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 JMF Waste Basket
Galere
Karl Springer JMF Waste Basket
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Trash Cans
Goatskin, Wood
Karl Springer Goatskin Waste can
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Pair of Karl Springer "Regina" Armchairs in Comple...
Karl Springer
American Dining Room Chairs
Lacquer, Leather, Wood
Pair of Karl Springer "Regina" arm dining chairs. Black gloss lacquer finish, grey leather upholstery. Grey leather upholstery tones are slightly different, per original customers order...
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Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Avalon
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Benches
Brass, Chrome, Leather, Steel
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black leather upholstery.
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Karl Springer "Purcell" Sconces in Lucite, Glass a...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Wall Lights and Sconces
Elegant pair of Art Deco revival "Purcell" sconces. Each is illuminated by two standard-base 25-watt tube bulbs. Light shines up through the frosted-glass cover and down through the fac...
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Architectural Leather Bench by Karl Springer
Danish Modern NoHo
Architectural Leather Bench by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Benches
An extremely rare and stunning bench by iconic designer Karl Springer. This exceptional leather bench exposes beautiful architectural curved legs. The bench is signed and dated.
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Pair of Textured Sand-Blasted Glass Scroll Sconces...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Pair of textured sand-blasted glass scroll sconces by Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed "Karl Springer" on mounts). These have been rewired; each sconce takes two incandescent bulbs...
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Karl Springer Coffee Table
Classic Modern Design
Karl Springer Coffee Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Karl Springer coffee table. Size is 16 height, 10 diameter of legs, glass is 41 x 41.
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In the Manner of Karl Springer Polished Chrome an...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Modern Benches
A bench or stool designed in the Manner of Karl Springer with glass legs and polished chrome X-base and Frame.
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Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
Avalon
Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchairs
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Karl Springer nude leather "Tulip" armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Sold by the pair (two). Four chairs total available.
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Pair of Table Lamps in Ivory Shagreen by Karl Spri...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Pair of exceptional table lamps clad in ivory shagreen with fossilized coral edges and brass bases and hardware by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Measures: Height is adjustable between...
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"Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table" in Lacquered Lin...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
"Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table" in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American 1980's
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Large Wall Unit or Etagere by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Large wall unit or etagere in African avodire with thick glass shelves by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Like all of Springer's designs, this is meticulously made.
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Karl Springer Knife Edge Dining Table
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century Dining Room Tables
The table is 60" round and has 2 18" leaves. It will be finished in high gloss lacquer of your color choice.
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Large Lizard and Brass Mirror by Karl Springer
Modern Epic Antiques
Large Lizard and Brass Mirror by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Wall Mirrors
A large mirror by Karl Springer. Done in java lizard skin and brass inlay. Original beveled mirror. Signed and dated on verso.
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Signed Karl Springer Goatskin Mirror
Royle
Signed Karl Springer Goatskin Mirror
Karl Springer
20th Century Wall Mirrors
The mirror is very large. 62.5 high and 39.5 wide. The goatskin is perfect as is the lacquer finish.
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Signed Monumental Karl Springer Gunmetal and Brass...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass
A large-scale two-tier Karl Springer round leg coffee table. The glass is a rich smoked amber. This quality of the table, Is exceptional. Original pristine condition.
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Pair of Purcell Brass and Glass Sconces by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Glass
A pair of 1970s Art Deco inspired parcel sconces. Teal colored chiseled glass drops.
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Pair of Rare "Lighthouse Table Lamps" Clad in Shag...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Pair of rare "Lighthouse Table Lamps" clad in blue/gray Shagreen with patinad brass bases and shades by Karl Springer, American 1980's
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"Art Deco Console" in Dark Brown Lacquered Goatski...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
"Art Deco Console" in dark brown lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1980's
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Pair of Free-Form Coffee Tables by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Stainless Steel
Pair of large-scale "Free-Form Coffee Tables" by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Polished stainless steel bases with thick black glass tops.  Largest table was custom ordered to a size l...
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Modernist Library Table, Desk Designed by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Desks
Giltwood, Zebra Wood
A Karl Springer designed Modernist library table/desk with three drawers. From the private estate of Karl Springer. Zebrawood with giltwood feet. Featuring original Karl Springer la...
