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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Cantilevered Steel and Cushion Stool by Karl Sprin...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Stools
Steel, Upholstery
Exquisite stool by Karl Springer made of steel with a solid flat steel base and a cantilevered steel trunk. The white marine-leather cushion is oblong and the Springer label is on the f...
Karl Springer Polished Nickel and Bronze Coffee Ta...
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Superb coffee table by Karl Springer, nickel on bronze with polished bronze accents. Comes with new glass top (shown without glass top in pictures).
Group of Five Karl Springer Two-Tone Candlesticks
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
Brass, Nickel
Group of five Karl Springer two-tone brass and steel candlesticks of various heights. Various heights: tallest 19.75 x 6.25 2- 15.75 x 6.5 2- 13 x 6.25.
Exceptional 80s Brass and Glass Coffee Table Attri...
Karl Springer
American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A gorgeous chic, modern piece of furniture believed to be designed by Karl Springer. Unsigned. From a VERY upscale, professionally designed Rancho Mirage Estate. This 3/4" glass and br...
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.
Pair of Purcell Brass and Glass Sconces by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Glass, Brass
A pair of 1970s Art Deco inspired parcel sconces. Teal colored chiseled glass drops.
Karl Springer, Pair of Brass and Gunmetal Torchier...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Floor Lamps
A pair of large torchieres (Torchiere #3) by Karl Springer finished in a sophisticated pairing of metals – Architectural polished gold-bronze and gunmetal. Each lamp features a gunmetal...
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Eclectiques
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century End Tables
Brass, Serpentine, Wood
Karl Springer signed snakeskin telephone table on brass wheels.
Pair of Large Karl Springer Murano Scavo Glass Tab...
Karl Springer, Archimede Seguso
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Murano Glass
Pr Karl Springer Murano art glass table lamps. Large Trumpet form glass elements with lobed glass base. Textured milky finish. Signed Karl Springer. The base and the collar have been p...
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.
Karl Springer Shagreen and Wood Coffee Table, 1987...
Karl Springer
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A rare coffee table by Karl Springer. Beautiful shagreen top with a thick solid wood frame, corners are lacquered. Signed and dated underneath.
Goatskin Covered Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large goatskin covered Parsons coffee table designed by Karl Springer. Comes with authentication by Tom Langevin, former Director of Design of Springer Ltd. A second, slightly larger...
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...
Three Shagreen Nesting Tables, Signed Karl Springe...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Shagreen
Very rare set of three shagreen nesting tables (signed Karl Springer) with original label.
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.
Exceptional Pair of Karl Springer Murano Scavo Cor...
Karl Springer
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Art Glass
This is a large pair of Murano Scavo Corroso vases that date to, circa 1980. These vases are detailed with applied glass handles in the ancient amphora form and can be attributed to eit...
Stainless Steel Night Table with Mirror Top by Kar...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
With three graduated drawers and clear mirror top. Photocopy of original invoice from Karl Springer LTD. is available.
Stainless Steel Eight-Drawer Chest by Karl Springe...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
With four drawers left and four drawers right and clear mirror top. Photocopy of original invoice from Karl Springer LTD. is available.
Rare Karl Springer Chinese Chair
Solo Modern
Rare Karl Springer Chinese Chair
Karl Springer
American Side Chairs
Brass, Chrome, Leather, Lucite
Purchased from the original owner, who purchased the chair along with Regency dining chairs from Springer in the 1980s. According to Mark Eckman, one of Springer's collaborators, there ...
Karl Springer Table Lamp in Python
Solo Modern
Karl Springer Table Lamp in Python
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps
Brass, Wood
An early example of Springer's exotic hide covered furniture. Re-skinned by a former Springer workshop artisan, Eileen Johnson. Rewired and sockets updated for immediate use.
Karl Springer Coffee Table in Blue Shagreen-Signed...
Karl Springer
Philippine Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bone, Shagreen
Impressive Karl Springer blue shagreen cocktail table with bone inlays details and leg caps. Made in the Philippines for Karl Springer in the 1980s. Signed with plaque on underside. Squ...
