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Karl Springer Lucite Sculpture Leg Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Lucite sculpture leg coffee table by Karl Springer with glass top.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Lucite column floor lamp with a square brass base and double pull chain sockets, designed by Karl Springer. Rewired for use in the USA. Shade not included.
Category

20th Century American Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

  • Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
H 62 in. W 9 in. D 9 in.
Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer sculptural lucite bench, 1970. Bench has seat cushion included. Reference in Karl Springer LTD paper catalog 1970's.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

  • Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
  • Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
  • Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
  • Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
H 20.30 in. W 28.25 in. D 15 in.
Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Lucite floor lamp, circa 1970. Chrome base.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Oval Lucite Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Classic lamp by Karl Springer.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

  • Karl Springer Oval Lucite Table Lamp
  • Karl Springer Oval Lucite Table Lamp
  • Karl Springer Oval Lucite Table Lamp
  • Karl Springer Oval Lucite Table Lamp
H 29.00 in. W 4.00 in. D 7.00 in.
Karl Springer Lucite Greek Key Bench Ottoman
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A Lucite stool by Karl Springer. Signed on bottom edge. New boucle upholstery.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Benches

Materials

Bouclé, Lucite

Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Thick lucite stem with incised center channel on each side sites in chromed base with chrome accents. Highest quality construction.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

  • Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
  • Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
  • Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
  • Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
H 28.5 in. W 6 in. D 6 in.
Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Tall incised Lucite column on heavy brass base with brass cap and double socket cluster.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

  • Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
  • Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
H 60.5 in. W 8.88 in. D 8.88 in.
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.
Category

Vintage 1980s Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Stacked Lucite Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Karl Springer in the 1970s, this striking table lamp alternates stacked discs and wedges of Lucite along a chrome rod from which extend two light sockets.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Sandblasted Lucite Torchere by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning pair of monumental torchiere floor lamps. These oversized lamps were designed by Karl Springer for Karl Springer Ltd, circa 1970s for bespoken spacious interior as stateme...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Lucite Glass Top Coffee Cocktail Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Wayne, NJ
Karl Springer Lucite coffee cocktail table. Unmarked.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

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 ...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Lucite and Brass Cocktail Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A glamorous Lucite and brass inlay with glass top Cocktail table designed by Karl Springer in the 1980s. The table has new 3/4” thick glass top and the acrylic legs have been newly p...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

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...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

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...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Brass

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.
Category

Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Brass, Chrome

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.
Category

Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Benin Head on Custom Lucite Base, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Authentic bronze Benin head on a custom Lucite base by Karl Springer, American 1970s (comes with a Letter of Authentication from Karl Springer's former Director of Design). Springer ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Signed Karl Springer Cocktail Table in Lucite and Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic cocktail table dates to the 1980s and was created by the iconic American furniture designer Karl Springer. The piece was acquired from a Palm Beach estate. N...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Sculptural Molded Lucite Bench with Seat Cushion, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural molded lucite bench with seat cushion by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This bench is ideal for a vanity. Reference: Karl Springer LTD brown paper catalog published i...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Benches

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Lucite

Pair of Liquid Lucite Column Table Lamps by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two large Lucite column table lamps composed of three stacked rectangular blocks with nickel fittings and original parchment shades, circa 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Sculpture Cocktail Table in Lucite and Brass by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is an impressive sculptural Lucite leg coffee table by Karl Springer. The cylinder lucite legs are 8.25" in diameter and finished with a polished brass detail that secures the g...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

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...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Set of 3 Unique Candle Holders in Lucite, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Unique set of 3 artisan candle holders in tinted and textured lucite designed to look like hand-blown scavo glass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These were done as prototypes. ...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Lucite and Chrome Floor Lamps by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of beautiful Lucite and chrome floor lamps designed and manufactured by Karl Springer in the early 1970s for a private home in NY. The lamps came from the original owners and a...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Upholstered Brass/ Lucite Ottoman Poufs, 1980s on Casters, a pair
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Karl Springer Upholstered Brass/ Lucite ottoman poufs, 1980s on Casters, a pair Offered for sale is a wonderful pair of Karl Springer rolling poufs. The matching poufs are upholst...
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Materials

Brass

Pair of Brass and Lucite Tulip Sconces by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
By Karl Springer circa 1970s, this pair of sconces were made of solid brass and Lucite, wall-mounted and each holds two sockets, a great example of 1970s design that is inspired by g...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Complimentary Pair Karl Springer Lucite and Gun Metal Torchiere Floor Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, 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...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Floor Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Cocktail Table Base with Brass Caps Vintage
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful angled and sculptural Karl Springer lucite table base has brass caps. There is no glass provided for this great base. One piece of lucite is longer than the other as i...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Lucite Gunmetal and 24-Karat Gold Floor Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A chic and rare floor lamp comprising a cantilevered top and an asymmetrical V-shaped base (17.5" and 14.5" length), the tubular shaped body in gunmetal with 24-karat gold accents an...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Floor Lamps

