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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Karl Springer Souffle Ottomans or Poufs

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Souffle Ottomans or Poufs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Ottomans and Poufs
Upholstery
Original pair of Karl Springer Souffle ottomans or poufs on casters for easy moving. Polished steel base's, great design and very useful. Sold as a pair.
Karl Springer Pair of "Telephone Tables" Covered in Cobra Skin, 2002
Karl Springer Pair of "Telephone Tables" Covered i...
Karl Springer
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Silk, Wood, Python
Pair of fine "Telephone Tables" covered in brown cobra skin with brass casters by Karl Springer, 2002.
Large Lacquered Goatskin Table by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Large Lacquered Goatskin Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Vintage 1980s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Goatskin, Wood
Oval lacquered goatskin table by Karl Springer. Excellent large custom example. Would work well as a dining table, conference table or library table.
Karl Springer "Telephone Table" Covered in Python Skin 1991, signed
Karl Springer "Telephone Table" Covered in Python ...
Karl Springer
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Wood, Python
"Telephone Table" covered in brown python with moire silk on the bottom and brass casters by Karl Springer, American 1991 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1991").
Large Lizard Skin Telephone Tables by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Large Lizard Skin Telephone Tables by Karl Springe...
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 Directo...
Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Console Table

By Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Console Table
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Parsons console table by Karl Springer. Table is wrapped in python snakeskin. Signed with leather label on underside.  
Karl Springer Bronze Urn

By Karl Springer
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. Authentication by Tom Langevin, Director of Karl Springer design, will be included.
Fabulous Karl Springer Brass Cylinder Cantilevered Side Table Hollywood Regency
Fabulous Karl Springer Brass Cylinder Cantilevered...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Side Tables
Brass, Glass
Brass cylinder "Sculpture Table" by Karl Springer, circa 1970s. Polished solid brass column with inset weighted support. Rectangular cantilevered clear glass top with radius corners. Gl...
Midcentury Karl Springer Ming Style Lacquered Grass Cloth Coffee Table

By Karl Springer
Midcentury Karl Springer Ming Style Lacquered Gras...
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Grasscloth
Karl Springer (Designer) 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 wor...
Karl Springer "Chinese Style Bench" in Gray Lacquered Linen, 1970s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer "Chinese Style Bench" in Gray Lacque...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Fabric, Linen, Foam, Wood, Lacquer
"Chinese Style Bench" with base in gray lacquered linen and upholstered seat by Karl Springer, American 1970s. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern. This bench is beautifully crafted.
Polished Steel and Brass Vanity Mirror by Karl Spr...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Table Mirrors
Brass, Chrome, Mirror
Precision crafted polished chrome and brass tabletop vanity mirror. Rotational frame holds standard and convex magnified mirrors. By Karl Springer, American, circa 1980. NYDC
Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Drum End Table

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Drum End Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Glass, Stone
An iconic Karl Springer occasional side table with a 1 inch thick plate glass cantilevered top. Adopted from a a leg of a Karl Springer coffee table.
"Telephone Table" Covered in Dark Brown Python by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
"Telephone Table" Covered in Dark Brown Python by ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s 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").
Karl Springer 2-Tier Tesselated Pen Shell Side Table

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer 2-Tier Tesselated Pen Shell Side Tab...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s Philippine Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Two-tier side table in tessellated pen shell with brass inlays by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Original sticker on bottom reads "KS-39"
Karl Springer Batik Game Table, 1970s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Batik Game Table, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Game Tables
Game table clad in lacquered floral batik by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This is an early example of his work.
Karl Springer Pair of Sand Blasted Lucite Torcheres, 1980s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Pair of Sand Blasted Lucite Torchere...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Art Deco Floor Lamps
Lucite
Pair of "Sand-blasted Lucite Torcheres" by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.     
DiGerlando Coffee Table in Ash Burl with Brass Inlays by Karl Springer
DiGerlando Coffee Table in Ash Burl with Brass Inl...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Burl
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...
Karl Springer "Art Deco Dining Table" in French Ribbon Mahogany, 1980s
Karl Springer "Art Deco Dining Table" in French Ri...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Art Deco Dining Room Tables
Wood
Exceptional "Art Deco Dining Table" in French ribbon mahogany with ebonized accents by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This table is large and spectacular.
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Coffee Table 1989

