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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Colossal Karl Springer Round Saturn Mirror
By Karl Springer
Colossal Karl Springer Round Saturn Mirror
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror
A monumental exceptional rarely available five foot wide Karl Springer round Saturn beveled mirror.   
Karl Springer Chinese Chair Acrylic Steel Leather Brass USA 1980's
Karl Springer Chinese Chair Acrylic Steel Leather ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Brass, Chrome, Leather, 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 1980s...
Karl Springer Gunmetal and Smoked Glass Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Gunmetal and Smoked Glass Coffee Tab...
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 Bar Cart Embossed Leather & Steel USA 1980's
Karl Springer Bar Cart Embossed Leather & Steel US...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Steel, Leather
Karl Springer Bar Cart Embossed Leather & Steel USA 1980's. Two-tier Karl Springer bar cart with polished steel frame and embossed lizard leather trays in cream.
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
Original 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 is slight...
Pair of "Purcell" Sconces by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Pair of "Purcell" Sconces by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Art Deco Wall Lights and Sconces
Chrome, Reeded Glass
A stunning and rare Pair of "Purcell" Chrome Wall Sconces designed by Karl Springer. This form comes in a few color and material variations. The Crome and Teal Glass being one of the ra...
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.
American Modern "Goatskin" Occasional Table, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
American Modern "Goatskin" Occasional Table, Karl ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
The square top above square tapering legs, with a flattened ball between them all covered in goatskin.
Signed Mid-Century Modern Ostrich Game Table in Ostrich Karl Springer
Signed Mid-Century Modern Ostrich Game Table in Os...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Brass, Ostrich Leather
This gorgeous and important game table was realized by Karl Springer- one of the most esteemed designers of the 20th century. Springer was known for reviving classic Art Deco designs wi...
Karl Springer Monumental Goatskin Mirror, 1970
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Monumental Goatskin Mirror, 1970
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Goatskin, Mirror, Wood
Monumental "Half Round Molding Mirror with Step Down Detail" in lacquered goatskin with bevelled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This mirror is very impressive in scale and the...
Rare Karl Springer "Sculpture" Bench in Polished Stainless Steel, circa 1990
Rare Karl Springer "Sculpture" Bench in Polished S...
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 extremely we...
Rare Signed Karl Springer Five-Panel Folding Screen Parchment/Goatskin & Leather
Rare Signed Karl Springer Five-Panel Folding Scree...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Home Accents
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.
Karl Springer "JMF Chair" in Tessellated Fossil Stone, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer "JMF Chair" in Tessellated Fossil St...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Stone
"JMF Chair" in tessellated beige fossil stone with brass sabots by Karl Springer, American 1970s.
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black kid glove leather upholstery.
Two Piece Set of Karl Springer Candlesticks Ivory Shagreen and Nickel-Plated
Two Piece Set of Karl Springer Candlesticks Ivory ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Art Deco Candle Holders
Shagreen, Nickel
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 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 Black Textured Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
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 Exceptionally Crafted Telephone Table in Cobra Skin, 2002
Karl Springer Exceptionally Crafted Telephone Tabl...
Karl Springer
Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Animal Skin
Fine "Telephone Table" covered in cobra skin with brass casters designed by Karl Springer and made in 2002.
Karl Springer Hexagonal Side Table in Embossed Reptile, 1970s Signed
Karl Springer Hexagonal Side Table in Embossed Rep...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Leather
Hexagonal side table covered in black embossed reptile leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Label reads "Karl Springer 1986" on the under side. This table is meticulously crafted....
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...
Monumental "Saturn" Mirror by Karl Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
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 mirr...
Karl Springer "Regency Arm Chair" in Cerused Oak, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer "Regency Arm Chair" in Cerused Oak, ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Oak
"Regency armchair" in cerused oak with leather seat and back by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Cocktail Table
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Cocktail Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Lucite
In excellent condition, newly polished and lacquered. Featuring distinctive design and incised Karl Springer signature. Heavy glass top set into polished brass frame. Thick cylindrical ...
