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Karl Springer Kyoto

Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rarely seen Karl Springer Kyoto Box Original surface with minor touchups Original suede
Category

Vintage 1970s American Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
H 17.5 in W 11 in D 16 in
Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box on Stand In Faux Wood Design
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
The Kyoto Box on stand is a striking example of Karl Springers lacquer work. Produced most
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Hardwood

Karl Springer Hand Lacquered Kyoto Box 1984
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“KARL SPRINGER LTD KYOTO BOXES, PENSHELL, SHAGREEN AND FOSSILIZED CORAL.”
Category

Vintage 1980s North American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Stunning "Kyoto Box" in Tessellated Penshell 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
bottom left side of the page with the title “KARL SPRINGER LTD KYOTO BOXES, PENSHELL, SHAGREEN AND
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

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Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box
By Karl Springer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Nicely constructed and decorated "Kyoto" Box designed and manufactured by Karl Springer
Category

Late 20th Century American Boxes

  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Box
H 21 in W 22 in D 16 in
Karl Springer "Kyoto" Shagreen Box
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 1980's Karl Springer Shagreen box with bone inlay and tesselated base and cedar interior
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Bone, Shagreen, Lacquer

  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Shagreen Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Shagreen Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Shagreen Box
  • Karl Springer "Kyoto" Shagreen Box
H 22.5 in W 21 in D 17 in
Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is one of Karl Springer's most exuberant designs. The graphic nature of the design conceals
Category

Vintage 1970s American Tables

Materials

Wood

  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
H 17.5 in W 17 in D 12 in
Karl Springer "Kyoto Box" in Tessellated Fossilized Coral 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
model is shown with the title “KARL SPRINGER LTD KYOTO BOXES, PENSHELL, SHAGREEN AND FOSSILIZED CORAL.”
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Decorative Boxes

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Coral, Bronze

Kyoto Box by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Kyoto Box with hand-applied shagreen and bone lacquer finish by Karl Springer, American 1980's Top
Category

Late 20th Century American Boxes

  • Kyoto Box by Karl Springer
  • Kyoto Box by Karl Springer
  • Kyoto Box by Karl Springer
  • Kyoto Box by Karl Springer
H 22 in W 21 in D 16 in
Karl Springer Large Lacquered "Kyoto Box" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" with hand lacquered shagreen and bone motif with hinged top by Karl Springer, American
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Side Tables

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Lacquer, Suede, Wood

Karl Springer Exceptional "Kyoto Box" End Table in Shagreen, 1980s
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Located in New York, NY
, interior in cedar with beautiful chrome hinges, by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Every single aspect of
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Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
All parchment wrapped console table, Kyoto model by Karl Springer.
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Vintage 1980s American Console Tables

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  • Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
  • Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
  • Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
  • Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
H 35 in W 61.5 in D 16 in
Kyoto Box with Hand-Applied Shagreen Lacquer by Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
by Karl Springer, American 1970's
Category

Vintage 1970s American Decorative Objects

Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is one of Karl Springers' most exuberant designs. The Graphic nature of the design conceals
Category

Vintage 1970s American Side Tables

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Wood

  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
  • Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
H 22.5 in W 21 in D 16 in
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Karl Springer Kyoto For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the karl springer kyoto you’re looking for. Frequently made of wood, animal skin and lacquer, every karl springer kyoto was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a karl springer kyoto — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A karl springer kyoto made by Modern designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. A well-made karl springer kyoto has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Karl Springer are consistently popular.

How Much is a Karl Springer Kyoto?

Prices for a karl springer kyoto start at $3,900 and top out at $15,000 with the average selling for $6,000.

Karl Springer for sale on 1stDibs

The Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer brought a chic, high-fashion sensibility to his coffee tables, mirrors, Lucite lamps and other 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, Springer had established his own Manhattan atelier. It was Pierre Scapula, decorator to Jackie and Aristotle Onassis, who spotted Springer's disco-era Onassis chairs — which didn't yet have a name — first commissioned for a private residence in Acapulco, on the floor of the designer’s East 61st Street showroom. Jackie ordered barstools for the couple’s yacht, the Christina O, and dining chairs for their house on the Greek mainland.

At the time of his death, Springer 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 appeal of his work lies in Springer's insistence on exacting construction and, above all, his eye for unusual materials and finishes.

Springer 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.

Find a collection of vintage Karl Springer furniture today on 1stDibs.