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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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Set of Four Onassis White Lacquer Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four "Jackie Onassis" chairs by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Finished in glossy white lacquer and upholstered in a black leather with a slight surface texture. The chairs fea...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood, Leather

Pair of Brass and Lucite Tulip Sconces by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Lucite

Pair of Etruscan Wall Sconces Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Steel, Chrome, Lucite

Pair of Sandblasted Lucite Torchere by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Lucite

Karl Springer Console Dining Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Glass, Stainless Steel

Club Lounge Chair on Castors by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

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Set of JMF Lacquered Goatskin Chairs by Karl Springer
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Rare Stenciled Bronze Mushroom Lamp by Karl Springer
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Massive "Saturn" Mirror by Karl Springer
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Leather and Chrome Lounge Chair Karl Springer
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Pair Karl Springer brass trimmed stools poufs on castors
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Embossed Leather Clad Executive Desk Karl Springer
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