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Karl Springer Tables

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.

Find a collection of vintage Karl Springer furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Karl Springer
Signed Karl Springer Side Table with Cantilevered Glass Top
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A gunmetal and glass cantilevered cocktail table designed by Karl Springer. Singed at foot of base.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer "Round Leg Coffee Table" with Artisan Etched Glass 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Round Leg Coffee Table" in gunmetal and chrome by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom stretcher “Karl Springer”). Art Deco style etched circular motifs on tops by glass...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Nickel, Chrome

Karl Springer Sculpture Table Sandstone Cantilever 1980s Glass Brass Modern
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Karl Springer "Sculpture" table in sandstone. This table will have a new glass-the one picture has a large chip.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Sandstone

Pair of Karl Springer Polished Steel and Brass Sculpture Leg Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of sculpture leg side tables by Karl Springer. Mixed metal bases with polished stainless steel bases, brushed stainless top plate, and polished brass finial that holds cantileve...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Authentic 1970s Small Lacquer Wood Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Off-white, small lacquered wood side table. Designed and made by Karl Springer. This is an authentic, original Karl Springer design from the 1970s. Ready for use.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Wood

1980 Karl Springer Knife Edge Drama Oval Dining Table Creamy Lacquered Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in National City, CA
Dining table Sensational Karl Springer Ltd 1980 cream lacquered goatskin knife edge dining table. Dramatic double pedestal base. Measures: 28.75 H 47.25 D x 94.5 L inches Maker labe...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Arte Moderne" Game Table in Tessellated Pen Shell 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare "Arte Moderne" game table in tesselated pen shell with brass inlays and inset smoke glass top by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The Arte Moderne Series is one of Springer’s mos...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Mark II Game Table in Leather with 4 Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is an original Mark II Game table by Karl Springer. It is covered in the original brownish taupe leather with an inset glass top. The four chairs are in the original matching le...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Waterfall Side Table in Python with Stainless Steel Drawer 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional waterfall side table covered in python with stainless steel drawer and thick glass shelf by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This table exemplifies the meticulous craftsma...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Stainless Steel

Signed Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin & Brown Leather Game Table, Card Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Miami, FL
Original signed Karl Springer Game Table or Card Table in Lacquered Goatskin, Leather Legs in Brown & Taupe Color. The Goatskin is in great condition with a rich dark yellow color. ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Leather

Karl Springer Crocodile Leather 2 Drawer Console Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An Alligator leather console by Karl Springer 2 drawers make this a useful form. Karl Springer leather label below   
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather

Important Karl Springer Design Leather Clad Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Provenance, from the estate of the late Steve Fossett comes this magnificent pair of alligator embossed leather clad side tables designed by Karl Springer. Signed Karl Springer and d...
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1980s Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer J.M.F. Pedestal in Tessellated Pen Shell, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“J.M.F. Pedestal” in tessellated pen shell with brass edge design by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The dynamic form and craftsmanship of this pedestal are absolutely superb.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Telephone Table in Red Pony Skin, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Chic "Telephone Table" in red pony skin on brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”). It is rare to see a Telephone Table in pony skin. ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Embossed Leather Maroon Coffee Table by Karl Springer, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
A rectangular embossed leather coffee table by Karl Springer. In a deep red with purple undertones, the embossed leather on this table features rich textural details. Karl Spring...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer "Knife Edge Table" in Lacquered Goat Skin, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional "Knife Edge Table" in mirror polished high gloss dark brown lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This table is the perfect size for a game table or cente...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Small Scale Coffee Table in Lacquered Linen 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit waterfall coffee table covered in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American 1970's. A beautiful jewel of a table.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Linen, Wood, Lacquer

Large Ron Seff Goat Skin Rare Lucite Base Expandable Dining Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Westport, CT
Ron Seff Goat Skin Lucite base versatile extra-large expandable dining/conference table, when closed 72" with two leave 20"each when fully opened 112" in exceptional condition bevel...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Lucite, Wood

Karl Springer Sculptural Side Table in Lizard Embossed Leather, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Striking sculptural side table in brown embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This table is completely finished, even the bottom. Karl Springer was a meticulous ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood, Lizard