Materials

24k Gold

Karl Springer Brass Lucite Ionic Column Table Lamp Postmodern Neoclassical Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous sculptural Lucite and brass neoclassical revival postmodern table lamp, circa 1980, attributed to Karl Springer. Lampshade in first image not included.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Brass Lucite Ionic Column Table Lamp Postmodern Neoclassical Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous sculptural Lucite and brass neoclassical revival postmodern table lamp, circa 1980, attributed to Karl Springer.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Coffee Table with 4 Sand Blasted Lucite Legs 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Coffee table with 4 sand blasted solid lucite legs with thick glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed "Karl Springer" on leg). We can customize the glass top any size. Th...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Magnificent Pair Karl Springer Marbleized Blue Lacquer Lucite Table Lamps, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent and rare pair of Karl Springer marbleized blue lacquer and Lucite bubble table lamps, USA, 1970s. Retains Springer's original marbleized blue lacquered finish over three ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

American Modern Unique Chrome, Brass and Lucite King Size Bed, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
A fine custom king size bed by Karl Springer, created with the utmost care / quality materials. The headboard and footboard feature chrome frames with Lucite insets, each having a fi...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Stacked Disc Lucite Table Lamp, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Impressive midcentury Lucite stacked disk table lamp by Karl Springer, 1970s Shade not included.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Lucite and Polished Gunmetal Torchieres by Karl Springer, circa 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Pasadena, CA
Rare pair of grandly scaled torchiere floor lamps by Karl Springer, circa 1970s. Plated in polished gunmetal with Lucite sheathing on the center columns. Very, very good condition.
Category

Vintage 1970s Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

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 ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

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...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Chrome

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.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Bronze

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 ...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Lucite

Karl Springer Floor Lamp, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Most amazingly and rare floor lamp by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Gunmetal finish highlighted with a bronze finish. The gunmetal stem is covered in Lucite.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer Rare Prototype Candleholders in Lucite and Brass circa 1985, Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare prototype candleholders in Lucite and brass by Karl Springer, American, circa 1985. Only a small number of these were made. Provenance: From the Collection of a Karl...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Art Deco Candlesticks

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Lucite, Glass and Gold Plated Over Brass Console, Desk or Table
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This elegant vintage Karl Springer console table, writing desk, entry table or dining table has 4 arched lucite columns that rest on a 22 carat gold plated over brass angled plinth p...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Gold, Brass

Karl Springer Gunmetal Wall Scones
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These unique pair of 'Spun Shaped Wall Scones´ were designed by Karl Springer. The wall scones are made of Gunmetal and are placed on detailed Lucite backs which are made of satinate...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

  • Karl Springer Gunmetal Wall Scones
  • Karl Springer Gunmetal Wall Scones
  • Karl Springer Gunmetal Wall Scones
  • Karl Springer Gunmetal Wall Scones
H 9.85 in. W 25.2 in. D 3.94 in.
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 ...
Category

1990s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Sculptural Molded Clear Acrylic Bench by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1970’s Sculptural clear acrylic bench by Karl Springer. Constructed of one piece of acrylic that’s molded in to shape. Newly professionally polished. Measurements: 28” Wide, 16” ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Benches

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Etruscan Wall Sconces Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of wall Etruscan sconces designed and manufactured by Karl Springer, circa 1970s. Made of chromed steel with opaque Lucite. Great proportion with modern materials and silhouet...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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...
Category

Late 20th Century American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

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...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

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...
Category

Late 20th Century American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

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.
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp with String Shade by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Toledo, OH
A fantastic table lamp by Karl Springer. This great lamp features three round plaster compressed spheres separated by two Lucite spacers. It has a two light cluster socket with Sprin...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

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...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

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

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Large Ron Seff Goat Skin Rare Lucite Base Expandable Dining Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Westport, CT
Ron Seff Goat Skin Lucite base versatile extra-large expandable dining/conference table, when closed 72" with two leave 20"each when fully opened 112" in exceptional condition bevel...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Lucite, Wood

Karl Springer Style Lucite Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Superb and impressive large Karl Springer style Lucite table lamp Heavy and massive Without finial and harp: 27" H.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

  • Karl Springer Style Lucite Lamp
  • Karl Springer Style Lucite Lamp
  • Karl Springer Style Lucite Lamp
  • Karl Springer Style Lucite Lamp
H 39 in. W 8 in. D 8 in.
Lucite & Chrome Column Lamp, Karl Springer Style
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful table lamp with a chrome base and thick lucite rods in the style of Karl Springer. The lamp takes 3 light bulbs, is it retains the original wiring.A true Mid Century mod...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Chrome

  • Lucite & Chrome Column Lamp, Karl Springer Style
  • Lucite & Chrome Column Lamp, Karl Springer Style
  • Lucite & Chrome Column Lamp, Karl Springer Style
  • Lucite & Chrome Column Lamp, Karl Springer Style
H 30.50 in. W 5.50 in. D 5.50 in.
Karl Springer Style Round Stacked Lucite Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer style round stacked Lucite lamp with double light socket. Measures: 31.5 height (top of finial) x 10 in diameter (at its widest). Base 8 in diameter. Shade not included.
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Lucite

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Karl Springer Lucite Furniture For Sale on 1stDibs

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