMF Dining Chairs" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and rare set of 12 "JMF Dining Chairs" in mirror polished bicolor lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980 (dated on bottom). It is rare to have such a large s...
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs, c.1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool / linen upholstery and brushed steel circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois estate.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Steel

Karl Springer "Regency Armchairs" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of four exceptional "Regency Armchairs" completely wrapped in black leather with matching black leather upholstery by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Chic Pair of Original Karl Springer JMF Chairs in Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in Jesteburg, DE
An original design by Karl Springer for Tura, this freeform chair exemplifies the modernist contemporary style of this designer with a sleek silhouette marked by a tall back and curv...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Goatskin

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 Seating

Materials

Maple, Goatskin

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...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

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...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

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 Seating

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Ultrasuede, Wood

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 Seating

Materials

Bone

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

Materials

Leather, Wood

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...
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

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Sheepskin, Oak

Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in Embossed Reptile Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in green embossed reptile leather with leather hand stitched seats by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Newly upholstered seats in grey velvet by Lobel Modern....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Wood, Leather, Velvet, Foam

Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer nude leather Tulip armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Four chairs total available.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Modern Leather Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Modern leather surfaced bench with waterfall rounded armrests, made by Karl Springer in 1987. Signed and dated by the designer. The piece is in great vintage condition with age-appro...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Chic JMF Bench in Brass, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Bench" in brass with newly upholstered seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Brass

Polish Stainless Steel and Leather “JMF Bench” by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A spectacular 1970s polished stainless steel and suede leather “JMF Bench” by renowned American designer Karl Springer. The bench is constructed of solid stainless steel that’s polis...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. These clean line chairs are beautifully made.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer X Bench with Red Python Seat, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare X-bench in steel with brass accents and stitched python seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Reference: Karl Springer catalog, published in the 1970's, shows a photo of this...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Steel

Karl Springer Pair of "Upholstered Chairs", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptionally crafted "Upholstered Chairs" by Karl Springer, American 1980s. The original fabric on these lounge chairs is superb and is in like-new condition. Reference: Re...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Wood

Pair of Karl Springer Goatskin Onassis Bar Stools, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Onassis bar stools in lacquered goatskin with hand-stitched black leather seats and brass foot rails by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Polished Steel H- Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The H-Bench is rarely seen in polished steel Authenticated by Tom Langevin, former director of design of Springer Ltd.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Steel

Karl Springer Set of Four Goatskin "JMF Bar Stools", 1979
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of four "JMF Barstools" in lacquered goatskin with steel footrests by Karl Springer, American, 1979. This is an elegant springer design with unsurpassed craftsmanship. Reference...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Pair of Cantilevered Stainless Steel Bar Stools, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cantilevered bar stools with polished stainless steel bases and upholstered swiveling seats by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. There is a sleeve that bolts into the floor and...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. These clean line chairs are beautifully made.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Leather Dinette or Game Table and Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A handsome and elegant design. The table is constructed of wood and wrapped with leather embossed snake skin pattern in gun metal hue. The size is 29" H x 42" x 42". The chairs are l...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Wood

Pair of Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" in Blue Velvet
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
Original pair of Karl Springer Souffle ottomans/poufs on casters for easy moving. Polished steel base and blue velvet upholstery.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Steel

Karl Springer Modern 'Onassis' Black Lacquer Armchairs with Pony Hair Seats
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer set of six Modern 'Onassis' armchairs with black lacquer surface and original pony hair upholstered seats. In great vintage condition with age-appropriate wear and use....
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Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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

Materials

Wood, Leather

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

Materials

Oak

Leather Swivel Chair by Karl Springer, U.S.A, 1970s, Pair Available.
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1970s swivel chairs designed by Karl Springer. Each chair has been reupholstered in a beautiful navy blue leather. Each chair has a brass trim which shows age appropriate pat...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Gold Leather Armchair
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchair covered in gold leather. Karl Springer, 1994.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Pair of Karl Springer Soufflé Ottomans or Poufs
By Karl Springer
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Karl Springer Soufflé ottomans or poufs Note: Polished steel bases on castors - showing reflection of floor on bases.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of 'Cobra' Stools by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 'Cobra' stools by Karl Springer, A rare form, each one upholstered in calfskin black leather, handmade of wrought iron and bronze. Provenance: Acquired directly from Karl...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

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Wrought Iron, Bronze

Karl Springer White Scored Leather Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Karl Springer white leather bench Original surface Leather label.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Leather

Set of Five (5) Karl Springer Grey Lacquered Goatskin Bar Stools
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
Karl Springer set of five JMF grey goatskin lacquers clad bar stools with white brass footrests, 1980s. In original preserved condition. Lacquered Goat Skin Clad over Wood, White Br...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Brass

Maitland Smith Shagreen Chair by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This curved chair shows the detailed work of the manufacture Maitland Smith, especially the work of shagreen on the wood structure is unique and shows the design of Karl Springer. Th...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Shagreen, Wood

Pair of Signed Springer Bleached Oak Onassis Chairs, 1983 - Two Pairs Available
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
Beach-chic tones of cream, white, oyster grey and palest taupe make these bleached oak 1980s Karl Springer "Onassis" chairs absolute stunners. Expertly upholstered in a luxe cream bo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Oak, Bouclé

Karl Springer, Shagreen Side Chair, United States, circa 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
This cushioned side chair in shagreen by the remarkable 1970s designer Karl Springer has legs set apart at an elegant angle, and a slightly curved back featuring a geometric pattern.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Seating

Materials

Shagreen, Fabric