Karl Springer Pagoda Dining Table in Goatskin
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
This Springer pagoda dining table, with a custom bullnose edge, was acquired from the estate of the original owner. The natural goatskin parchment is of the variation, shading and in...
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Gesso, Wood

Karl Springer Meticulously Crafted Coffee Table with Lucite Legs 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Round Leg Lucite coffee table" with brass stretchers and inset glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's (Signed “Karl Springer” on brass stretcher). This table is beautifully mad...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Large Lacquered "Kyoto Box" 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" with hand lacquered shagreen and bone motif with hinged top by Karl Springer, American 1980s. The interior is covered in suede. This can be used as a side or occasional t...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Lacquer, Suede, Wood

Karl Springer Tall "Telephone Table" in Crocodile Leather 1980s, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Fine "Telephone Table" in caramel and brown embossed crocodile leather on brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer”). This embossed croco...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Pierre Sabatier, Rectangular Lava Stone & Metal Coffee Table, France, c. 1965
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A large, rare rectangular coffee table in glazed lava stone and blackened metal by French designer Pierre Sabatier.
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Lava, Metal

Karl Springer Waterfall Side Table in Embossed Lizard Leather 1993 'Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Waterfall side table covered in embossed lizard leather with drawer and glass shelf by Karl Springer, American 1993, (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1993"). The quality of this...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer Solid Lucite Leg Coffee Table 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Clear solid Lucite leg coffee table with thick glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's The legs of this iconic table can be reconfigured to accommodate a round or square top of v...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer 2-Tier Coffee Table in Platinum Lacquered Linen 1994 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
2- Tier raised edge coffee table in platinum lacquered linen on chrome castors by Karl Springer, American 1994 (signed “Karl Springer 1994” on bottom). Designed in the style of Sprin...
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1990s American Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Chrome

Karl Springer Shagreen Waterfall Coffee Occasional Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Waterfall coffee table in natural shagreen with ivorine inlay by Karl Springer, Karl Springer LTD. The color is a charcoal grey with a slight blue hue. Signed on metal plaque on unde...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Shagreen

Karl Springer Brass End Table with Beveled Black Glass Top 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Triangular Leg Metal End Table" in polished brass with beveled black glass top by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This table is meticulously crafted and is a fine example of Springe...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer "Ming Coffee Table" in Python 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Ming Coffee Table" covered in yellow python skin by Karl Springer, American 1970's. A classic Karl Springer design.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Wood, Python

Karl Springer Tesselated Stone “Tressle” Dining Table, 1970’s
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Tesselated stone “Tressle” dining table, circa 1970’s. All original with Karl Springer Signature panel.
Category

1970s Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Stone

Karl Springer Telephone Drinks Table in Red Cobra Skin
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Karl Springer telephone table, drinks table wrapped in authentic red cobra skin. Supported by four bronze casters. Signed with metal Tag "Karl Springer" on underside.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Animal Skin

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.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Brass and Lucite Bar-Cart", 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“Brass & Lucite Bar-Cart” with swiveling top by Karl Springer, American 1980's. This piece is beautifully made. Reference: Karl Springer LTD red binder catalog published in the 1...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Sculpture Cocktail Table in Lucite and Brass by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is an impressive sculptural Lucite leg coffee table by Karl Springer. The cylinder lucite legs are 8.25" in diameter and finished with a polished brass detail that secures the g...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Yellow Cobra Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1985 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" covered in yellow cobra with moire silk on the bottom in brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1985 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1985").
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Lacquered Goat Skin Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern lacquered parchment square dining table or card table. High quality thick lacquer finish over real parchment.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Rain Drum Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great example of this form complimented by its original iridized surface. With a marble top.
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Marble, Steel

Karl Springer Leather Clad Console and Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original, authenticated leather-clad (parchment covered) console table with beveled mirror by Karl Springer. Sold as a set. In beautiful, ready to use condition. Top quality design a...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Mirror, Wood

Karl Springer Kyoto Box / Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rarely seen Karl Springer Kyoto Box Original surface with minor touchups Original suede interior.
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Wood

Karl Springer "Telephone Table" Style End Table in Leather and Shagreen, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Telephone Table style end table covered in brown leather with tops in dark brown shagreen on brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The bottom is covered in mat...
Category

