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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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Pair of Signed Springer Bleached Oak Onassis Chairs, 1983 - Two Pairs Available
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
Beach-chic tones of cream, white, oyster grey and palest taupe make these bleached oak 1980s Karl Springer "Onassis" chairs absolute stunners. Expertly upholstered in a luxe cream bo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Oak, Bouclé

Pair of Karl Springer Cerused Oak Dowelwood Chairs
By Karl Springer, Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Silk, Oak

Massive Karl Springer Tri-Color Goatskin Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Set of Four Signed Karl Springer Lizard Embossed Leather JMF Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

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Karl Springer Mirror in Crocodile-Embossed Leather
By Karl Springer
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Pair of Karl Springer Lamps
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Crocodile Embossed Leather Backgammon Table by Karl Springer
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Karl Springer Chrome and Brass Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
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Coveted chrome and brass vanity mirror by Karl Springer. 13.5" diameter mirror flips to magnifying side on back. Excellent condition. Professionally polished.
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Pair of Signed Karl Springer Alligator Embossed Leather Side Tables
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Lucite Coffee Table by Karl Springer
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