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 Solid Lucite "Greek Column Table Lamp" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Solid Lucite "Greek Column Table Lam...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Lucite
Large "Greek column table lamp" in solid Lucite by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. (Height adjustable up to 38 inches) Shade W+D: 14 inches.
1970s Extension Table in Lacquered Goatskin by Karl Springer
1970s Extension Table in Lacquered Goatskin by Kar...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Goatskin, Wood
Massive lacquered goatskin, double pedestal base, bevelled underside, the table comes with two leaves that are 20" wide each. The table has wonderful architectural lines, the leaves we...
Karl Springer Oval Lacquered Goatskin Dining Table/ Library Table/ Large Desk
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Oval Lacquered Goatskin Dining Table...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Goatskin, Lacquer
This absolutely stunning and gorgeous sculptural oval lacquered Karl Springer goatskin dining table has knife edge forms on 2 sculptural bases. It can be used for a multiple setting as ...
Karl Springer Large "Bolection Molding Mirror" in Pennshell, 1975
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Large "Bolection Molding Mirror" in ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Tortoise Shell, Mirror
"Bolection Molding Mirror" in tesselated black pennshell and tortoise shell on inner and outer edges with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American, circa 1975.
Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Bench, 1980s
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.  
Karl Springer Exquisitely Crafted Shagreen Box, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Exquisitely Crafted Shagreen Box, 19...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass, Bone, Shagreen, Suede
Fine hinged box in celadon shagreen with bone inlays and interior in and bottom in brown suede by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Pair of Lucite and Polished Gunmetal Torchieres by...
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.
Karl Springer Meticulously Crafted Lidded Box with Shagreen Interior, 1980s
Karl Springer Meticulously Crafted Lidded Box with...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass, Stone, Shagreen, Velvet
Fine hinged box in tessellated green and black stone with brass custom hardware with interior in blue shagreen with brown velvet base by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (signed “Karl Spr...
Karl Springer Hand-Carved African Coffee Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Hand-Carved African Coffee Table, 19...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Glass, Wood
Authentic hand-carved African table with custom glass top with bronze fittings by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Springer often incorporated ethnic artifacts into his designs.
Maple and Black Lacquer Coffee Table in the Style of Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Maple and Black Lacquer Coffee Table in the Style ...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Maple, Lacquer
1970s oval shaped coffee table is maple and black lacquer by Karl Springer. Beautifully polished wood grain on the top.    
Karl Springer Nail Sculpture on Lucite Base, circa 1975
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Nail Sculpture on Lucite Base, circa...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Steel, Lucite
Sculpture composed of rusted and steel nails, spherical on a Lucite base, sold by Karl Springer, American, circa 1975. Comes with Authentication by Karl Springer's Director of Design. T...
Pair of Karl Springer Murano Glass Dishes for Seguso
By Karl Springer, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Pair of Karl Springer Murano Glass Dishes for Segu...
Karl Springer, Seguso Vetri d'Arte
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Murano Glass
Karl Springer Scavo art glass dishes designed by Karl Springer and manufactured by Seguso in Murano, Italy. These dishes are in very good vintage condition overall with some small scrat...
Rare Karl Springer Souffle Pouf Ottoman Double Size
Rare Karl Springer Souffle Pouf Ottoman Double Siz...
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...
Pair of American Modern Brass and Ebonized Glass Top Tables, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Pair of American Modern Brass and Ebonized Glass T...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Metal, Brass, Glass
The inset glass with four legs with brass cylindrical tops and ebonized metal legs terminating in brass caps, joined by ebonized metal stretchers, provenance, Lobel Modern and authenti...
Karl Springer Round Stacked Lucite Lamp
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Round Stacked Lucite Lamp
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Table Lamps
Lucite
Karl Springer round stacked Lucite lamp with double light socket.
Karl Springer Table
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Table
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century Tables
Silver Leaf, Mahogany
Two-tier mahogany table, circa late 20th century.  
Brass and Stainless Steel Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Brass and Stainless Steel Coffee Table by Karl Spr...
Karl Springer
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stunning stainless steel and brass cocktail table with thick glass top by Karl Springer.
Karl Springer Bench with Red Python Seat, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Bench with Red Python Seat, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Benches
Steel, Animal Skin
Rare X-bench in steel with brass accents and stitched python seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.  
Karl Springer Rare "Onyx Coffee Table" in Polished Stainless Steel, 1983
Karl Springer Rare "Onyx Coffee Table" in Polished...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Glass
Rare and exceptional "onyx coffee table" in polished stainless steel with inset beveled black glass top by Karl Springer, American 1983.
Karl Springer Lacquered Snakeskin Decorative Box
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Lacquered Snakeskin Decorative Box
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s 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 Large Artisan Art Deco Vase 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Large Artisan Art Deco Vase 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
Large artisan glass vase with acid etched Art Deco design by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This comes with a “Certificate of Authenticity” from the director of Karl Springer's producti...
Karl Springer Monumental "Saturn Mirror", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Monumental "Saturn Mirror", 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror
Monumental eight-sided "Saturn Mirror" with beveled mirror panels by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Karl Springer Exceptional "Arte Moderne" Coffee Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Exceptional "Arte Moderne" Coffee Ta...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Stainless Steel
Rare "Arte Moderne" coffee table in polished stainless steel with brass accents and inset glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This table is a tribute to Karl Springer's unsurpa...
Karl Springer "Telephone Table" End Table in Embossed Leather 1970s, Signed
Karl Springer "Telephone Table" End Table in Embos...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern End Tables
Leather
Large "Telephone Table" (side or end table) covered in graphic embossed leather by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”).
Pair of Karl Springer Goatskin Onassis Bar Stools, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Pair of Karl Springer Goatskin Onassis Bar Stools,...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Stools
Brass, Goatskin, Leather
Pair of Onassis bar stools in lacquered goatskin with hand-stitched black leather seats and brass foot rails by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Karl Springer Bullfrog Skin Box, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Bullfrog Skin Box, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Boxes
Animal Skin
Sculptural lidded box covered in bullfrog skin with brass hinge by Karl Springe, American, 1970s.
Karl Springer Kyoto Box, 1984
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Kyoto Box, 1984
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s North American American Modern Boxes
Lacquer
"Kyoto Box" in double glaze faux mushroom shagreen lacquer with faux ivory inlay detail on matching Stand by Karl Springer, American, 1984. (Shown with original Karl Springer showroom h...
Karl Springer "Regency Armchairs," 1980s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer "Regency Armchairs," 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather
Set of four exceptional "Regency Armchairs" completely wrapped in black leather with matching black leather upholstery by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
Karl Springer Pair of Monumental Illuminated "Athena Pedestals" 1980s
Karl Springer Pair of Monumental Illuminated "Athe...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Pedestals
Stainless Steel, Glass
Pair of monumental illuminated "Athena Pedestals" in mirror polished stainless steel with inset sand-blasted glass tops by Karl Springer, American 1980s. These are a very large in scale...
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 Ostrich Skin Coffee Table, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Ostrich Skin Coffee Table, 1980s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Animal Skin
Coffee table covered in ostrich skin with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s (signed with metal Karl Springer label on bottom).  
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...
Karl Springer Large Goatskin Mirror, 1988
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer Large Goatskin Mirror, 1988
Karl Springer
Vintage 1980s Mexican Modern Wall Mirrors
Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer
Large wall-hanging mirror with frame in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1988. This is a wonderful example of Springer's designs.  
Karl Springer White Crocodile Coffee Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Karl Springer White Crocodile Coffee Table, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table covered in white embossed crocodile leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. A beautiful Classic Karl Springer design.