1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer 2-Tier Side Table in Red Python with Horn Handles 1977, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Unique 2-tier side table in red python with authentic horn handles with small brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1977 (label on bottom reads “Karl Springer 1977”). Fine materia...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Exceptional "Ming Coffee Table" in Python 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptionally crafted "Ming Coffee Table" in black and white python by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The skins are in like-new condition. The craftsmanship of this table is superb....
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Wood, Python

Karl Springer Large Dining Table in Goatskin with Brass Bases 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Racetrack dining table with top in lacquered goatskin with 2 half-moon brass bases by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The goatskin finish is both luxurious and stunning. The custom b...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin Mushroom Cocktail Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Karl Springer, a rare and wonderful mushroom cocktail table in lacquered goatskin. The sexy shape and size are perfectly suited for a space requiring a smaller table... t...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin

Karl Springer Blue Shagreen and Leather Wrapped Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Karl Springer shagreen and leather wrapped coffee table. Signed and dated. Blue tinted shagreen. Gray version available on separate listing. Extremely rare example. Wear to the leath...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather, Shagreen

Karl Springer Python Skin Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This can be used as either a bench or a table. A classic Franc 1940s design reimagined by Karl Springer, Label below
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Late 20th Century American Karl Springer Tables

Karl Springer Waterfall Console Table, Lizard Skin, 1992
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer waterfall console table wrapped in white lizard skin. Signed “Karl Springer 1992” on leather tag.
Category

1990s North American Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Lizard

Karl Springer Tessellated Bone and Black Lacquer Wood Cocktail Table
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing and beautiful fully restored pagoda style Karl Springer cocktail table is tessellated inlay bone and has a black lacquer wood base. It is from the 1980s. It has a timele...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Bone, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Rectangular Coffee Table in Batik with Recessed Lighting, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Faceted rectangular coffee table in black batik fabric with bone inlays, over pedestal base with recessed lighting, by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The recessed lighting makes thi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Wire

Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Coffee Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Coffee table by Karl Springer wrapped in python snake skin. Hand-signed to underside [Karl Springer 1987].
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Leather

American Modern Natural Goatskin JMF Double "C" Console, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
American Modern JMF Double "C" Console by Karl Springer. Goatskin parchment shown in standard colorway, with a hand polished lacquer finish. Customization available and available i...
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2010s American Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer Coffee Table with Lucite Legs and Unique Glass Top 1980s (Signed)
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large one-of-a-kind round coffee table with 3 solid lucite legs and table top etched by glass artist Joseph Spohr for Karl Springer, American 1980’s (signed “Karl Springer” on lucite...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Art Glass, Lucite

Karl Springer Hand-Carved African Table with Glass Top 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Remarkable authentic hand-carved African table with custom glass top with bronze fittings by Karl Springer, American 1980's. Karl Springer had a specialist who traveled to Asia and t...
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1980s African Tribal Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer "Sculpture Table" in Polished Steel and Brass 1985 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Iconic “10” Diameter Sculpture Table" with polished steel base, polished brass cap and screw and thick cantilevered glass top by Karl Springer, American 1985 (impressed signature in ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass, Steel, Lead

Crushed Shell Veneered Coffee Table by Karl Springer, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A large square crushed shell veneered coffee table by Karl Springer, in deep brown/purple and detailed with fine patinated brass inlay, retains Makers Mark, 1980s. Karl Springer est...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Shell

A Pair of American Modern "Bullnose" Night Tables, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
American Modern nightstands by Karl Springer, "Bullnose" design. Goatskin parchment shown in standard colorway, with a hand polished lacquer finish. Customization available and ava...
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2010s American Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer 1970s Midcentury Octagonal Bar Cart with Red Snakeskin Finish
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Karl Springer octagonal bar cart from the mid 20th century, with red snakeskin and casters. Made by renowned designer Karl Springer in the 1970s, this bar cart features an octagona...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer tables for sale on 1stDibs

Karl Springer tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Karl Springer table collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 192 vintage editions of these items, while there are 4 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original tables by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 20th century in the modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider tables by Charles Hollis Jones, Paul Evans and Vladimir Kagan. Prices for Karl Springer tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,100 and tops out at $120,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9.560 on average.

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