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Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Wool, Upholstery, Chrome, Linen
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool/ linen upholstery and chrome circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive estate.
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Gorgeous Two-Sided Vanity Mirror in Chrome and Bra...
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors
Brass, Chrome, Mirror
Gorgeous two-sided vanity mirror in chrome and brass by Karl Springer, 1970s. All metal parts are constructed of solid flat bar steel and brass. Very heavy and well made. Mirror on one ...
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Karl Springer "Round Leg Coffee Table" in Steel an...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Smoked Glass
A heavy Karl Springer round leg coffee table in gunmetal and brass with original smoked glass top by Karl Springer, (Signed).
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Sizable Brass and Lucite Candleholders in the Mann...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Candle Holders
Acrylic, Brass, Lucite
Large pair of brass and Lucite candlesticks in the manner of Karl Springer. In gorgeous condition with newly refinished brass.
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Karl Springer Leather Waterfall Desk
Liz O'Brien
Karl Springer Leather Waterfall Desk
Karl Springer
American Desks
Brass, Laminate, Leather
Large waterfall desk by Karl Springer clad in pieced cordovan leather with brass drawer details. Two drawers on each side with a pull-out laminate-topped shelf above, American, circa 1...
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Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Drum End Table
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Glass, Stone
An iconic Karl Springer occasional table with a 1 inch thick plate glass cantilevered top.
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Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
Galere
Karl Springer Kyoto Box/ Side Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Side Tables
Wood
This is one of Karl Springers' most exuberant designs. The Graphic nature of the design conceals ample storage.
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Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Decorative Box
Showplace Antique + Design Center
Karl Springer Tessellated Stone Decorative Box
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Boxes
Stone, Wood
A vintage, circa 1970s decorative box with detached cover, by designer Karl Springer, in dark tessellated stone with lacquered wood interior. Markings include label [Karl Springer] to t...
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Karl Springer Floor Lamp, 1970s
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Floor Lamps
Most amazingly and rare floor lamp by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Gunmetal finish highlighted with a bronze finish. The gunmetal stem is covered in Lucite.
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Karl Springer Designed Backgammon Table, Signed, 1988
Talisman
Karl Springer Designed Backgammon Table, Signed, 1...
Karl Springer
Game Tables
A Karl Springer designed Backgammon Table/Desk (with Removable Top to reveal the Board) signed and dated 1988
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"Knife Edge Dining Table" in Bleached Goatskin by ...
Karl Springer
American Dining Room Tables
"Knife Edge Dining Table" in satin lacquered bleached goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (Signed “Karl Springer” on base).  
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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.
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Karl Springer Leather Coffee Table Signed
Flavor
Karl Springer Leather Coffee Table Signed
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Leather, Smoked Glass
Embossed leather covered coffee table with an inset smoked glass top. Signed and labeled Karl Springer.
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Karl Springer Floor Lamp
Modern Drama
Karl Springer Floor Lamp
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Lucite, Nickel
Rare nickel and Lucite floor lamp by Karl Springer.
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Karl Springer Brass Sphere Table Lamp
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass
Brass table lamp by Karl Springer.
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Crocodile Embossed Leather Small Square Dining Car...
Karl Springer
20th Century Hollywood Regency Dining Room Tables
Brass, Leather
Very elegant and designer crocodile embossed leather square dining card table by Karl Springer. Table is a slightly off white slightly glossy leather with beautiful brass CAP details. T...
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Large Goatskin Mirror
Soho Treasures
Large Goatskin Mirror
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Nice massive goatskin parchment mirror.
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Lacquered Goatskin Hanging Dressing Vanity and Mir...
Karl Springer
20th Century Colombian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Very nice lacquered goat skin hanging vanity with the matching mirror.
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Karl Springer Game Table
Robert Massello Antiques
Karl Springer Game Table
Karl Springer
American Modern Game Tables
Brass, Felt, Leather, Wood
Karl Springer (1931-1991). Karl Springer INC. Game table (checkers/chess/backgammon), New York, 1983. Printed and painted leather, felt and brass. Signed and dated.
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Karl Springer Triangular Leg Brass Coffee Table
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century - Hamptons
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Brass Coffee Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
This documented triangular leg base coffee table by Karl Springer is topped with a beveled speckled granite plateau. Very heavy and stunning.