Pair of Wall-Mounted Demilune "Tulip Base Consoles...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Art Deco Console Tables
Pair of rare and exceptionally crafted wall-mounted demilune "Tulip Base Consoles" in stainless steel and brass with glass top by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
Rare Set of Ten Stainless Steel Regency Dining Cha...
Karl Springer
American Dining Room Chairs
Lambskin, Stainless Steel
Purchased from the original owner who bought the set from Karl Springer while living in Manhattan in the mid-1980s. Upholstered in the original lambskin that was offered by Springer.
Goatskin Console, Side Table by Karl Spinger, 1980...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Goatskin, Lacquer, Wood
Goatskin console by Karl Springer, United States, 1980s. Measure: W 183 cm, D 43 cm, H 67 cm. Excellent condition ! Worldwide shipping.
Pair of Dome Top Art Deco Style Mirrors by Karl Sp...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Glass, Mirror
A large pair of Art Deco-Style "Dome Top" wall mirrors designed and manufactured by Karl Springer Ltd (German/New York, 1931-1991) circa 1970s. The mirrors feature glassed arched crests...
Karl Springer Console Dining Table
TISHU
Karl Springer Console Dining Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Brass, Glass, Stainless Steel
Pair of authenticated tulip table bases designed and manufactured by Karl Springer, Ltd. The bases are currently reconfigured as a pair of console tables with glass tops, but they can a...
Karl Springer Scored-Leather "Sculpture Bench"
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
American Benches
Leather
Architectural bench fully covered in smooth scored leather in a beautiful light gray-taupe color. A fine example of Springer's meticulous attention to detail, high-quality workmanship, ...
Set of Two Karl Springer Candlesticks in Shagreen ...
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Art Deco Candle Holders
Nickel, Shagreen
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 Free-Form Tables
Galerie XX
Karl Springer Free-Form Tables
Karl Springer
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A great set of signed Karl Springer free-form tables in fossilized coral.
Karl Springer Snakeskin Round Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin, Wood
A hard-to-find Karl Springer snakeskin table, this has a rich chocolate brown, great column legs and other appealing lines. It can work for your home as an occasional table, a side tabl...
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).
Karl Springer Triangular Leg Brass Coffee Table
Gustavo Olivieri 20th Century
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.
Pair of Karl Springer Brass and Lucite End Tables
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Glass, Lucite
In excellent condition, featuring distinctive design and incised Karl Springer signature. Glass top set into polished brass frame. Thick cylindrical Lucite legs.
Two-Tier Table in Tessellated Stone by Karl Spring...
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Stone
Gorgeous, seldom-seen two-tier table in tessellated stone with brass inlays. Karl Springer label in single mahogany drawer, American, 1980s.
Karl Springer Coffee Table in Rare Gunmetal and Go...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Chrome, Glass
Karl Springer coffee table in rare gunmetal and gold tone finish, signed, 1970s. Glass has a smoked amber tint. Condition is excellent with less than average wear for age and use. Se...
Rare Karl Springer Goatskin Parchment Dinette or G...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
For your consideration is an amazing and rare dinette game table. The beautiful Karl Springer goatskin parchment table, with slide out shelf to put drinks or snacks. The table measures ...
Pair of Lucite Floor Lamps by Karl Springer
On Hold
Modern Epic Antiques
Pair of Lucite Floor Lamps by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
American Floor Lamps
A pair of large sand blasted Lucite torchieres by Karl Springer. Three rod shafts with brass collars. Dimmer switch.
Vintage Karl Springer JMF Gilded Gold Armchair
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Vintage Karl Springer JMF gilded gold armchair. Please contact for additional images.                
Exceptional Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Lobel Modern, Inc
Exceptional Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Table lamp in steel wrapped in hand-decorated leather with abstract geometric design by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.  
Signed Karl Springer Bar Stools
The Silver Fund
Signed Karl Springer Bar Stools
Karl Springer
American Modern Stools
Chrome, Faux Leather
A fabulous pair of bar stools signed by designer Karl Springer covered in faux lizard skin and chrome ring.
