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Karl Springer Chairs

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 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 Chairs

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

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 ...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

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 Chairs

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Lacquered Shell JMF Chair
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Karl Springer lacquered shell JMF chair, circa 1970s. This would make a great desk chair, as it looks great from every angle.
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Shell

Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
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.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Leather

Chic Pair of Original Karl Springer JMF Chairs in Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in Jesteburg, DE
An original design by Karl Springer for Tura, this freeform chair exemplifies the modernist contemporary style of this designer with a sleek silhouette marked by a tall back and curv...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Goatskin

Maitland Smith Shagreen Chair by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This curved chair shows the detailed work of the manufacture Maitland Smith, especially the work of shagreen on the wood structure is unique and shows the design of Karl Springer. Th...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Shagreen, Wood

Pair of Oak Onassis Chairs by Karl Springer Mid-Century Modern
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of oak Onassis chairs by Karl Springer, Mid-Century Modern, new upholstery in faux sheepskin.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Oak

Karl Springer JMF Lacquered Goatskin Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of tall back goatskin covered chairs with a high toned lacquered finish having a simple sophisticated elegant look . Produced in the 1970's this chair has stood the design tes...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer "Regency Armchairs" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 exceptional "Regency Arm Chairs" completely wrapped in black leather with matching black leather upholstery by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These chairs are a tribute to ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

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Karl Springer Pair of "JMF Chairs" in Lacquered Raffia 1993 'Signed'
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Karl Springer Pair of Jmf Chairs in Ostrich Skin, 1982, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer 3 Panel Screen in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional 3 panel screen in lacquered multicolor goatskin with piano hinges by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The craftsmanship is incredible and the colors sublime.
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Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall hanging mirror, octagonal with lacquered light goatskin in front of darker lacquered goatskin edge, with beveled mirror inside, by Karl Springer, American, 1970’s. The combinati...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Karl Springer Side Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rectangular 2-tier side table in lacquered goatskin with recessed base by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Karl Springer’s lacquered goatskin pieces are iconic and meticulously made.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Superb 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 lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1980 (dated on bottom). It is rare to have a set of 12 in this color in this incr...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Wood, Goatskin

Karl Springer Chic JMF Bench in Brass, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Bench" in brass with newly upholstered seat by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Brass

Karl Springer "Angular Leg Writing Desk" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Angular Leg Desk" in lacquered goatskin with 2 drawers by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The radius corners are dark brown goatskin. The combination is very chic. This desk is me...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Monumental "Half Round Molding Mirror" in Lacquered Goatskin 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Monumental "Half Round Molding Mirror with Step Down Detail" in lacquered goatskin with beveled mirror by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This mirror is very impressive in scale and...
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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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Signed Karl Springer Embossed Leather Table and Four Lacquered Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Signed Karl Springer Game or dining table. The table is leather embossed lizard, in very good vintage condition. Four lacquered chairs with very good upholstery - all coordinating in...
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Backgammon Table and Two JMF Chairs by Karl Springer, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is a signed, exquisite two-tone taupe original lizard skin backgammon table by Karl Springer with two matching JMF chairs. The set includes 2 lizard skin cups, set in black and ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Brass

Karl Springer Set of 8 Goatskin JMF Dining Chairs, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer set of 8 goatskin dining chairs, "JMF", 1980. Chairs are Jean Michel Frank Model. Matching dining table in separate listing.
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Karl Springer "JMF Chair" in Blue Shagreen with Bone Inlays 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Leather Clad Armchairs Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Armchairs fully clad in leather by Karl Springer, signed 1982.
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Materials

Leather

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H 32 in. W 22 in. D 20 in.
Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of authentic Karl Springer "Onassis Chairs" clad in lacquered goatskin. Sold as a set.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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Karl Springer Rare JMF Chair in Shagreen with Bone Inlays 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
JMF chair in shagreen with bone inlays and sabots by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (signed on bottom with Karl Springer label). Reference: Karl Springer red Binder catalog, 1980s...
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1880s American Mid-Century Modern Antique Karl Springer Chairs

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Bone, Shagreen, Wood

Karl Springer "JMF Chair" in Tessellated Fossil Stone, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"JMF Chair" in tessellated beige fossil stone with brass sabots by Karl Springer, American 1970s.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Chairs

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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 Chairs

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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 Chairs

Materials

Leather

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H 31 in. W 24 in. D 21 in.
Karl Springer Leather Clad Armchairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
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Leather

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Karl Springer chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs is a Karl Springer chair available for sale. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Karl Springer collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 13 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original chairs by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Frank Gehry, Mastercraft and Charles Hollis Jones. Prices for Karl Springer chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,500 on average.

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