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Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

American, German, 1931-1991

The Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer brought a chic, high-fashion sensibility to his coffee tables, mirrors, Lucite lamps and other 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, Springer had established his own Manhattan atelier. It was Pierre Scapula, decorator to Jackie and Aristotle Onassis, who spotted Springer's disco-era Onassis chairs — which didn't yet have a name — first commissioned for a private residence in Acapulco, on the floor of the designer’s East 61st Street showroom. Jackie ordered barstools for the couple’s yacht, the Christina O, and dining chairs for their house on the Greek mainland.

At the time of his death, Springer 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.

Springer 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 Souffle Rolling ottoman chrome base 1980s Hollywood regency
By Karl Springer
Located in Virginia Beach, VA
A 1980’s large rolling soufflé ottoman designed by Karl Springer. A great mushroom shaped poof floating on a chrome based frame. Heavy chrome base on effortlessly gliding castor w...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Chrome

Pair of Karl Springer Pouf Ottomans, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Karl Springer pouf ottomans from the 1980s. Feature a polished stainless steel plinth base on four casters. They have been reupholstered in a creamy off white boucle fabric. ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" with Brass Base and Silk Upholstery 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Souffle Ottoman", base in solid seamlessly welded brass with hidden castors and silk upholstery, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This ottoman is not only chic, it is comfortable...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Karl Springer Souflee Ottomans/Stools
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of Karl Springer Souflee Ottomans Brass bases Re-upholstered in faux Shearling
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1970s North American Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Karl Springer Pouf Ottomans
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 1980s. Both have been reupholstered in mohair from fishman's fabrics. Featuring a comfortable upholstered seat with a steel base and hidden rubber ball castors for super smooth mo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Mohair

Karl Springer Pair of Souffle Ottomans in Ivory Bouclé and Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer pair of soufflé ottomans with thick rounded ivory bouclé cushions on rounded square lacquered brass bases with caster wheels. The brass bases are in very good original ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Pair of Poufs / Ottomans by Karl Springer, Original Tan / Taupe Fabric, Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Karl Springer Poufs / "Souffle Ottomans" / stools in the original silk fabric, solid seamlessly welded brass bases, and hidden casters. These work well in any environment inc...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Karl Springer Pair of "Souffle Ottomans" with Polished Gunmetal Bases, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle Ottomans" with custom graphic fabric and bases in seamlessly welded solid polished gunmetal with recessed castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These ottomans are classic Karl Springer. The recessed castors make them very easy to move around. They are beautiful accents for any room. Reference: Karl Springer Red Binder Catalog published in the 1980’s, section titled “seating”, on page 14...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Metal

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 beautifully crafted. Reference: Karl Springer LTD Red Binder Catalog published in the 1980’s, section “seating” on page 17...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Animal Skin, Wood

Karl Springer American Mid-Century Blue Velvet and Steel Souffle Ottoman
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century 'Souffle' ottoman with blue velvet upholstery with a square gilt steel base. (Karl Springer)
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Velvet, Upholstery

Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" with Polished Steel Base, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Souffle Ottoman" with artisan decorated fabric and base in polished stainless steel with hidden castors, by Karl Springer, American 1980s. As with all of Karl Springer’s designs, th...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Pair of Souffle Ottomans
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Karl Springer Souffle Ottomans / Poufs. The bases of the ottomans are brushed steel and upholstered in satin with a hand-painted abstract pat...
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1980s Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

Karl Springer Pair of Souffle Ottomans
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Karl Springer Souffle Ottomans / Poufs. The bases of the ottomans are brushed steel and upholstered in satin with a hand-painted abstract patt...
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1980s Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

RARE Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin Stool
By Karl Springer, Aldo Tura
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This rare original Karl Springer stool is amazing. The stool is lacquered goatskin, in a beautiful rusty orange color, this a design piece truly worth coveting. The stool is in in...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Goatskin, Lacquer

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 Ottomans and Poufs

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Upholstery

Large-Scale Leather and Brass Ottoman by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A large-scale leather and heavy brass ottoman designed by Karl Springer. Newly reupholster in a distressed gray leather. The round heavy brass bottom has hidden wheels, making movi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Brass

Pair of Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" in Blue Velvet
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
Original pair of Karl Springer Souffle ottomans/poufs on casters for easy moving. Polished steel base and blue velvet upholstery.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Steel

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Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" with Polished Steel Base, 1980s
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Karl Springer Style Soufflé Ottoman in Black Velvet with Chrome Base
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Hollywood Regency soufflé ottoman in the style of Karl Springer. Pleated black velvet upholstery and chrome plinth base.
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Karl Springer Style Ivory Bouclé Soufflé Pouf
By Carson's Furniture
Located in Saint Louis, MO
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Hollywood Regency Tufted Upholstered Ottoman
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Tufted ottoman or footstool features gold rope accents and skirted bottom. Perfect touch of Hollywood Regency style for any decor. Good condition with only very minor imperfections (...
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Pair of Hollywood Regency Poufs or Ottomans after Karl Springer by Weiman
By Weiman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A modern matching pair of poufs made by Weiman in the 1980's These feature their original upholstery with brass plinth bases. Very good condition and ready for use.
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Large-Scale Leather and Brass Ottoman by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
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Vintage Karl Springer Style Souffle Ottomans - a Pair
By Karl Springer
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Hollywood Regency Tufted Upholstered Ottoman
Located in Jacksonville, FL
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Small Upholstered Ottoman with Brass Base
By The Tailored Home, Jhon Ortiz
Located in Greenwich, CT
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By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer Pair of "Souffle Ottomans" with Polished Brass Bases 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Ottomans and Poufs

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Karl Springer "Souffle" Rolling Leather and Brass Ottoman, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer "Souffle" rolling leather and brass Ottoman, 1980. Beautiful brass patina. Original leather.
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Karl Springer Pair of Chrome Base "Souffle Ottomans" in Dark Blue Velvet 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle Ottomans" on recessed casters with polished chrome bases and seats newly upholstered in dark blue velvet by Karl Springer, American 1980's. A classic Karl Springer ...
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Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" in Authentic Zebra Skin 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
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Sculptural Molded Clear Acrylic Bench by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1970’s Sculptural clear acrylic bench by Karl Springer. Constructed of one piece of acrylic that’s molded in to shape. Newly professionally polished. ...
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Karl Springer Lucite Greek Key Bench Ottoman
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
A Lucite stool by Karl Springer. Signed on bottom edge. New boucle upholstery.
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Karl Springer Pair "Souffle" Ottomans with Brass Bases ca 2000
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle" ottomans with bases in solid brass with recessed castors by Karl Springer LTD, American, ca 2000. These have been newly upholstered in deep blue velvet.
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Karl Springer Pair of "Souffle Ottomans", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Souffle Ottomans" with bases in gunmetal with hidden castors by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern.
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Lucite and Fabric Bench by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1980s glamours clear acrylic and fabric bench by Karl Springer. Newly professionally polished and upholstered with a lite blue tones and black fabric(see detail photos). The acrylic ...
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Karl Springer "Souffle Ottoman" with Brass Base, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer ottomans and poufs for sale on 1stDibs.

Karl Springer ottomans and poufs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Karl Springer ottomans and poufs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original ottomans and poufs by Karl Springer were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ottomans and poufs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Vladimir Kagan, and Edward Wormley. Prices for Karl Springer ottomans and poufs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,900 and can go as high as $12,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,325.

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