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Avalon
Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Bench
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Chrome, Leather, Steel
Original circa 1970s Karl Springer polished stainless steel X-frame bench, with brass details and new black kid glove leather upholstery.
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...
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.
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.
Sculpture Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Wright Now
Sculpture Coffee Table by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Mid-20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Horn
Sold with a certificate of authentication from Tom Langevin, former director for Karl Springer, Ltd. Made in custom sizes with a variety of finishes, approximately 30 examples of the...
Pair of Karl Springer Swing Arm Wall Lamps in Heav...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Pair of Karl Springer lamps from 1970s. High quality craftsmanship made in America. All parts including finials, pulls and mounting brackets are original. 27 inches deep when fully e...
Karl Springer Shagreen Console Table
Galere
Karl Springer Shagreen Console Table
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Console Tables
Shagreen, Wood
Classic design, large dimensions and exotic materials. Karl Springer label below.
Pair of Karl Springer Brown Embossed Leather Side ...
Karl Springer
20th Century American Modern Side Tables
Brass
Pair of square side, end or cocktail tables covered in lizard embossed leather with brass inlays by Karl springer, USA, circa 1980, signed.
Pair of Karl Springer Murano Glass Torchieres
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Murano Glass
Pair of Karl Springer white Murano/Venetian glass torchieres having dramatic flared tops above a thin brass ring detail. Ending in round bases.
JMF Armchairs by Karl Springer
GM Decor
JMF Armchairs by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Set of six 1983 JMF armchairs by Karl Springer with brown ultra-sued upholstered seats and painted in metallic lacquer. Four in burgundy and two in blue. Will consider selling in sets o...
Karl Springer Shagreen Box
Redefined Decor
Karl Springer Shagreen Box
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Shagreen
Karl Springer green shagreen box having original brass plaque.
Exceptional Set of Three "Free-Form Coffee Tables"...
Karl Springer
American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Exceptional complete set of three "Free-Form Coffee Tables" in polished stainless steel on hidden casters by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. It is rare to see a complete set in polished...
Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Table lamp in lacquered wood and lucite with chrome hardware and original string shade by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This lamp is 9 inches in diameter. The shade is 19 inches in ...
Pair of End Table in Lacquered Grass Cloth by Karl...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Pair of end tables in lacquered grass cloth with brass inlays by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Karl Springer pieces are meticulously crafted and these are no exception.
Pair of Karl Springer Swivel Club Chairs
Karl Springer
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Chrome, Linen, Upholstery, Wool
Karl Springer swivel club chairs with original wool or linen upholstery and chrome circular bases. From a Lake Shore Drive , Chicago estate.
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Exhibit Modern
Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
Karl Springer, Karl Springer Ltd.
American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Animal Skin, Brass, Silk
Petite telephone table wrapped in snakeskin with original casters designed by Karl Springer. Very graphic patterning to the orange snakeskin. Beautiful and functional object. Unmarked b...
Pair of "Soufflé" Ottomans by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Ottomans and Poufs
Pair of "soufflé" ottomans with nickel plated bases, dark gray Turkish velvet upholstery and recessed castors.
Karl Springer Desk with Embossed Leather Top and L...
Karl Springer
Vintage 1970s American Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Leather, Lucite
Impressive desk by German designer Karl Springer. The desk features a lizard embossed black leather top, and imposing, massive Lucite legs. There are two drawers at the front of the des...
Pair of "Sculpture Tables" in Gunmetal and Glass b...
Karl Springer
American Side Tables
Pair of "Sculpture Tables" in gunmetal finish with thick cantilevered glass slabs. Heavy weighted bases. One table base is signed on lower center back. The pair is in excellent conditio...
Karl Springer Tessellated Horn Dining Table
Karl Springer
North American Dining Room Tables
Karl Springer Tessellated horn 60" dining table with Lucite and chrome base. Excellent condition. Base has three Lucite columns and chrome base. Would also work as a center table.