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Coffee Table 1989
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
"Triangular Leg Coffee/End Table" covered in dark brown embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1989. This is a chic and elegant design.  
Large Mirror with Frame in Gold Leaf by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Large Mirror with Frame in Gold Leaf by Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s 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 Set of Four Goatskin "JMF Bar Stools", 1979

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Set of Four Goatskin "JMF Bar Stools...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Stools
Goatskin
Set of four "JMF bar stools" in lacquered goatskin with steel footrests by Karl Springer, American, 1979. This is an elegant springer design with unsurpassed craftsmanship.
Set of Four Onassis Chairs in Metallic Gray Lacquer by Karl Springer
Set of Four Onassis Chairs in Metallic Gray Lacque...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s 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 Large "Sculpture Leg Coffee Table" in Gunmetal and Brass, 1980s
Karl Springer Large "Sculpture Leg Coffee Table" i...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Brass, Glass
Large "Sculpture Leg Coffee Table" in gunmetal and brass with a thick glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This is a classic Karl Springer design.
Karl Springer Black Lacquer Lucite Acrylic Table Lamp, USA, 1970s
Karl Springer Black Lacquer Lucite Acrylic Table L...
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 Luci...
Rare Karl Springer "Sunburst" Side Chairs in Mahogany, circa 1980s

By Karl Springer
Rare Karl Springer "Sunburst" Side Chairs in Mahog...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Side Chairs
Velvet, Mahogany
A very rare pair of occasional chairs by Karl Springer in a neoclassical style with a modern twist. The curved, circular backs feature mahogany veneer meticulously applied in two differ...
Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs

By Karl Springer
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

By Karl Springer
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

By Karl Springer
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.
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table

By Karl Springer
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 Python Coffee Table

By Karl Springer
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.
Pair of Candlestick Holders in Brass by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Pair of Candlestick Holders in Brass by Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Pair of candlestick holders in brass with steel accents by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Hand-Carved African Mask on Bronze Base by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Hand-Carved African Mask on Bronze Base by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Masks
Hand-carved African male mask in the style of the Chokwe tribe of Angola on a bronze base by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (photo of original label included). Karl Springer had a scout...
Karl Springer Exceptionally Crafted Telephone Table in Cobra Skin

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Exceptionally Crafted Telephone Tabl...
Karl Springer
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Animal Skin, Wood
Fine "Telephone Table" covered in black and white cobra skin with brass casters by Karl Springer Ltd, 2002.
Karl Springer Decorative Box, 1970s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Decorative Box, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Boxes
Suede, Lacquer
Hinged decorative box with multicolored lacquer exterior and suede interior by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer "Jansen Style Coffee Table," 2002

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer "Jansen Style Coffee Table," 2002
Karl Springer
Early 2000s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Cut Glass
"Jansen Style Coffee Table" in brushed pewter with smoke glass top by Karl Springer, American 2002. This was a custom order made by Springer's fabricator's in 2002.
"Pergamon Credenza" in Embossed Lizard Leather by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
"Pergamon Credenza" in Embossed Lizard Leather by ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s 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 Hand-Carved Malachite Head, 1970s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Hand-Carved Malachite Head, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Sculptures
Bronze, Malachite
Hand-carved and polished malachite head on custom bronze base with felt underside by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Large Brass Orb Table Lamp by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Large Brass Orb Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Table Lamps
Brass
Large orb table lamp in polished brass by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Thick Lucite Coffee Table 1970s

By Karl Springer
Thick Lucite Coffee Table 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Lucite
Sculptural coffee table in thick molded Lucite in the manner of Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer Black Ostrich Side Table, 1970s

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Black Ostrich Side Table, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin
Telephone style side table in black ostrich by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This table is impeccably made and very chic.
Large Kudu Sculpture by Roberto Estevez for Karl Springer

By Karl Springer, Roberto Estevez
Large Kudu Sculpture by Roberto Estevez for Karl S...
Karl Springer, Roberto Estevez
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Large and impressive kudu sculpture, head in iridescent gunmetal faux granite nitrocellulose lacquer over a fiberglass casting with solid brass base and authentic horns, by Roberto Este...
Table Lamp by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Table lamp in lacquered wood and lucite with chrome hardware and original string shade by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This lamp is 9 inches in diameter. The shade is 19 inches in ...
Karl Springer Lacquered Parchment or Goatskin Console, USA, circa 1975

By Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Karl Springer Lacquered Parchment or Goatskin Cons...
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 edge...
Karl Springer Signed Lucite Lamp

By Karl Springer
On Hold
Karl Springer Signed Lucite Lamp
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Chrome, Lucite
Sculptural Lucite lamp, designed by Karl Springer, American, circa 1970s. Signed with impressed signature in the Lucite. The price noted below includes the shade.
Set of Six Karl Springer Onassis Chairs, Goatskin, 1980s

By Karl Springer
Set of Six Karl Springer Onassis Chairs, Goatskin,...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Chairs
Goatskin, Fabric, Foam, Wood, Lacquer
Six Karl Springer Onassis goatskin armchairs from 1984. The chairs are new upholstery circa 10 ago. Measurements: Height 75 cm, wide 61 cm, depth 52 cm, SH 47 cm. Very good condi...
Karl Springer Signed Lipstick Red Leather and Bras...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Leather, Smoked Glass
Buy this highly desirable, collectible, photographable, instagramable and incredibly sexy Karl Springer signed and dated (1984, the same year that brought us sixteen candles, Miami Vice...
Karl Springer Macassar Wood, Bronze, Chrome and Glass Coffee Table

By Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Karl Springer Macassar Wood, Bronze, Chrome and Gl...
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 cockta...
Karl Springer Souffle Pouf Ottoman Double Size

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Souffle Pouf Ottoman Double Size
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Stools
Brass, Fabric
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 grea...
Rare Karl Springer Goatskin, Stainless Four-Door Tall Cabinet

By Karl Springer
Rare Karl Springer Goatskin, Stainless Four-Door T...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Stainless Steel
The goatskin body comprised of two long doors, over two short doors, separated by stainless banding, Karl Springer label- provenance rago fine arts.
Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Lucite Floor Lamp
Karl Springer
20th Century American Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Lucite
Lucite column floor lamp with a square brass base and double pull chain sockets, designed by Karl Springer. Rewired for use in the USA. Shade not included.
Karl Springer Bronze and Glass Bookcase Wall Unit, 1975

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Bronze and Glass Bookcase Wall Unit,...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Shelves
A rare Karl Springer freestanding bookcase or etagere. Bronze columns with gun metal finish and smoked glass shelves. The design is miraculously simple and yet sexy, bold and functional...
Opulent Swivel Chairs by Karl Springer in Brass and Original Teal Leather, Pair
Opulent Swivel Chairs by Karl Springer in Brass an...
Karl Springer, Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Leather
Stunning pair of swivel chairs with brass bases designed by Karl Springer, circa 1980. These are in the original buttery soft teal or cyan leather--the color is so rich and regal. Comfo...
Karl Springer Round Large Saturn Mirror

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Round Large Saturn Mirror
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Karl Springer large round Saturn beveled mirror.   
Karl Springer Brass, Chrome and Glass Cocktail Table

By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Brass, Chrome and Glass Cocktail Tab...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass and chrome base coffee table with beveled glass top by Karl Springer.
Large Karl Springer Goatskin Coffee Table

By Karl Springer
Large Karl Springer Goatskin Coffee Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Superb signed Karl Springer goatskin coffee table with some ivory color sabot.
"Knife Edge Dining Table" in Lacquered Goatskin by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
"Knife Edge Dining Table" in Lacquered Goatskin by...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
"Knife Edge Dining Table" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.  
Pair of Large Fluted Vases with Light Venetian Gold Leaf by Karl Springer
Pair of Large Fluted Vases with Light Venetian Gol...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Pair of large and exceptional fluted vases with light Venetian gold leaf by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (retains original tag from the Karl Springer showroom).
Sculptural Bench Clad in Scored Leather by Karl Springer

By Karl Springer
Sculptural Bench Clad in Scored Leather by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Sculptural bench clad in scored leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This bench can be re-lacquered any color to spec.