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Karl Springer (Germany, 1931–91)
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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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...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer 'JMF' Modern Black Lacquered Console
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer modern black lacquered 'JMF' console from the Jean Michel Frank series.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Wood

Karl Springer Polished Steel and Glass Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Small polished steel and smoked, beveled glass table. Designed and made by Karl Springer. This is an authentic, original Karl Springer design. Ready for use.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Steel

Karl Springer Parsons Backgammon Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Parsons style backgammon table. Covered on Faux Emu leather Flip up compartment for game-piece storage. Authenticated by Tom Langevin.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather

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

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Bone, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Chinese Style Writing Desk" in Embossed Leather 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“Chinese Style Desk” in color embossed textured leather with 2 drawers by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The craftsmanship and materials are superb and this is a wonderful example o...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

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

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Brass

Vintage Embossed Leather Desk by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
An elegant vintage leather desk designed by iconic designer Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1970s. Standing out for its minimalist design, this desk has 2 large drawers tha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Rare Karl Springer Custom Designed Desk
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great custom example of Karl Springers work. Solid Brushed Chrome, Tooled leather and a modern take on a classic design. Authenticated by Tom Langevin.
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1970s North American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Steel

Karl Springer Sculptural Lucite Cocktail Table Base with Brass Caps Vintage
By Karl Springer
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful angled and sculptural Karl Springer table base has brass caps. There is no glass provided for this great base. One piece of Lucite is longer than the other as it curve...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

American Modern Gunmetal, Brass & Smoked Glass Banker Coffee Table Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
The oval smoked glass inset top surrounded by a race track shaped gunmetal frame with curved legs and geometric brass interior banding. (under glass). The Banker Coffee Table Documen...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Steel, Brass

Karl Springer Lacquered Goatskin Mushroom Cocktail 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

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Goatskin

Signed Karl Springer Lizard 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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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

Vintage Ostrich Leather Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Fabulous vintage table designed by iconic designer Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1980s. This table has a simple but functional design, the table is hand wrapped in ostric...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Telephone Table" in Peach Snakeskin 1970s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“Telephone Table” on brass castors covered in peach color snakeskin by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). Bottom is cover...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Python

Karl Springer Leather Coffee Table Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Embossed leather-covered coffee table with inset glass top. The table has a leather label with signature.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Glass, Leather

Pair of Karl Springer 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

Shagreen Desk by Karl Springer, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Shagreen desk by Karl Springer. Signed.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Shagreen, Wood

Karl Springer Complete Set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in Polished Brass 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important complete set of 3 "Free Form Coffee Tables" in polished brass with black glass tops by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This is considered one of Springer’s best co...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Triangular Leg Coffee Table" in Lacquered Goatskin 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional "Triangular Leg Coffee Table" in boxed lacquered ivory goatskin with inlaid white goatskin medallions by Karl Springer, American 1980s. This table exemplifies that superl...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Exceptional "Kyoto Box" End Table in Shagreen, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional "Kyoto Box" end table in shagreen with bone inlays, base in tessellated penshell, interior in cedar with beautiful chrome hinges, by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Every ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Chrome

Karl Springer Authentic African Elephant Table with Floating Glass Top, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Authentic hand carved African elephant table with customized glass top and polished brass fittings by Karl Springer, American 1980s. Karl Springer incorporated authentic African a...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Triangular Leg Metal End Table" with Shagreen Top 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Triangular Leg Metal End Table" in brass with shagreen top by Karl Springer, American 1980s (signed "Karl Springer" under top). This table is meticulously crafted and is a fine exam...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Parson Style Backgammon Table" in Embossed Lizard, 1990
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Parsons Style Backgammon Table" in 2-tone embossed lizard leather with backgammon table under lift-off cover with game pieces by Karl Springer, American 1990 (signed and dated with ...
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1990s American Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Tray Top End Tables in Embossed Lizard 1989 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 2-tier "Tray Top End Tables", each with a drawer, covered in 2-tone lizard embossed leather by Karl Springer, American 1989 (signed with leather Karl Springer label with sign...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

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 Tables

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer, Brancusi-Style Table, United States, circa 1981
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco was Karl Springer's primary aesthetic influence. This is more than evident in his beautiful drum side tables, both in their elegant simplicity of form and their exotic exter...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Lacquer

Exceptional Vintage Lucite and Glass Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional vintage lucite and glass coffee table designed by Karl Springer in the United States, circa 1980s. This coffee table has a unique design in which its construction materia...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Gunmetal Brass, Glass End Table
By Karl Springer
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
End table by Karl Springer in gunmetal, brass, glass and enameled wood. Crafted in New York circa 1980. This lovely piece has some light oxidation to the gunmetal and brass that is c...
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1980s North American Post-Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer "Altar Console Table" in Antique Copper, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Altar Console Table" in lacquered antiqued cooper leaf with Negoro rub through technique by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. These unique artisan finishes make Springer’s pieces wor...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Copper

Karl Springer Petit Coffee Table in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit waterfall coffee table in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. The underside of the table is also finished in lacquered goatskin. The quality of this table is ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Lacquer

