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Karl Springer Side Tables

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 Side Tables

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Brass

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 Side Tables

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Brass

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 Side 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 Side Tables

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Python

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 Side Tables

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Brass, Stainless Steel

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 Side 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 Side 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 Side 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 Side Tables

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Goatskin, Wood, Lacquer

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 Side Tables

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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 Side 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 Side Tables

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Sandstone, Bronze

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 Side 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 Side Tables

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Brass

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 Side Tables

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Bronze

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 Side Tables

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Suede, Wood, Lacquer

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 Side Tables

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Animal Skin

Karl Springer Waterfall Side Table in Python with Stainless Steel Drawer 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Incredible 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 craftsman...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Stainless Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Karl Springer Lucite Side Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of stunning lucite and chrome occasional tables. Brass details on corners add sophistication and charm. Glass top set into chrome frame. Thick square lucite legs.
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Brass, Chrome

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 Side Tables

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Leather, Glass, Wood

Karl Springer Tall Telephone Table in Brown Cobra Skin 2002 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Tall "Telephone Table" in rich brown cobra on brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American, 2002. (Signed on bottom).
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Kyoto Box, 1984
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Kyoto Box" in double glaze faux mushroom shagreen lacquer with faux ivory inlay detail on matching Stand by Karl Springer, American, 1984. (Shown with original Karl Springer showroo...
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1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Lacquer

Karl Springer Telephone Table in Double Bookmatched Flame Mahogany, 2002
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Tall "Telephone Table" in double bookmatched flame mahogany on brass castors by Karl Springer LTD, American, 2002.
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Postmodern Snakeskin and Brass Telephone Side or End Table, 1990
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Postmodern 'telephone' side or end table by designer Karl Springer, 1990. Table is covered in a beautiful authentic snakeskin in a medium brown and supported by small bra...
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1990s American Post-Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Brass

Karl Springer Steel Blue Goatskin Floating Coffee Table, Brass Trim, 1987
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Karl Springer powder blue goatskin floating coffee table, brass trim, 1987. Custom piece by Springer for a massive, eclectic Newport estate with a living and dining room almost entir...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Brass

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 Side Tables

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Leather, Wood

Karl Springer Snake-Textured Leather and Bronze Regency Modern Cocktail Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Karl Springer Snake-textured leather (or leatherette) and bronze Regency modern cocktail table. This is an original Karl Springer piece and retains its " Springer LTD New York" label...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Leather, Glass

Karl Springer Large Python Telephone Table, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large telephone table covered in python by Karl Springer, American 1970s.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Animal Skin

Pair of Karl Springer Leather Side Tables in Mint
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These very rare and modern pair of side tables of Karl Springer have beautiful details and are completely covered in mint leather. The Model was called ´Korean End Table´ and impress...
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20th Century American Karl Springer Side Tables

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Leather

Karl Springer Pedestal Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A tall and stately pedestal table having an expressive rectangular brick-brown marble top on a flaring steel and patinated brass rod base.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Marble, Brass, Steel

Snake Skin Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Two-tier snakeskin side table by Karl Springer, Signed.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Animal Skin

Large Lizard Skin Telephone Tables by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of large-scale telephone side tables by Karl Springer. Black lizard skin with brass wheels. Will be accompanied with “Certification of Authenticity” by Tom Langevin, former Dire...
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20th Century American Post-Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Leather

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 Side Tables

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Sandstone

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 Side Tables

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Metal

Two-Tier Table with Drawer signed Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Two-Tier Table with Drawer signed Karl Springer. Gorgeous, seldom-seen two-tier table in tessellated stone with brass inlays. Karl Springer label in single mahogany drawer, American,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Side Tables

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Stone, Brass

Karl Springer "Rain-Drum" Side Tables in Polished Steel and Marble
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning pair of "Rain-Drum" side tables designed and manufactured by Karl Springer LTD. The tables are in excellent original condition, the metal us in excellent original condition...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Marble, Cut Steel

American Modern "Goatskin" Occasional Table, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
The square top above square tapering legs, with a flattened ball between them all covered in goatskin.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

Pair of Modernist Lacquered Parchment Side Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Montreal, QC
Unusual pair of lacquered parchment side tables by Karl Springer with interlocking glass top.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Goatskin, Glass

Signed Karl Springer Ostrich Embossed Leather Side Table
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
This iconic and rare waterfall design vintage side table by Karl Springer features a recessed drawer and 3/4 inch thick glass shelf (chip to glass on backside - not visible). Can be ...
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Leather, Glass

Pair of Karl Springer "Sculpture" Side Tables in Sandstone
By Karl Springer
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a rare pair of "Sculpture" tables in sandstone, bronze and glass, 12 inch diameter base By Karl Springer.
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1980s American Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables

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Sandstone, Bronze

Karl Springer Red And Black Custom Striped Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Westport, CT
Karl Springer Rare and unusual Custom red and black striped Table one of a kind,with original Label and customers name Circa 1960's (Karl Springer 1931-1991 )
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Side Tables