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Karl Springer Lucite and Brass Cocktail Table
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Lucite
Cocktail table with Lucite column legs, brass framing and an inset glass top. Designed and made by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Incised signature on one of the stretchers.
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Karl Springer Goatskin Backgammon Table
Galere
Karl Springer Goatskin Backgammon Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Tables
Goatskin, Leather, Wood
Great goatskin backgammon table designed by Karl Springer.    
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Grey Lacquered Credenza in the Style of Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Beautiful and substantial credenza in the style of Karl Springer with original lucite and brass hardware and one inch thick glass top recently re-lacquered in dove grey.
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Karl Springer Lacquered Snakeskin Decorative Box
Karl Springer
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...
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Pair of Brass Swivel Club Chairs by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Brass, Fabric
This beautifully design chairs have been upholster in a light brown thick soft corduroy fabric that enhances the lines of the chair. The solid polished brass swivel base with casters ar...
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Karl Springer Telephone Table in Black Snakeskin o...
Karl Springer
Modern End Tables
Animal Skin, Brass
A small-scale two-tier telephone table, produced by Karl Springer circa 1980s, in black snakeskin on brass casters. Markings include signature and date [Karl Springer 1983], affixed to ...
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Karl Springer Scavo Glass Ash Tray for Seguso
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Murano Glass
Karl Springer Scavo art glass bowl designed by Karl Springer and manufactured by Seguso in Murano Italy. This bowl is in very good vintage condition overall with some small scratches on...
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“Mark II” Coffee Table Designed by Karl Springer, ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Leather
Coffee table covered in red leather with inset smoked glass top designed by Karl Springer signed and dated 1983. This fantastic table displays wonderful architectural lines, the red le...
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Soufflé Pouf Ottomans
Modern Drama
Soufflé Pouf Ottomans
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Grasscloth, Velvet
Pair of pouf ottomans in the style of Karl Springer. Large ottomans slightly raised on hidden casters. Rarely seen grasscloth bases with new velvet upholstery.
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Karl Springer Leather Embossed Telephone Side Tabl...
Karl Springer
Modern Side Tables
Brass, Leather
A two-tier telephone table, by Karl Springer created circa 1990s, embossed in dark grey reptile leather, on brass caster wheels. Markings include signature and date [Karl Springer 1991]...
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Set of Six Karl Springer "Onasis" Chairs
Palm Beach Antique and Design Center
Set of Six Karl Springer "Onasis" Chairs
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Oak
Set of six original Karl Springer oak "Onassis" armchairs completely reburbished professionally. The seat cushions are in the original leather.
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Karl Springer Swivel Chair
Quotient
Karl Springer Swivel Chair
Karl Springer
20th Century American Swivel Chairs
Brass, Upholstery
Chic, modernist swivel lounge chair on a polished brass base and newly upholstered in a Romo luxurious chalk white fabric with bronze/gold thread accents.
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Rare "Sculpture Table" in Sandstone by Karl Spring...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Side Tables
Bronze, Glass, Sandstone
Sandstone with thick cantilevered glass top and bronze cap screw fitting. "Sculpture table" by Karl Springer
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Set of Three Candleholders in Black Glass by Karl ...
Karl Springer, Seguso Company
American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Set of three candleholders, black glass with Scavo finish, by Karl Springer for Seguso (Murano Italy), American, 1980s. Dimensions are 18, 16, and 14 inches high without candles. Di...
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"Knife Edge Dining Table" in Lacquered Goatskin by...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
"Knife Edge dining table" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980s.  
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Karl Springer Brass and Lucite Cocktail Table, cir...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iconic Karl Springer brass and Lucite cocktail table, circa 1980.
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Glamorous Karl Springer Python Lamp
Pamplemousse
Glamorous Karl Springer Python Lamp
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
Exceptional table lamp in bronze, with base and shade both covered in python, designed by Karl Springer. Rewired for immediate use. Karl Springer (1931-1991) was born in Germany and ...
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Karl Springer Reptile Skin Telephone Table
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin
Telephone table by Karl Springer. Wrapped in white reptile skin. Signed with leather label.
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American Modern Burgundy "Ostrich" Waterfall Conso...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Of typical form covered in ostrich skin, this Classic table is in a rare color and skin.
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