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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Monumental Signed Karl Springer Tessellated Consol...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Signed with an original tag this 8 foot tessellated Karl Springer console table is perfect for any living or entrance area.
Étagère by Karl Springer for Karl Springer, Ltd...
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Shelves
Aluminum, Smoked Glass
Sold with a "Certificate of Authentication" from Tom Langevin, former director for Karl Springer, Ltd.
Signed Karl Springer Tessellated Bench
Modern-Decor
Signed Karl Springer Tessellated Bench
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Great Karl Springer lift top bench can be used for storage. Great display item. Signed with an original label.
Rare Karl Springer Pullman Sofa, circa 1985
Modern-Decor
Rare Karl Springer Pullman Sofa, circa 1985
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rare Karl Springer pullman sofa. This sofa was purchased in 1985 and has the Original Receipt.
Karl Springer Side Table
Grinard Collection
Karl Springer Side Table
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Leather
A signed Karl Springer side table with embossed leather and brass support. Signed "Karl Springer, 1994."                 
Karl Springer Lucite and Nickel Floor Lamp
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Floor Lamps
Brass, Lucite, Nickel, Silk
Elegant Karl Springer Lucite and polished nickel floor lamp with a new white linen shade in the exact shape and size as the original shade. Measures: 60" H, base 9" square, shade 15-3/4...
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Azalea Modern
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Karl Springer snakeskin telephone table. Petite telephone table wrapped in python snakeskin. Item signed and dated.
Set of Eight Karl Springer Onassis Chairs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Chairs
Lacquer, Leather, Wood
A wonderful matched set of chairs. Original tan leather seats.
Karl Springer Bone and Brass Cocktail Table for Bj...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare custom Karl Springer bone and brass cocktail table made for Bjorn Borg, circa 1975. Cut corner, cut edge, on recessed brass base. It has been authenticated by the former Director o...
Pair of Purcell Brass and Glass Sconces by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Glass, Brass
A pair of 1970s Art Deco inspired parcel sconces. Teal colored chiseled glass drops.
Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Drum End Table
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Glass, Stone
An iconic Karl Springer occasional table with a 1 inch thick plate glass cantilevered top.
Massive Pair of Karl Springer Purcell Brass Gun Me...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Lucite
Iconic pair of Art Deco style sconces.  Extremely light conductive vertical sculptural (waterfall like) slice of Lucite stacked together, mounted on a brass structure with a high glo...
Spectacular Pair of Karl Springer Gunmetal Grass C...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern End Tables
Glass, Grasscloth
Fantastic and versatile Karl Springer custom designed side/end tables that are in an elegant and modern muted gunmetal sheen grass cloth with a thick beveled black glass top. These were...
Karl Springer Lacquered Snakeskin Decorative Box
Karl Springer
American Post-Modern Boxes
Animal Skin, Suede
A scrupulously-crafted, decorative trinket or jewelry box by Karl Springer comprising a rectangular body with a domed, hinged lid and a suede-lined interior. The outside is wrapped enti...
Karl Springer Lacquer Airport Coffee Table, 1980
Modern Epic Antiques
Karl Springer Lacquer Airport Coffee Table, 1980
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Airport coffee table by Karl Springer. Simple geometric design with great proportions. New perfect high gloss lacquer finish.
Karl Springer, Pair of Brass and Gunmetal Torchier...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Floor Lamps
A pair of large torchieres (Torchiere #3) by Karl Springer finished in a sophisticated pairing of metals – Architectural polished gold-bronze and gunmetal. Each lamp features a gunmetal...
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Avalon
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Chrome, Leather, Steel
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black kid glove leather upholstery.
Karl Springer Chinese Chair
Solo Modern
Karl Springer Chinese Chair
Karl Springer
American Side Chairs
Brass, Chrome, Leather, Lucite
Purchased from the original owner, who purchased the chair along with Regency dining chairs from Springer in the 1980s. According to Mark Eckman, one of Springer's collaborators, there ...
Karl Springer "Soufflé" Ottomans
Solo Modern
Karl Springer "Soufflé" Ottomans
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Pair of "soufflé" ottomans with nickel plated bases, dark gray Turkish velvet upholstery and recessed castors.
Karl Springer Coffee Table in Rare Gunmetal and Go...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Chrome, Glass
Karl Springer coffee table in rare gunmetal and gold tone finish, signed, 1970s. Glass has a smoked amber tint. Condition is excellent with less than average wear for age and use. Se...
Karl Springer, Signed Ice Bucket Vase
Karl Springer, Seguso Company
20th Century American Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Karl Springer designed ice bucket/ vase. Made by Seguso, Murano, Italy. Signed "Karl Springer," circa 1978. “Certificate of Authenticity” by Tom Langevin, former Director of Design a...
Karl Springer Bronze Base Pouf Ottomans
Modern Drama
Karl Springer Bronze Base Pouf Ottomans
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Bronze, Wool
Rare bronze base pouf ottomans by Karl Springer with recessed castors. Newly upholstered in furry wool by Holland & Sherry. “Certificate of Authenticity” by Tom Langevin, former Dire...
Karl Springer Shagreen Cocktail Table Signed
Karl Springer
Philippine Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bone, Shagreen
Impressive Karl Springer blue shagreen cocktail table with bone inlays details and leg caps. Made in the Philippines for Karl Springer in the 1980s. Signed with plaque on underside. Squ...
Mid-Century Modern Brass and Glass Side Table afte...
Karl Springer, Cedric Hartman, Pace Collection
Canadian Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Glass
Extremely heavy well made table. It features heavy brass pedestal frame with thick glass top. Marked: made in Canada, circa 1980-1990s. In the style of: Karl Springer, Leon Rosen, Pa...
Karl Springer "Sculpture Tables" in Gunmetal Signe...
Karl Springer
American Side Tables
Pair of "Sculpture Tables" in gunmetal finish with thick cantilevered glass slabs. Heavy weighted bases. One table base is signed on lower center back. The pair is in excellent conditio...
Karl Springer Coffee Table with Illuminated Base
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Fabric, Wood
Unusual coffee table by Karl Springer Ltd. The faceted rectangular top is covered in lacquered black linen fabric with a bone inlay border. The recessed pedestal base is illuminated by ...
Karl Springer Scavo Glass Ash Tray for Seguso
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Murano Glass
Karl Springer Scavo art glass bowl designed by Karl Springer and manufactured by Seguso in Murano Italy. This bowl is in very good vintage condition overall with some small scratches on...
Pair of Large Karl Springer Murano Scavo Glass Tab...
Karl Springer, Archimede Seguso
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Murano Glass
Pr Karl Springer Murano art glass table lamps. Large Trumpet form glass elements with lobed glass base. Textured milky finish. Signed Karl Springer. The base and the collar have been p...
“Mark II” Coffee Table Designed by Karl Springer, ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Leather, Glass
Coffee table covered in red leather with inset smoked glass top designed by Karl Springer signed and dated 1983. This fantastic table displays wonderful architectural lines, the red le...
Karl Springer Black Pot Vessel, Signed, One of a K...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Post-Modern Vases and Vessels
Pottery
Karl Springer commissioned black pot vessel. Beautiful matte black finish with slight iridescence at certain angles. This large piece is one of a kind. Karl Springer commissioned the po...
Karl Springer Gunmetal over Copper and Fossil Ston...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Copper, Stone
An uncommon Springer piece, this authenticated "rain drum" table is constructed of spun copper with a gunmetal finish. The round fossil stone top is 2.5" thick and has a beveled edge. P...
Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Chrome, Linen, Upholstery, Wool
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool or linen upholstery and chrome circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive , Chicago estate.
Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Occasional Table
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A nice scaled occasional table or small cocktail/coffee table with Lucite legs, brass banding and stretcher with inset glass top. Incised signature on stretcher.   
Brass and Leather Modernist Bench
Ventura
Brass and Leather Modernist Bench
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Benches
A Classic modern design in solid brass and white faux leather. Bench measures 52" wide, 26.5" high and 16" deep. The seat alone is 28" wide, 16" deep and 4" thick. Seat is newly reuphol...
Karl Springer Regency Dining Chairs Set of Ten
Karl Springer
American Dining Room Chairs
Lambskin, Stainless Steel
Set of ten heavy steel and leather dining armchairs. Purchased from the original owner who bought the set from Karl Springer while living in Manhattan in the mid-1980s. Upholstered in t...
Group of Five Karl Springer Two-Tone Candlesticks
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Brass, Nickel
Group of five Karl Springer two-tone brass and steel candlesticks of various heights. Various heights: tallest 19.75 x 6.25 2- 15.75 x 6.5 2- 13 x 6.25.
Karl Springer Polished Nickel and Bronze Coffee Ta...
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Superb coffee table by Karl Springer, nickel on bronze with polished bronze accents. Comes with new glass top (shown without glass top in pictures).
Cantilevered Steel and Cushion Stool by Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Stools
Steel, Upholstery
Exquisite stool by Karl Springer made of steel with a solid flat steel base and a cantilevered steel trunk. The white marine-leather cushion is oblong and the Springer label is on the f...
Exceptional 80s Brass and Glass Coffee Table Attri...
Karl Springer
American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A gorgeous chic, modern piece of furniture believed to be designed by Karl Springer. Unsigned. From a VERY upscale, professionally designed Rancho Mirage Estate. This 3/4" glass and br...
Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
Avalon
Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Karl Springer nude leather "Tulip" armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Sold by the pair (two). Four chairs total available.
Karl Springer Shagreen and Wood Coffee Table, 1987...
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A rare coffee table by Karl Springer. Beautiful shagreen top with a thick solid wood frame, corners are lacquered. Signed and dated underneath.
Goatskin Covered Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large goatskin covered Parsons coffee table designed by Karl Springer. Comes with authentication by Tom Langevin, former Director of Design of Springer Ltd. A second, slightly larger...
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Eclectiques
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century End Tables
Brass, Serpentine, Wood
Karl Springer signed snakeskin telephone table on brass wheels.
Pair of Wall-Mounted Demilune "Tulip Base Consoles...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Art Deco Console Tables
Pair of rare and exceptionally crafted wall-mounted demilune "Tulip Base Consoles" in stainless steel and brass with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer Table Lamp in Python
Solo Modern
Karl Springer Table Lamp in Python
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps
Brass, Wood
An early example of Springer's exotic hide covered furniture. Re-skinned by a former Springer workshop artisan, Eileen Johnson. Rewired and sockets updated for immediate use.
Stainless Steel Eight-Drawer Chest by Karl Springe...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
With four drawers left and four drawers right and clear mirror top. Photocopy of original invoice from Karl Springer LTD. is available.
Stainless Steel Night Table with Mirror Top by Kar...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
With three graduated drawers and clear mirror top. Photocopy of original invoice from Karl Springer LTD. is available.
Three Shagreen Nesting Tables, Signed Karl Springe...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Shagreen
Very rare set of three shagreen nesting tables (signed Karl Springer) with original label.
Signed Monumental Karl Springer Gunmetal and Brass...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass
A large-scale two-tier Karl Springer round leg coffee table. The glass is a rich smoked amber. This quality of the table, Is exceptional. Original pristine condition.
Goatskin Console, Side Table by Karl Spinger, 1980...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Goatskin, Lacquer, Wood
Goatskin console by Karl Springer, United States, 1980s. Measure: W 183 cm, D 43 cm, H 67 cm. Excellent condition ! Worldwide shipping.
Karl Springer Scored-Leather "Sculpture Bench"
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
American Benches
Leather
Architectural bench fully covered in smooth scored leather in a beautiful light gray-taupe color. A fine example of Springer's meticulous attention to detail, high-quality workmanship, ...
Pair of Dome Top Art Deco Style Mirrors by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Glass, Mirror
A large pair of Art Deco-Style "Dome Top" wall mirrors designed and manufactured by Karl Springer Ltd (German/New York, 1931-1991) circa 1970s. The mirrors feature glassed arched crests...
Two Piece Set of Karl Springer Candlesticks Ivory ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Art Deco Candle Holders
Nickel, Shagreen
This Art Deco style set of two candleholders are by the iconic furniture designer Karl Springer and were created in the 1970s-1980s. They are fabricated in nickel-plated brass with ivor...
Karl Springer Console Dining Table
TISHU
Karl Springer Console Dining Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Brass, Glass, Stainless Steel
Pair of authenticated tulip table bases designed and manufactured by Karl Springer, Ltd. The bases are currently reconfigured as a pair of console tables with glass tops, but they can a...
Pair of Karl Springer Brass and Lucite End Tables
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Glass, Lucite
In excellent condition, featuring distinctive design and incised Karl Springer signature. Glass top set into polished brass frame. Thick cylindrical Lucite legs.
Karl Springer Free-Form Tables
Galerie XX
Karl Springer Free-Form Tables
Karl Springer
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A great set of signed Karl Springer free-form tables in fossilized coral.
Karl Springer "Round Leg Coffee Table" in Steel an...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Smoked Glass
A heavy Karl Springer round leg coffee table in gunmetal and brass with original smoked glass top by Karl Springer, (Signed).
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Brass Coffee Table
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Brass Coffee Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
This documented triangular leg base coffee table by Karl Springer is topped with a beveled speckled granite plateau. Very heavy and stunning.
Karl Springer Snakeskin Round Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin, Wood
A hard-to-find Karl Springer snakeskin table, this has a rich chocolate brown, great column legs and other appealing lines. It can work for your home as an occasional table, a side tabl...
Two-Tier Table in Tessellated Stone by Karl Spring...
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Stone
Gorgeous, seldom-seen two-tier table in tessellated stone with brass inlays. Karl Springer label in single mahogany drawer, American, 1980s.