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.

Karl Springer Rare Pair of JMF Chairs in Shagreen with Bone Inlays, 1980s
Karl Springer Rare Pair of JMF Chairs in Shagre...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Bone, Shagreen, Wood
Pair of JMF chairs in shagreen with bone inlays and sabots by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom with Karl Springer labels).  
Karl Springer Pair of "Upholstered Chairs" 1980s
Karl Springer Pair of "Upholstered Chairs" 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Wood
Pair of exceptionally crafted "Upholstered Chairs" by Karl Springer, American 1980s. The fabric on these lounge chairs is superb and is in like-new condition.
Karl Springer Round Large Saturn Mirror
Karl Springer Round Large Saturn Mirror
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Karl Springer large round Saturn beveled mirror.   
Karl Springer Hand-Carved African Sculpture on Custom Suede Base, 1980s
Karl Springer Hand-Carved African Sculpture on ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Busts
Leather, Suede, Wood, Paint
Hand-carved African sculpture, woman's head with four horns, by the Ekoi tribe in Nigeria with a suede base by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (photo of original Karl Springer tag inc...
Karl Springer Lizard Skin Chess Table
Karl Springer Lizard Skin Chess Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Game Tables
Brass, Leather, Felt, Wood
A vintage American lizard skin covered chess table, made by Karl Springer, circa 1986. The top of the table has three sections that are edged in brass. When the centre section is rem...
Karl Springer Vintage Large Souffle Pouf or Ottoman
Karl Springer Vintage Large Souffle Pouf or Ott...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Stainless Steel, Upholstery, Wood
This ultra chic and large Karl Springer large shuffle pouf or ottoman has been newly re-upholstered and the brass plated aluminium original base has been changed to stainless steel b...
Karl Springer Illuminated Cocktail Table, circa 1970s
Karl Springer Illuminated Cocktail Table, circa...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Linen, Wood
An unusual 1970s, Karl Springer coffee table with a faceted, rectangular top covered in lacquered black linen fabric with inset bone trim, over a recessed pedestal base illuminated b...
Karl Springer Chinese Chair Acrylic Steel Leather Brass USA 1980's
Karl Springer Chinese Chair Acrylic Steel Leath...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Brass, Leather, Chrome, Lucite
Karl Springer Lucite Steel Leather Brass Chinese Chair USA 1980's. Purchased from the original owner, who purchased the chair along with Regency dining chairs from Springer in the 19...
Monumental "Saturn" Mirror by Karl Springer, 1980s
Monumental "Saturn" Mirror by Karl Springer, 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Enormous "Saturn" mirror in bevelled glass by Karl Springer, 1980s. Minor age appropriate wear (see photos) that in no way detracts from the striking and impressive quality of this m...
Pair of Free-Form Coffee Tables by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel
Set of two "Free-Form Coffee Tables" by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Seamless polished stainless steel forms rest on recessed castors to allow for mobility. Larger table measures: 51 ...
Karl Springer "Soufflé" Ottoman on Casters
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Ottomans and Poufs
Brass
A single Karl Springer "Soufflé" ottoman on a solid-brass base, slightly raised on hidden casters. Signature Springer quality and understated style. Base has been newly polished and ...
Karl Springer Souffle Pouf Ottoman Double Size
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Stools
Brass
Custom created for a home filled with Karl Springer is this rare double length ottoman pouf. A unique piece for it's size. Original fabric is in great condition but would also look g...
Pair of Karl Springer Purcell Glass and Gun Met...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Glass
These modernist yet Art Deco revival and influenced pair of Karl Springer Purcell sconces have green colored knife edge glass graduated drops. The gun metal finish is over bronze as ...
Karl Springer Gunmetal, Brass Coffee Table
Karl Springer
20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
Exceptional, iconic Parsons style coffee table in heavy gunmetal with a smoked glass inset top and brass pinstripe inlay. Pictured in the Karl Springer catalog. In overall great cond...
Karl Springer "J.M.F. Curved Bench" in Brass
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Early 2000s American Benches
Brass
This chic, iconic "J.M.F. Curved Bench" by Karl Springer is executed in solid brass with Brunschwig & Fils upholstery. The extremely heavy base demonstrates Springer's unwavering app...
1970s Parchment Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Goatskin
A 1970s Karl Springer parchment coffee table. Rectangular shape, beveled edges and great squat proportions. Medium sheen and overall warm gold and green tones.
