Skip to main content

Karl Springer Furniture

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.

Applied Filters1 result
Creator:Karl Springer
Dealer:Mantiques Modern
1
to
Item Ships From
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
211
17
3
2
2
Karl Springer Large Size Table Top Vanity Mirror, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
This is a fine example of what is arguably one of Karl Springers most iconic designs. These mirrors are typically found in the smaller size. This is the medium-sized example. These a...
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Gold, Stainless Steel

Related Items
Giant Op -Art 1970's coffee table
Located in New York, NY
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Milo Baughman Coffee Table
By Milo Baughman
Located in New York, NY
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome, Burl

Rare Hermes table Lighter by Dupont
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Category

1970s French Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Silver Plate

Incredible Seven Cylinder Jacobs Aircraft Engine Coffee Table
Located in New York, NY
Category

1930s American Industrial Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Brass, Glass

Amazing and Unique Coffee Table Fabricate from Giant Industrial Wheels
Located in New York, NY
Category

20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Gilt Bronze and Barovier Glass Boar Sculpture
By Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Glass

Gilt Bronze and Barovier Glass Boar Sculpture
By Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Category

Late 20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Glass

Homer Gunn Bronze
By Homer Gunn
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Surrealist Bronze on Lucite Base
Located in New York, NY
Category

1990s Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Vermeil Frames
Located in New York, NY
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Vermeil

Shop Related Creators