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Karl Springer Credenzas

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 Credenza in Lacquered Mahogany with Oxidized Bronze Doors, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Meticulously crafted T-style cabinet in mirror lacquered mahogany with oxidized bronze doors and brass pulls by Karl Springer, American 1980s. This is rare design with extraordinary ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Credenzas

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Brass, Bronze

Post Modern Italian Lacquered Burl Credenza
By Aldo Tura, Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This gorgeous Italian credenza is a sight to behold. Very art deco esq in style, it can go with many decor styles. It is a beautiful lacquered burl wood, atop a mirrored plinth base,...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Credenzas

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Lacquer, Burl

Karl Springer Stainless and Black Lacquer Six Door Credenza
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Custom Karl Springer six door, polished stainless steel and black lacquer credenza. The interior has adjustable shelving, a wine rack that can easily be removed and two drawers on th...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Credenzas

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Stainless Steel

American Modern Lapis Goatskin"Royal Palm" 4 Door Server/Credenza, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
We are authorized reps on Karl Springer LTD. A Lapis goatskin 4 door server/credenza, each door opens to reveal a drawer and shelves. We can custom create this piece in 12 colorways ...
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2010s American Modern Karl Springer Credenzas

Materials

Wood, Goatskin

Royal Palm Lacquered Goatskin Credenza, USA
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Available exclusively at Todd Merrill Studio, the Karl Springer LTD Royal Palm cabinet features a grid inlay of lacquered goatskin, available in a variety of colorways. The interior,...
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2010s American Karl Springer Credenzas

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Goatskin

Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin Credenza
By Aldo Tura, Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Don't miss this piece. This Massive Karl Springer piece is fantastic. Measuring in at 9 feet in length, it truly is unlike any piece of its kind. Finished in the notorious goatski...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Credenzas

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Lacquer, Goatskin

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Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Shagreen Lacquer with Brass Accents, 1980s
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Karl Springer Monumental Lacquered Gold Leaf Mirror, 1980s
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Karl Springer "Knife Edge Table" in Lacquered Goat Skin, 1980s
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Karl Springer "Giacometti Style Floor Lamp" in Bronze 1980s
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Karl Springer Exceptional Artisan Bronze Orb Sculpture, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer "Athena Pedestal" in Chrome with Brass, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Athena Pedestal" in polished chrome with inset brass channel by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. Springer loved to mix metals in luxurious ways. This pedestal exemplifies that.
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Karl Springer "Chinese Cube Style Coffee Table" in Lacquered Linen, 1980s
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Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer credenzas for sale on 1stDibs

Karl Springer credenzas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Karl Springer Credenzas, there are many options, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 4 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 2 modern editions to choose from. Many of Karl Springer's original credenzas were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by Kittinger, Vladimir Kagan and Brueton. Prices for Karl Springer Credenzas can vary depending on size, time period, and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $5,195 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for on average $25,000.

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