Karl Springer Gunmetal and Smoked Glass Coffee ...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Karl Springer gunmetal and smoked glass coffee table. Original smoked glass.
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.
Karl Springer Lacquered Parchment or Goatskin C...
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Wood, Goatskin, Parchment Paper
Classic and iconic lacquered parchment (goatskin) console by Karl Springer Ltd, New York. Parchment over wood with top and base connected by two elegant curving supports, top front e...
Pair of Candleholders in Gunmetal by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Candle Holders
Pair of candleholders in gunmetal and brass by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer Python Coffee Table
Karl Springer
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
Rectangular coffee table covered in real brown python with polished steel banding on the legs.
Karl Springer Pair of Venetial Glass Wall Sconc...
Karl Springer, Seguso A.V.
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Art Glass
Pair of "Venetian glass wall sconces" in black scavo glass with illuminating Lucite backs by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (signed on bottoms “Karl Springer”).  
Karl Springer Macassar Wood, Bronze, Chrome and...
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
1990s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Chrome, Macassar
Known for his striking designs and use of exotic woods and luxurious materials, this cocktail table is an excellent example of Karl Springer's work. This expansively proportioned coc...
Modern Signed Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone...
Karl Springer
1990s American Post-Modern End Tables
Brass, Animal Skin
A beautiful Post-Modern designer 'telephone' side or end table by designer Karl Springer. Table is covered in a beautiful authentic snakeskin and supported by small brass caster whee...
American Modern Pair of Lucite and Polished Chr...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Chrome, Lucite
The chrome shade with rounded edges over a chunky Lucite base provenance ex collection Howard Rothberg, Karl Springer receipts available.
Dining or Hall Table in Lacquered Goatskin by K...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables
Round table with top covered in lacquered goatskin designed by Karl Springer, American, 1977 (original label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1977").
"Chinese Parsons Style Desk" by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables
"Chinese parsons style desk" covered in burgundy embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1985 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1985").
Large Bronze Candleholder by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Candle Holders
Large candleholder in bronze by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Karl Springer Black Textured Coffee Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Raffia, Wood
Great black textured coffee table by Karl Springer. Labeled underneath.
Karl Springer "Chinese Style Game Table" in Emb...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Leather, Wood
"Chines Style Game Table" in black embossed lizard by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This piece is meticulously crafted.
Karl Springer Bench with Stainless Steel Legs, ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Stainless Steel, Fabric, Foam
Bench in polished stainless steel with brass trim and upholstered seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern.
Karl Springer Black Lacquer Lucite Acrylic Tabl...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps
Acrylic, Plaster
Karl Springer black lacquer Lucite acrylic table lamp, USA, 1970s. Retains Springer's original black lacquered finish over three rounded plaster compressed spheres separated by two L...
Karl Springer Nickel and Brass Coffee Table, Si...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large example of this exquisite design. The frame is polished nickel and polished brass with clear glass. Signed. All original, no missing pieces. Measures: 46" square and 17" tall.
Karl Springer Fine End Table in Red and Black S...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Animal Skin, Silk, Wood
Beautifully Crafted Telephone Table style end table in red and black snake skin by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
Karl Springer Embossed 1970s Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Naugahyde, Wood
1970s Karl Springer console wrapped in embossed ivory vinyl. Signed with leather label. See this item in our Brooklyn showroom, 61 Greenpoint Ave., Suite 312, Brooklyn, 11 a.m. to ...
Karl Springer Lidded Box, circa 1980s
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Vintage 1980s American Decorative Boxes
Gold
1980s hinged box with gray suede lining by Karl Springer. Exterior is painted in maroon and speckled-yellow bands with gold accent stripes and black-painted ends. See this item in ...
Pair of Lucite and Polished Gunmetal Torchieres...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Floor Lamps
Lucite
Rare pair of grandly scaled torchiere floor lamps by Karl Springer, circa 1970s. Plated in polished gunmetal with Lucite sheathing on the center columns. Very, very good condition.
Large Lizard Skin Telephone Tables by Karl Spri...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Leather
Pair of large-scale telephone side tables by Karl Springer. Black lizard skin with brass wheels. Will be accompanied with “Certification of Authenticity” by Tom Langevin, former Dire...
