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Karl Springer Furniture

American, German, 1931-1991
American, German, 1931-1991

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 appeal of his work lies in Springer's 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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Creator: Karl Springer
Karl Springer Extra Large Vanity Mirror in Polished Steel and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Meticulously crafted extra large vanity/dressing table mirror in polished steel and brass with magnifier on one side and mirror on the other by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This i...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer Set of Four Goatskin "JMF Bar Stools", 1979
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of four "JMF Barstools" in lacquered goatskin with steel footrests by Karl Springer, American, 1979. This is an elegant springer design with unsurpassed craftsmanship. Reference...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Brass and Gunmetal Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two-tier cocktail table in dark mirror polished steel with brass accents, and original bronze glass. Classic Springer design with the expected high quality construction. Stamped sign...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Grey Leather & Stainless Steel Karl Springer Style Souffle Ottomans Wheels, Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
Pair of grey leather and stainless steel Karl Springer Souffle ottomans on wheels.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's. These chairs are meticulously crafted. Reference Karl Springer catalog, red binder, section “seating”, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Pair of "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" with Up Lights, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Matched rare pair of monumental "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" completely covered in beveled mirror panels with up lights inside dome tops by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These mirro...
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Table Lamp with String Shade by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Toledo, OH
A fantastic table lamp by Karl Springer. This great lamp features three round plaster compressed spheres separated by two Lucite spacers. It has a two light cluster socket with Sprin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Lucite

Lucite and Chrome Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Clear Lucite and polish chrome table lamp, design by Karl Springer in the 1970s. The lamp has been newly professionally polished and rewired. Measurements with shade: 24.5” high...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Large Dining Table in Goatskin with Brass Bases 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Racetrack dining table with top in lacquered goatskin with 2 half-moon brass bases by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The goatskin finish is both luxurious and stunning. The custom b...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Rare Waterfall Console Table in Lacquered African Batik 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stunning and rare waterfall console table in lacquered African batik by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Karl Springer used artisan exotic materials in his designs. In the late 1960’s...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Leather Bar Stools
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A matched pair of Karl Springer barstools. embossed Snakeskin leather and brass. Karl Springer Label below.  
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Set of 4 "Jmf Chairs" in High Gloss Black Lacquer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of 4 "J.M.F. Chairs" in newly restored high gloss black lacquer by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. Appropriate for dining or a game table. Reference: Karl Springer catalog, red ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rarely seen Karl Springer Kyoto Box Original surface with minor touchups Original suede interior.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood

Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in Embossed Reptile Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in green embossed reptile leather with leather hand stitched seats by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Newly upholstered seats in grey velvet by Lobel Modern....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather, Velvet, Foam

Karl Springer 1970s Midcentury Octagonal Bar Cart with Red Snakeskin Finish
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Karl Springer octagonal bar cart from the mid 20th century, with red snakeskin and casters. Made by renowned designer Karl Springer in the 1970s, this bar cart features an octagona...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Octagonal 1970s Beveled Glass Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal beveled glass mirror is mirrored three dimensionally, to reflect light from all sides, by designer Karl Springer, circa 1970.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. These clean line chairs are beautifully made.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Solid Brass JMF Waste Basket by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This solid brass waste basket by Karl Springer is simple yet elegant. The edges flair out just slightly and the inside is black. This waste basket came out of a home in Honolulu, Haw...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Set of 4 Swiveling "Onassis Bar Stools" in Suede 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of 4 swiveling "Onassis Bar Stools" covered in calf skin suede with brass footrail by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The Onassis Barstool was rarely made in a swiveling ver...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Credenza in Lacquered Mahogany with Oxidized Bronze Doors, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Meticulously crafted T-style cabinet in mirror lacquered mahogany with oxidized bronze doors and brass pulls by Karl Springer, American 1980s. This is rare design with extraordinary ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Karl Springer Meticulously Crafted Coffee Table with Lucite Legs 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Round Leg Lucite coffee table" with brass stretchers and inset glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's (Signed “Karl Springer” on brass stretcher). This table is beautifully mad...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer J.M.F. Pedestal in Tessellated Pen Shell, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“J.M.F. Pedestal” in tessellated pen shell with brass edge design by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The dynamic form and craftsmanship of this pedestal are absolutely superb.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Rare Mounted Magnifying Lens, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare adjustable magnifying lens with beautifully crafted mount in polished chrome and brass by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The mixed metal gives it a truly bespoke look.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome, Brass