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

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Brass

Karl Springer "Sculpture Table" in Sandstone and Bronze, 1985
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
“12” Diameter Sculpture Table" in sandstone with thick cantilevered glass top and bronze cap screw by Karl Springer, American 1985. Reference Karl Springer LTD Red Binder Catalog...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Sandstone, Bronze

Karl Springer "Tray Top Side Table" in Embossed Lizard Leather 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
2-tier "Tray Top Side Table" covered in embossed lizard leather with drawer by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on drawer with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). This ta...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Shagreen Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Telephone table on brass castors covered in gray/blue shagreen by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed on bottom with metal label which reads "Karl Springer"). An iconic Springer d...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Extraordinary Pair of Telephone Tables in Mint Shagreen, 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional Telephone tables completely clad in mint shagreen with inset bone detail around top and bottom shelves and with brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American 2002....
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Fine End Table in Red and Black Cobra 1988
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully Crafted Telephone Table style end table in red and black cobra by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Cobra Telephone Table with Brass Castors 1988 'Signed and Dated'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" covered in beige cobra with moire silk on the bottom in brass castors by Karl Springer, American 1988 (label on bottom reads "Karl Springer 1988").
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Extension Dining Table in Embossed Crocodile Leather, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Round extension dining table with 3 leaves covered in white embossed crocodile leather with chrome accents by Karl Springer, American, 1980's. It is rare to see a Springer extension ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Chrome

Mastercraft Asian Inspired Brass Coffee Table by Karl Springer
By Mastercraft, Karl Springer
Located in Esperance, NY
Mastercraft Asian inspired brass coffee table by Karl Springer.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Petit Game Table in Embossed Lizard Leather, 1987, 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Petit game table in black embossed lizard leather by Karl Springer, American 1987 (original Karl Springer label on bottom with signature and year). The craftsmanship of this table is...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Parsons Style End Tables In Embossed Crocodile Leather 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large parsons style end tables covered in dark brown embossed crocodile leather by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The meticulous craftsmanship and scale of these tables make...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather, Wood

Set of 2 Black Sprayed Snakeskin Karl Springer Small Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in London, GB
Pair of black snakeskin signed Karl Springer small side table. Resprayed!
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather

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

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Brass

Karl Springer Snakeskin Telephone Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A nice example of this form by Karl Springer.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Leather

Karl Springer Python Telephone Table with Bronze Castors, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Telephone Table" in python with bronze castors by Karl Springer, American 1970's. Bottom is covered in black suede. A classic Springer design.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Shagreen Karl Springer Circular Dining Table with 3 Leaves
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
A Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer circular dining, conference or center table having three twenty inch leaves. The fine column form base supporting a circular table top. Extends to ...
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Wood

Karl Springer Large Lacquered "Kyoto Box" in 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" hand lacquered with hinged top by Karl Springer, American 1980s. The interior is covered in suede. This can be used as a side or occasional table. It’s a special piece.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Suede, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer "Dorchester Coffee Table" in Figured Anigre, 1990s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Dorchester Coffee Table" in figured Anigre with Marquetry border inlay on top with gold leaf accents by Karl Springer, American, 1990s (signed with Springer label). This table is me...
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1990s American Modern Karl Springer Tables

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Gold Leaf

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

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Nickel, Chrome

Mid Century Modern Center Table in Chrome Glass and Brass by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer, Milo Baughman, Gabriella Crespi
Located in Framingham, MA
An elegant and striking modern "Tulip" center table in chrome, brass and glass; featuring a thick round base and three curved arms with brass trim supporting a round 3/4" glass top. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer "Art Deco Console Table" in Lacquered Goat Skin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Art Deco Console Table" with drawer in lacquered chocolate brown and gray goatskin by Karl Springer, American 1970s. This is a wonderful example of Springer's meticulous craftsmansh...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Lacquer

Lacquered Goatskin Parchment Console Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Spectacular 1986 goatskin console table with two drawers designed by Karl Springer. Constructed of wood covered with goatskin and finish with clear lacquer. Shows minor wear consis...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Lucite X-Base Dining Table with Square Glass Top, Signed, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very impressive and rare 1970s lucite X-base dining table by Karl Springer with extra-thick square glass top. Strikingly sculptural and substantial solid lucite base comprised of ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Glass, Lucite

Pair of Karl Springer Snake Skin Two-Tier Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Karl Springer snake skin two-tier side tables. One with embossed leather label "Karl Springer 1983".
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Animal Skin

American Modern White Murano Linen "Waterfall" Console, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
A beautiful example of a Classic table in white Murano linen. Original receipt from Karl Springer accompanies this piece.   
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Linen, Wood

Karl Springer "Tray Top Console Table", 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Tray Top Console Table" in lacquered linen by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. This table is beautifully made.
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Linen, Wood

Karl Springer Waterfall Console Table in Lacquered Tessellated Horn, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional waterfall console table in multicolor tessellated horn in a chevron pattern by Karl Springer, American, 1970's. The graphic patterning of the tessellated horn makes this ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Tables

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Horn, Wood, Lacquer