Pair of Karl Springer Brass Sculpture Leg Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Post-Modern End Tables
Brass, Stainless Steel
Pair of sculpture leg side tables by Karl Springer. Mixed metal bases with polished stainless steel bases, brushed stainless top plate, and polished brass finial that holds cantileve...
Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Linen, Upholstery, Wool, Steel
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool or linen upholstery and brushed steel circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive , Chicago estate.
Karl Springer Double Chaise Lounge
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Karl Springer double chaise lounge. Made in dowel wood with rawhide detail. Seat and back cushion are covered in the original customer's choice of material.
Karl Springer Parchment Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Console Tables
Goatskin
Console table designed by Karl Springer. Clad in boxed lacquered goatskin.
Rare Signed Karl Springer Five-Panel Folding Sc...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers
Goatskin, Leather, Wood
A very rare signed goatskin and leather screen/room divider by Karl Springer. Each panel 18 3/16" wide by 85" tall. Stunning in person.
Pair of Karl Springer Lamps
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Karl Springer’s design is known for precise craftsmanship and a talent for choosing the right exotic materials to create unique pieces. He incorporated a long list of rare and precio...
Karl Springer Console Table in Embossed Lizard ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Metal
Exceptional "T-Style Console" in black embossed lizard leather with drawers in gunmetal by Karl Springer, American 1986 (leather label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1986"). The draw...
Pair of "Spun Shaped Wall Sconces" by Karl Spri...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Wall Lights and Sconces
Pair of "Spun Shaped Wall Sconces" in gunmetal with Lucite backs and inserts by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Lucite illuminates when lights are on (see photo). Total of three ar...
Karl Springer Waterfall Console, 1993, Signed
Karl Springer
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Leather, Wood
Waterfall console table in ostrich embossed ivory leather with gold overlay by Karl Springer, American 1993. Signed “Karl Springer 1993” on the underside of the console.
Modern Sculptural Bench Clad in Scored Brown Le...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Modern Benches
Leather
Mid-Century Modern sculptural bench clad in brown scored leather by Karl Springer.
Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Bench, 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Fabric, Lucite
Signed Karl Springer Lucite bench with brass United States, 1980s Signed Karl Springer Measures: 18 H x 27 W x 20 D in Lucite, brass, fabric.  
Exceptional 1970s Karl Springer Python Coveted ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Exceptional and rare 1970s cocktail table or side table completely covered in natural python skin by noted master designer Karl Springer. The quality and craftsmanship are absolutely...
Stacked Lucite Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps
Chrome, Lucite
Designed by Karl Springer in the 1970s, this striking table lamp alternates stacked discs and wedges of Lucite along a chrome rod from which extend two light sockets.
Karl Springer "Onassis Chair" in Lacquered Goat...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Goatskin, Suede, Wood, Lacquer
“Onassis Chair” in lacquered goatskin with hand-stitched seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This is a beautiful example of Karl Springers meticulous craftsmanship.
Mid-Century Venetian Glass Floor Lamp Documente...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Murano Glass
This sophisticated floor lamp was realized by Karl Springer- one of the most influential and celebrated American designers of the 20th century, circa 1980. Inspired by the timeless f...
Table Lamp in Brown Whip Snake by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Table Lamps
Table lamp covered in brown whip snake with bronze hardware designed by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Signed Karl Springer Two-Tiered Smoked Glass Co...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Smoked Glass, Nickel
Signed Karl Springer two-tiered smoked glass coffee table. This large nickel and brass coffee table has cylindrical legs and will make a sexy addition to any room, especially flanked...
Fine American Modern "Goatskin" Game Table/Exte...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Card Tables and Tea Tables
Overall in goatskin with a top that folds over to double in size, on four "Parsons" style legs, original Karl Springer receipt available with this item, table opens to 72" extended.
Rare Karl Springer "Sculpture" Bench in Polishe...
Karl Springer
1990s American Benches
Stainless Steel
Stunning and rare architectural Karl Springer "Sculpture" bench in stainless steel, circa 1990. This seamless 2-inch-thick ribbon of mirror-polished metal is very heavy and...
Karl Springer Goatskin Centre Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Goatskin, Wood
A vintage Mid-Century Modern lacquered goatskin accent table with circular top and two-tone cylindrical base. A wonderful gueridon that could also be used as a dining or breakfast ta...
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