Postmodern Karl Springer Design Metal Ball Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Metal ball lamp, documented by designer Karl Springer. "Confetti" painted shapes and colors all the way around, circa 1980s. No shade included.
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Karl Springer Souffle Poufs
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Karl Springer souffle pouf ottomans with brass plinths all upon hidden casters.
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Chic "JMF Bench" in Solid Brass Base Early-2000s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Bench" with solid brass base and upholstered seat by Karl Springer LTD, American early 2000s (signed). This has been reupholstered in a beautiful velvet. A Classic Springer design.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Cocktail or Coffee Table in Gunmetal and Polished Steel, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Karl Springer cocktail or coffee table in gunmetal and polished steel 1980s In excellent, like-new condition, parsons style with smoked glass. Black oxide reflective finish with rare...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Steel

Set of Four Onassis White Lacquer Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four "Jackie Onassis" chairs by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Finished in glossy white lacquer and upholstered in a black leather with a slight surface texture. The chairs fea...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather

Pair of Karl Springer "Dowelwood Ottomans", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of “Dowelwood Ottomans” with cushions upholstered in brown zebra printed pony skin by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These ottomans, like all of Springer’s pieces, are beautifu...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Animal Skin, Wood

Karl Springer "Knife Edge Table" in Lacquered Goat Skin, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional "Knife Edge Table" in mirror polished high gloss dark brown lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This table is the perfect size for a game table or cente...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Pair of Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Sculpture Leg Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Small Scale Coffee Table in Lacquered Linen 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit waterfall coffee table covered in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American 1970's. A beautiful jewel of a table.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Linen, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Onassis Chair in Black Leather & Faux-Ostrich, Set of 10
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of "Onassis" chair in faux ostrich skin wrap with black leather seats Provenance: c. 1980s, NYC. Collection of Mrs. Jocelyn Wildenstein, Wildenstein Gallery. Custom commission...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Faux Leather

Karl Springer Telephone Table in Red Pony Skin, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Chic "Telephone Table" in red pony skin on brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”). It is rare to see a Telephone Table in pony skin. ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Large Ron Seff Goat Skin Rare Lucite Base Expandable Dining Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Westport, CT
Ron Seff Goat Skin Lucite base versatile extra-large expandable dining/conference table, when closed 72" with two leave 20"each when fully opened 112" in exceptional condition bevel...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Lucite, Wood

2 Karl Springer Crystal Bowls
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Retailed thru the Karl Springer Showroom, The pair of bowls was probably made by Seguso Minor chip to the foot of 1 bowl.
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1970s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Art Glass

Karl Springer Sculptural Side Table in Lizard Embossed Leather, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Striking sculptural side table in brown embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This table is completely finished, even the bottom. Karl Springer was a meticulous ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood, Lizard

Karl Springer "Brass and Lucite Bar-Cart", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“Brass & Lucite Bar-Cart” with swiveling top by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This piece is beautifully made. Reference: Karl Springer LTD red binder catalog published in the 1...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vintage Karl Springer Lucite Base Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Stylish vintage Karl Springer Lucite base coffee table with a square glass top. A great example of fine modernist piece of furniture with clean and geometric lines and expression, de...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass, Acrylic, Lucite

Karl Springer Tapering Pedestal in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Elegant tapering pedestal in chocolate lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970's.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Bench, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer sculptural lucite bench, 1970. Bench has seat cushion included. Reference in Karl Springer LTD paper catalog 1970's.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Lucite

Pair of Black Lacquer Lamps with Faux Lapis Inlays by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A beautiful pair of lamps a classic Karl Springer design. the lacquer bodies are in very fine condition and the faux details of lapis and gold is a wonderful detail. The shades are o...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Post Modern Italian Lacquered Burl Credenza
By Karl Springer, Aldo Tura
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This gorgeous Italian credenza is a sight to behold. Very art deco esq in style, it can go with many decor styles. It is a beautiful lacquered burl wood, atop a mirrored plinth base,...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lacquer, Burl

Karl Springer Pagoda Dining Table in Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
This Springer pagoda dining table, with a custom bullnose edge, was acquired from the estate of the original owner. The natural goatskin parchment is of the variation, shading and in...
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Gesso, Wood

Important Karl Springer Design Leather Clad Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Provenance, from the estate of the late Steve Fossett comes this magnificent pair of alligator embossed leather clad side tables designed by Karl Springer. Signed Karl Springer and d...
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Tall "Telephone Table" in Crocodile Leather 1980s, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Fine "Telephone Table" in caramel and brown embossed crocodile leather on brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”). This embossed croco...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Dowelwood Lounge Chair, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Dowelwood arm chair", a lounge chair in solid oak with seat and back cushions by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This chair is impressive and beautifully crafted. Reference: Karl S...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Fabric, Upholstery, Oak

Karl Springer Crocodile Leather 2 Drawer Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An Alligator leather console by Karl Springer 2 drawers make this a useful form.   
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Sculptural Molded Lucite Bench 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural molded Lucite bench by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Reference: Karl Springer LTD brown paper catalog published in the 1970’s, on page 54 is a photo of this model be...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Mark II Game Table in Leather with 4 Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is an original Mark II Game table by Karl Springer. It is covered in the original brownish taupe leather with an inset glass top. The four chairs are in the original matching le...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Stainless Steel & Leather Bench, 1980’s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer stainless steel and leather bench, circa 1980’s. All original.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Set of 4 "Onassis Bar Stools" in Dark Oak 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 ‘Onassis Bar Stools” in dark oak with upholstered seats and brass foot rests by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Seats are upholstered in leather. The beautiful craftsmanship...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Tesselated Stone “Tressle” Dining Table, 1970’s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Tesselated stone “Tressle” dining table, circa 1970’s. All original with Karl Springer Signature panel.
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1970s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stone

Pair of Mid-Century Karl Springer Lucite Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of stunning lucite and chrome occasional tables. Brass details on corners add sophistication and charm. Glass top set into chrome frame. Thick square lucite legs.
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Large Copper Vase by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An Art Deco inspired large, substantial copper vase on three solid brass disc feet. Designed by Karl Springer in the 1980s.
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Copper

Karl Springer Extraordinary Long Natural Python Waterfall Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Extraordinary waterfall console table in natural python by Karl Springer, the standout American furniture designer of the late 20th century. This unusually long table is an exemplary...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Python, Wood

Pink Lacquered Goatskin Mirror by Karl Springer, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Zwijndrecht, Antwerp
Monumental pink mirror by Karl Springer made in the 70s. The frame is constructed out of lacquered goatskin and is finished with a large brass accent on top. A very unusual and spect...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Monumental Hand-Blown Scavo Glass Urn 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Monumental hand-blown Venetian Glass urn/vase, black with scavo (rough) finish, by Seguso (Murano, Italy) for Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom “KARL SPRINGER”). This ...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Murano Glass

Karl Springer furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Karl Springer furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Karl Springer collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We have 476 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 10 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 20th century in the modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Mastercraft, Charles Hollis Jones and Paul Evans if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Karl Springer furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$795 and tops out at US$120,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,500 on average.

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