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Karl Springer LTD, Torso Sculpture in Polished Bronze, USA

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Karl Springer commissioned this cast bronze cubist Torso Sculpture by artist Roberto Esteves, circa 1982. The limited edition sculpture was sold exclusively through the Karl Springer show room and is now available for the first time in collaboration with Karl Springer LTD and Todd Merrill Studio. The shown work is finished with a Rodin patina in an edition of 12. A full range of patinas are available by commission. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Karl Springer (1931-1991) created custom designs with superb craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail. Though he based his designs on European classical forms, Springer developed an irreverent and non-doctrinaire idiom of bold proportions and highly exotic finishes. His iconic work speaks with the confidence and energy of the 1970s and now finds new relevance in the world of contemporary design. Not only an accomplished maker, Springer was an avid traveller and collector. He procured of exotic objects and textiles which he would incorporate into his designs and sell at his celebrated showrooms.

Customization Options

The shown work is finished with a Rodin patina in an edition of 12. A full range of patinas are available by commission.

Details

  • Creator
    Karl Springer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13 in. (33.02 cm)Width: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    PatinatedBronze
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2018
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Limited Edition)
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU905316617272

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    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About Karl Springer (Designer)

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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