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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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Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Cocktail Table Base with Brass Caps Vintage
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful angled and sculptural Karl Springer table base has brass caps. There is no glass provided for this great base. One piece of Lucite is longer than the other as it curve...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Gold Leather Armchair
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchair covered in gold leather. Karl Springer, 1994.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Karl Springer Leather Clad Armchairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchairs fully clad in leather by Karl Springer, signed 1982.
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Karl Springer Goatskin Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Goatskin mirror by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Goatskin finished in grey tone.
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Mirror

Karl Springer Lucite Sculpture Leg Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Lucite sculpture leg coffee table by Karl Springer with glass top.
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Lizard Skin Dresser with Stone tops
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer dresser in grey "New lizard Embossed Leather." Black granite tops. Signed "Karl Springer 1988".  
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Granite

Karl Springer Snake Skin Telephone Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
"Telephone table" by Karl Springer. Wrapped in glossy black Pyhon skin. Signed with leather label.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Animal Skin

Pair of Karl Springer 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

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black kid glove leather upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Steel

Karl Springer Petit Coffee Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit waterfall coffee table in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The underside of the table is also finished in lacquered goatskin. The quality of this table is ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Exceptional Table Lamp by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Table lamp in steel wrapped in hand-decorated leather with abstract geometric design by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.  
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Karl Springer Ostrich Skin Coffee Table, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Coffee table covered in ostrich skin with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s (signed with metal Karl Springer label on bottom).  
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Animal Skin

Karl Springer "Sculpture" Side Table in Brass and Glass, circa 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This iconic Karl Springer table is anchored by an extremely heavy weight in the base that acts as a ballast for the cantilevered, 1-inch-thick glass top, this example in a quarter-ci...
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Brass

Karl Springer Cinnabar Red Grass Cloth Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very chic Mid-Century Modern lacquered grasscloth rectangular coffee table in a fabulous shade of cinnabar red.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Grasscloth

Karl Springer Exceptional Dining Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and exceptional "Knife Edge Dining Table" in mirror lacquered chocolate brown goatskin with double pedestal base by Karl Springer, American 1980 (dated on bottom). The color of...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Set of 12 "JMF Dining Chairs" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional and rare set of 12 "JMF Dining Chairs" in mirror polished bicolor lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980 (dated on bottom). It is rare to have such a large s...
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Wood

Monumental Karl Springer Saturn Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Five pieces of beveled mirror create this minimalistic masterpiece by Karl Springer, circa 1980s.
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20th Century Italian Minimalist Karl Springer Furniture

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Mirror

Box with Diamond Patterned Top in Goatskin by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Box with cover, top in diamond pattern lacquered goatskin and interior lined in red suede, by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin, Suede

Karl Springer Set of 6 "Onassis Bar Stools" in Lacquered Mahogany, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 "Onassis Bar Stools" in mirror lacquered mahogany with upholstered seats and oxidized bronze footrests by Karl Springer, American 1970s. The beautiful wood and meticulous fi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Karl Springer "Jansen Style Coffee Table," 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"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.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Rare "Hexagonal Jansen Style Table", 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare and exceptional "Hexagonal Jansen Style Table" in brushed bronze and gold lacquered brass with thick glass top by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This table can be used as a ce...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze

Embossed Leather Clad Executive Desk Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
A substantial leather-clad desk designed by Karl Springer, circa 1982. Heavy wood construction completely encased in pattern embossed leather on all sides. The desk features two rows...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Karl Springer Vanity Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
A brass and steel vanity mirror by Karl Springer. The mirror rotates and has a standard and a magnifying mirror.    
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Karl Springer Goatskin Desk
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Karl Springer Goatskin desk. Cream colored goatskin surface appointed with two mahogany interior drawers. Label present below.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin

Vintage Ostrich Leather Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage table designed by iconic designer Karl Springer. The table is hand wrapped in ostrich leather with solid brass casters. Karl Springer was well known for using luxury...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Lucite Brass Hollywood Cocktail Coffee Table Base
By Karl Springer
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a coffee table base by Karl Springer. Lucite brass Hollywood Regency modern. Round Lucite legs attached by an "X" brace in brass-plated metal. Can fit a round...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Karl Springer Modern Round Table and Armchairs in Faux Lizard Embossed Leather
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Modern dining room set consisting of a round table and four armchairs, designed by Karl Springer. The set is surfaced in faux-lizard embossed leather. The chairs with armrests have a...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Faux Leather

Karl Springer Postmodern Cantilevered Glass Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Postmodern side table by Karl Springer. This Art Deco-inspired end table features a cylindrical metal base with a beautiful patina. An inset cantilevered piece of thick quarter moo...
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1970s North American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs, c.1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool / linen upholstery and brushed steel circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois estate.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Karl Springer Soufflé Ottomans or Poufs
By Karl Springer
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of Karl Springer Soufflé ottomans or poufs Note: Polished steel bases on castors - showing reflection of floor on bases.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Upholstery

Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer nude leather Tulip armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Four chairs total available.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather

Pair of 'Cobra' Stools by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 'Cobra' stools by Karl Springer, A rare form, each one upholstered in calfskin black leather, handmade of wrought iron and bronze. Provenance: Acquired directly from Karl...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Wrought Iron, Bronze

Karl Springer 'Mark II' Leather and Glass Cocktail Table, Signed and Dated 1988
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Buy this highly desirable, collectible, photographable and instagramable Karl Springer signed and dated 'Mark II" cocktail table cladded in luxuriously marbled leather in a sea-foam ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Chrome

Karl Springer Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Karl Springer side table, 1970 cantilevered glass top.
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1970s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Glass

Karl Springer White Scored Leather Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Karl Springer white leather bench Original surface Leather label.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Set of Five (5) Karl Springer Grey Lacquered Goatskin Bar Stools
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
Karl Springer set of five JMF grey goatskin lacquers clad bar stools with white brass footrests, 1980s. In original preserved condition. Lacquered Goat Skin Clad over Wood, White Br...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Karl Springer Metal Ball Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of metal lamps in a polished copper finish. Rare to find these lamps in copper. See the KS red Binder catalogue. Page 3. KS Ltd metal ball lamp. This lamp is pictured. Bod...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Metal

Karl Springer Dresser or Armoire
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer LTD., four drawer case with upper storage compartment, hinged doors, adjustable shelf. High polished stainless steel with mirror glass surface top.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Lacquer Airport Coffee Table, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Airport coffee table by Karl Springer. Simple geometric design with great proportions. New perfect high gloss lacquer finish.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Karl Springer Brass and Gunmetal Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, 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

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Bronze

Karl Springer Goatskin Desk
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful, handsome and understated goat skin desk by Karl Springer. Natural goatskin with a honed lacquer finish, clean lines and perfectly proportioned elements. 3 drawers, the c...
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1990s American Karl Springer Furniture

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Goatskin

Karl Springer Polished Bronze Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A solid bronze console with glass top by Karl Springer. Exquisitely crafted. Signed on edge. The design is subtle with quite lines that are complemented by the richness of the chosen...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Karl Springer Pedestals
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These two beautiful crafted pedestal which have been produced by Karl Spinger Ltd., have a Anigre- Wood Veneer and the base and top is covered in dark Leather. At the lower part of t...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather

Rare Set of Hand Painted Karl Springer Freeform Tables
By Lynn Shelton , Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
This complete set of custom freeform tables by Karl Springer were hand painted by the artist Lynn Shelton. Signed and dated to edge of one example: [Lynn Shelton 6/79]. Additional...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Wood

Karl Springer Animal Print Foo Dog Petite Rolling Two-Tier Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Westport, CT
Karl Springer signed and dated, muted green and black covered black Foo Dog printed animal two-tier table, with original brass casters.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vintage Embossed Leather Desk by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
A fabulous vintage leather desk by iconic designer Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Features diamond shaped embossed leather and two pull-out drawers. Retains original designer tag.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Karl Springer White Lacquered Wood "JMF" Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
These pair of high gloss white lacquered wood KMF chairs by Karl Springer are simultaneously sculptural and linear with concave seats and backs. Surprisingly comfortable and very chi...
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20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

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

Karl Springer Brass and Chrome Table Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Karl Springer table mirror - a bold statement in polished brass and chrome. A 17.5 inch diameter mirror sits on a very heavy and impressive Stand. The mirror tilts to desired angle w...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Powder Blue Goatskin Floating Coffee Table, Brass Trim, 1987
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Karl Springer powder blue goatskin floating coffee table, brass trim, 1987. Custom piece by Springer for a massive, eclectic Newport estate with a living and dining room almost entir...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Greek Column Lucite Table Lamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Lake Success, NY
Karl Springer Greek column solid Lucite table lamp, American, 1980s.
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Complimentary Pair Karl Springer Lucite and Gun Metal Torchiere Floor Lamps
By Karl Springer
Located in Hudson, NY
Gunmetal mirror finish shade and base with clear Lucite stem set in bronze cuffs, circa 1970s, American. These are from two different production runs, with slightly different base sh...
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Pair of Karl Springer Leather Side Tables in Mint
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These very rare and modern pair of side tables of Karl Springer have beautiful details and are completely covered in mint leather. The Model was called ´Korean End Table´ and impress...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer, Rare Table Lamp, Lacquered Parchment, Acrylic, Fabric, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare table lamp designed by Karl Springer, circa 1970. Executed in lacquered parchment, acrylic, fabric and silvered metal.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer J.M.F Curved Bench
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This chic, iconic "J.M.F. Curved Bench" by Karl Springer is executed in solid brass with the original red leather upholstery. The extremely heavy base demonstrates Springer's unwaver...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Grey Leather Dressing Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Beautiful grey colored embossed leather dressing table by Karl Springer, 1980s with foldable sides. You can lift the middle part and you will find hidden storage space with an integr...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Painted Goatskin Obelisk
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Classic form covered in delicately painted goatskin. See photo with soda can to get a sense of scale See my other listing with the matching box with Karl Springer label.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Pivoting Painted Goatskin Box
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pivoting box, covered in delicately painted goatskin Label below. See photo can to get a sense of scale.   
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

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