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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 Petit Coffee Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit waterfall coffee table in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The underside of the table is also finished in lacquered goatskin. The quality of this table is ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Altar Console Table" in Antique Copper, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Altar Console Table" in lacquered antiqued cooper leaf with Negoro rub through technique by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. These unique artisan finishes make Springer’s pieces wor...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Copper

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 Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer, Brancusi-Style Table, United States, circa 1981
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco was Karl Springer's primary aesthetic influence. This is more than evident in his beautiful drum side tables, both in their elegant simplicity of form and their exotic exter...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Lacquer

Karl Springer Gunmetal Brass, Glass End Table
By Karl Springer
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
End table by Karl Springer in gunmetal, brass, glass and enameled wood. Crafted in New York circa 1980. This lovely piece has some light oxidation to the gunmetal and brass that is c...
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1980s North American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Sculptural Side Table with Bone Inlays, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural side table in macassar ebony with bone inlays around the double book-matched top by Karl Springer, American 1980's. A beautiful Springer design.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Bone, Macassar

Pair of Modern Karl Springer Faux Lizard Burgundy Side Tables / Nightstands
By Karl Springer, Karl Springer
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Karl Springer Faux Lizard burgundy rolling side tables / nightstands. Signed underneath and dated 1983. In wonderful condition for the age. The brass castors can be removed i...
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1980s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Yellow Cobra Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1985 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" covered in yellow cobra with moire silk on the bottom in brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1985 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1985").
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Sculpture Table" in Sandstone and Bronze, 1985
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“12” Diameter Sculpture Table" in sandstone with thick cantilevered glass top and bronze cap screw by Karl Springer, American 1985. Reference Karl Springer LTD Red Binder Catalog...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Sandstone, Bronze

Karl Springer "Tray Top Side Table" in Embossed Lizard Leather 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
2-tier "Tray Top Side Table" covered in embossed lizard leather with drawer by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on drawer with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). This ta...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Shagreen Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Telephone table on brass castors covered in gray/blue shagreen by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). An iconic Springer d...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Extraordinary Pair of Telephone Tables in Mint Shagreen, 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional Telephone tables completely clad in mint shagreen with inset bone detail around top and bottom shelves and with brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American 2002....
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Fine End Table in Red and Black Cobra 1988
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully Crafted Telephone Table style end table in red and black cobra by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

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 Tables

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Bone, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Cobra Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1988 'Signed and Dated'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" covered in beige cobra with moire silk on the bottom in brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Extension Dining Table in Embossed Crocodile Leather, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Round extension dining table with 3 leaves covered in white embossed crocodile leather with chrome accents by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. It is rare to see a Springer extension ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Chrome

Mastercraft Asian Inspired Brass Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer, Mastercraft
Located in Esperance, NY
Mastercraft Asian inspired brass coffee table by Karl Springer.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Petit Game Table in Embossed Lizard Leather, 1987, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit game table in black embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1987 (original Karl Springer label on bottom with signature and year). The craftsmanship of this table is...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Parsons Style End Tables In Embossed Crocodile Leather 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large parsons style end tables covered in dark brown embossed crocodile leather by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The meticulous craftsmanship and scale of these tables make...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Set of 2 Black Sprayed Snakeskin Karl Springer Small Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in London, GB
Pair of black snakeskin signed Karl Springer small side table. Resprayed!
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Pair of End Tables in Lacquered Linen, ca 2000 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large telephone table style end tables in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American, ca 2000 (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”). These tables are meticulously crafted.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

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 Tables

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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 Tables

Materials

Leather

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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

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Bronze

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 Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood

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 Tables

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Leather, Bone, Shagreen

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 Tables

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

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Suede, Wood, Lacquer

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 Tables

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Gold Leaf

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 Tables

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Nickel, Chrome

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 Tables

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Center Table in Chrome Glass and Brass by Karl Springer
By Milo Baughman, Gabriella Crespi, 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 Tables

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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 Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Lacquer

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 Tables

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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 Tables

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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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

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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 Tables

Materials

Brass

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 Tables

Materials

Linen, Wood

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 Tables

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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 Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

Materials

Animal Skin

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 Tables

Materials

Linen, Wood, Lacquer

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 Tables

Materials

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 Tables

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

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 Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Exceptional Dining Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and exceptional "Knife Edge Dining Table" in mirror lacquered chocolate brown goatskin with double pedestal base by Karl Springer, American 1980 (dated on bottom). The color of...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Pair of Mid-Century Karl Springer Lucite Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of stunning lucite and chrome occasional tables. Brass details on corners add sophistication and charm. Glass top set into chrome frame. Thick square lucite legs.
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Rare Karl Springer Dowelwood Coffee Cocktail Table Glass Top
By Karl Springer
Located in Wayne, NJ
Rare Karl Springer Dowelwood coffee cocktail table with 1" thick glass top. We believe made circa 1984. The 2nd and 3rd photos are from Karl Springer's showroom in 1984 and show one ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Wood

Rare Karl Springer Backgammon Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare Karl Springer Parchment (goatskin) backgammon table. Top slides to reveal backgammon board. Includes gaming pieces shown. So chic!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin

Karl Springer Waterfall Side Table in Embossed Lizard Leather 1993 'Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Waterfall side table covered in embossed lizard leather with drawer and glass shelf by Karl Springer, American 1993, (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1993"). The quality of this...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer "Heavy Parsons Style Coffee Table" in Penshell, 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Incredible "Heavy Parsons Style Coffee Table" in dark brown tessellated and lacquered penshell with brass inlays and inset bronze glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed)...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Free-Form Coffee Table" in Seamlessly Welded Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional "freeform Coffee Table", seamlessly welded in brass with thick black glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980s. This table is meticulously crafted and is a timeless Spri...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Coffee table by Karl Springer wrapped in python snake skin. Hand-signed to underside [Karl Springer 1987].
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather