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.

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Substantial Karl Springer Grasscloth Coffee Table ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Modern Tables
Brass, Grasscloth
A substantial 1970s Karl Springer grasscloth coffee or cocktail table with brass banding around the legs. Vintage condition. The table needs to be restored.
Karl Springer Tessellated Horn Dining Table
Karl Springer
North American Dining Room Tables
Karl Springer Tessellated horn 60" dining table with Lucite and chrome base. Excellent condition. Base has three Lucite columns and chrome base. Would also work as a center table.
Karl Springer Alternating Brass and Chrome Floor L...
Karl Springer
American Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Chrome
This mint condition Karl Springer floor lamp has the two sockets with pull chains. It has alternating chrome and brass with a 12" diameter round chrome base. This was never used and i...
Karl Springer Octagonal Chrome and Marbleized Lacq...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Lacquer, Mirror, Chrome
Large-scale Karl Springer octagonal wall mirror with 1" bevel. Marbleized lacquer frame with chrome inlaid borders at every angle.
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.
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. We...
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Exhibit Modern
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin, Brass, Silk
Petite telephone table wrapped in snakeskin with original casters designed by Karl Springer. Very graphic patterning to the light green snakeskin. Beautiful and functional object. Unmar...
Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Karl Springer...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Wood
Wood construction with painted red /white finish. Table is sold in as found condition. Probably best to have it professionally restored, but definitely will make an accent in any settin...
Karl Springer Python Coffee Table
Karl Springer Python Coffee Table
Liz O'Brien
Karl Springer Python Coffee Table
Karl Springer
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Wood
Rectangular coffee table covered in real brown python with polished steel banding on the legs.
Karl Springer Tortoise Goatskin Coffee Table, 1973...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Early coffee table by Karl Springer in the gorgeous and elusive tortoise goatskin. Glossy finish. Great pattern and color, with a lot of visual depth.
"Pergamon Credenza" in Embossed Lizard Leather by ...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Exceptional "Pergamon Credenza" in raspberry embossed lizard leather with diamond pulls and inset black glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. As with all Karl Springer pieces, t...
Karl Springer Bronze Urn
Karl Springer Bronze Urn
Modern Drama
Karl Springer Bronze Urn
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Bronze
Bronze urn by Karl Springer, circa 1980. Bronze with gilding and applied green patina.
Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
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.
Large Stag Sculpture by Roberto Estevez for Karl S...
Karl Springer, Roberto Estevez
American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Large and impressive stag sculpture, head in iridescent gunmetal faux granite nitrocellulose lacquer over a fiberglass casting with solid brass base and authentic horns, by Roberto Este...
Solid Marble Console
Solid Marble Console
Pegaso Gallery Design
Solid Marble Console
Karl Springer
20th Century American Console Tables
Marble
Solid marble console. Marble is a terracotta color.
Large Mirror with Frame in Gold Leaf by Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Rectangular wall-hanging mirror with frame in lacquered gold leaf by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This mirror can hang vertically or horizontally.
Karl Springer Two-Tier Coffee Tablen Polished Nick...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Nickel
Karl Springer coffee table with smoked glass and polished nickel and brass round column corners legs with signature on side, in all original condition.
Karl Springer Coffee or Cocktail Table with Oval G...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Modern Tables
Glass, Lucite
A substantial Karl Springer coffee or cocktail table with oval 3/4" thick glass top supported by a Lucite base. Glass: 50" diameter x 16 1/4" high. Base: 18" high x 7 1/2" width x...
Modern Karl Springer Rectangular Coffee or Cocktai...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Modern Tables
Glass, Lucite
A modern Karl Springer coffee or cocktail table with rectangular glass top and Lucite base, circa 1970s. Measures top: 53 L x 29 3/4 W x 15 3/4 H. Base: 10 L x 4 1/4 W x 18 1/4 H.
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
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.
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.
Signed Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Signed Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Stripe Vintage Modern
Signed Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer
American Side Tables
Animal Skin, Brass
Karl Springer telephone table in rust-colored python, with polished brass castors. Leather Karl Springer label, dated 1985.
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...
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...
"Telephone Table" Covered in Dark Brown Python by ...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
"Telephone Table" covered in dark brown python with undersides covered in moire silk by Karl Springer, American 1983 (label reads "Karl Springer 1983").
Two-Tier Table in Tessellated Horn with Brass Inla...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Two-tier side table in tessellated horn with brass inlays by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Original sticker on bottom reads "KS-39."
Pair of Wall-Mounted "Tulip Base Consoles" by Karl...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Pair of wall-mounted "tulip base consoles" in stainless steel and brass with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.     
Large Lucite Table by Karl Springer, circa 1970
Large Lucite Table by Karl Springer, circa 1970
Olivier Biltereyst
Large Lucite Table by Karl Springer, circa 1970
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Glass, Lucite
Large Lucite table by Karl Springer, circa 1970, USA. Thick Lucite structure with 15 mm glass top. High quality production. Measures: W 200 cm, D 100 cm, H 74 cm. Good original condi...
Large Signed Box by Karl Springer
Large Signed Box by Karl Springer
Sputnik Modern
Large Signed Box by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Boxes
A large box with brass trim and mahogany interior. Designed by Karl Springer.
Karl Springer Goatskin Curved Console Table
Karl Springer Goatskin Curved Console Table
Galere
Karl Springer Goatskin Curved Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Goatskin, Wood
A rarely seen example from Karl Springer. Wonderful original condition. Signed.
Faux Turtle Shell
Faux Turtle Shell
The Antique and Artisan Gallery
Faux Turtle Shell
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Other Sculptures
Resin, Wood
Faux, mounted turtle shell.
Embossed Karl Springer Console Table
Embossed Karl Springer Console Table
Full Circle Modern
Embossed Karl Springer Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Naugahyde, Wood
1970s Karl Springer console wrapped in embossed ivory vinyl. Signed with leather label. This item is in our Brooklyn showroom.
Two-Tier Coffee Table in Embossed Lizard Leather b...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Two-tier triangular leg coffee table covered in dark brown embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1980s.  
DiGerlando Coffee Table in Ash Burl with Brass Inl...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Early and rare DiGerlando Coffee Table in ash burlwood with brass inlays and base in Carpathian elm by Karl Springer, American, 1970s (retains original label on bottom which reads "Karl...
Free-Form Coffee Tables by Karl Springer
Free-Form Coffee Tables by Karl Springer
Modern Drama
Free-Form Coffee Tables by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Stainless Steel
"Free-form coffee table" by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Polished stainless steel bases with thick black glass tops. Table measures: 51 long x 33 deep x 19 tall. Another larger table ...
Large Free-Form Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Large Free-Form Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Modern Drama
Large Free-Form Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Stainless Steel
"Free-Form Coffee Table" by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Polished stainless steel bases with thick black glass tops. This large-scale table was custom ordered to a size larger than regul...
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.
Monumental Mirror in the Manner of Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Tortoise Shell
This mirror is an incredible 60" in diameter. Tortoise shell casing is faux.
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
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 Leather Wrapped JMF Dining Chairs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Chairs
Leather, Wood
A Classic form reinterpreted in leather by Karl Springer.
Rare "Sculpture Table" in Sandstone by Karl Spring...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Side Tables
Bronze, Glass, Sandstone
Sandstone with thick cantilevered glass top and bronze cap screw fitting. "Sculpture table" by Karl Springer.
Backgammon Game Board Covered in Snake Skin by Kar...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Game Boards
Backgammon game board covered in whip snake with hand-stitched leather board, matching cup and original game pieces by Karl Springer, American 1970s.  
Set of Four Onassis Chairs in Metallic Gray Lacque...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of four Onassis chairs in a custom metallic gray lacquer with baseball stitched glove leather seats by Karl Springer, American, 1987. These chairs were made for an interior by Val...
Karl Springer Up Light
Karl Springer Up Light
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center
Karl Springer Up Light
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Bronze
Angled up light canister with dark bronzed satin finish.
Pair of Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Cocktail Ta...
Karl Springer
Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
In excellent condition, featuring distinctive design and incised Karl Springer signature. Heavy glass top set into polished brass frame. Thick cylindrical Lucite legs.
Exceptional Karl Springer 1980s Iconic Brass and G...
Karl Springer
American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A gorgeous chic, modern piece of furniture designed by the late, Karl Springer. From a VERY upscale, professionally designed Rancho Mirage Estate. This 3/4" glass and brass coffee tabl...
Python Covered Side Table by Karl Springer
Python Covered Side Table by Karl Springer
Sputnik Modern
Python Covered Side Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Side Tables
A python covered side table on casters. Designed by Karl Springer.
Karl Springer Inlaid Tessellated Marble Pedestal T...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Tables
A Mid-Century white tessellated marble pedestal table with curving brass inlay. The piece retains its original brass label underneath.
Exceptional Table Lamp in Embossed Lizard Leather ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Exceptional table lamp with shade, both in steel clad in yellow embossed lizard leather, by Karl Springer, American 1974. Height is adjustable from 22” to 26”.  
Karl Springer, Lucite Console Table
Karl Springer, Lucite Console Table
The Silver Fund
Karl Springer, Lucite Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Glass, Lucite
Karl Springer Mid-Century console table with pure lines and thick Lucite base with glass top. Signed Karl Springer.
Karl Springer Swivel Bucket Chairs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Brass, Velvet
Pair of swivel chairs by Karl Springer with new velvet upholstery and polished brass base.
Pair of Karl Springer Suede End Tables
Pair of Karl Springer Suede End Tables
Irwin Feld Design
Pair of Karl Springer Suede End Tables
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American End Tables
Glass, Suede, Brass
Pair of suede end tables by Karl Springer with glass tops, brass base and single bottom drawer. Provenance Olympic Tower residence.
Magnificent Karl Springer Chunky Lucite Coffee Tab...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Lucite
Magnificent Karl Springer chunky Lucite and glass coffee table. 3/4" thick glass with four double bullnose thick Lucite legs suspending it-breathtaking!
Crocodile Embossed Leather Small Square Dining Car...
Karl Springer
20th Century Hollywood Regency Dining Room Tables
Brass, Leather
Very elegant and designer crocodile embossed leather square dining card table by Karl Springer. Table is a slightly off white slightly glossy leather with beautiful brass CAP details. T...
Karl Springer Style Chairs in Blue Leather with Br...
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Leather, Metal
Karl Springer style chairs in blue leather with a brass finish base on casters. We are selling all three together or a pair or a single. These chairs are in beautiful condition. Leather...
Lacquered Goatskin Hanging Dressing Vanity and Mir...
Karl Springer
20th Century Colombian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Very nice lacquered goat skin hanging vanity with the matching mirror.
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 Leather Wrapped Console Table
Karl Springer Leather Wrapped Console Table
Galere
Karl Springer Leather Wrapped Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Leather, Wood
The console is a union of Classic form and imaginative materials. By Karl Springer.
Pair of Karl Springer Onassis Chairs
Pair of Karl Springer Onassis Chairs
Vestige
Pair of Karl Springer Onassis Chairs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Oak
Pair of 'Onassis' chairs by Karl Springer. Solid oak construction with original red leather seats, circa late 1970s.
Karl Springer, "Jackie O" Lacquered Goatskin Chair...
Karl Springer
Chairs
An iconic shape designed by Karl Springer, this single "Jackie O" chair features a rich brown free-form inlay goat-skin with a lacquer finish. The rare piece is in excellent condition, ...