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Karl Springer Furniture

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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Complimentary Pair Karl Springer Lucite and Gun Metal Torchiere Floor Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, 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...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Pair of Liquid Lucite Column Table Lamps by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Karl Springer Brass and Gunmetal Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer, Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Nickel and Lucite Lamp By Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Floor Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Walter Von Nesson 'Skyscraper' Floor Lamp
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Karl Springer Leather and Brass Desk
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Great early example of Springer's luxurious modernism. Simple brass frame with camel leather top and drawers. Two drawers and leveling feet.
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  • Karl Springer Leather and Brass Desk
  • Karl Springer Leather and Brass Desk
  • Karl Springer Leather and Brass Desk
  • Karl Springer Leather and Brass Desk
H 29.5 in. W 50 in. D 26 in.
Pair of Oak Onassis Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Original oxblood red mahogany stained chairs with complimentary red and green silk fabric seats. Wonderful mix of color and form.
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  • Pair of Oak Onassis Chairs by Karl Springer
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  • Pair of Oak Onassis Chairs by Karl Springer
H 29.5 in. W 26.5 in. D 20 in.
Karl Springer Lucite Table Lamp--Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Large stacked acrylic cubes with chromed hardware and double cluster socket. Great original condition. Signed on base.
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