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Karl Springer Furniture

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
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 Furniture

Materials

Shagreen, Wood

Karl Springer Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in Embossed Reptile Leather, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Onassis Chairs" in green embossed reptile leather with leather hand stitched seats by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. Newly upholstered seats in grey velvet by Lobel Modern....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather, Velvet, Foam

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.
Category

1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Lucite

Karl Springer Pair of JMF Chairs in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "JMF Chairs" in lacquered goatskin by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. These clean line chairs are beautifully made.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Rare "Giacometti Style Table Lamp" 1980s 'signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Rare "Giacometti” style table lamp in bronze and patinated copper by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (Karl Springer label on bottom). Measures: Shade Diam: 16 inches Shade H: 12 inches
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

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Bronze, Copper

Karl Springer Octagonal 1970s Beveled Glass Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal beveled glass mirror is mirrored three dimensionally, to reflect light from all sides, by designer Karl Springer, circa 1970.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Glass

Karl Springer Embossed Leather Cafe / Game Table, 1983, Signed and Dated
By Karl Springer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A gorgeous Karl Springer table which is signed and dated underneath table top (see photos) in beautiful black shagreen embossed leather. Signed Karl Springer and dated 1983, this inc...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Karl Springer Incredible Embossed Crocodile Leather Scroll Leg Desk, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Large and impressive desk in 2-tone chocolate embossed crocodile leather with scroll legs and 2 drawers lines with moire silk by Karl Springer, American 1970's. The impeccable crafts...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Silk, Wood

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Pair of Rare X Benches with Python Seats, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of rare benches, X design in burnished steel with brass ball accents and seats upholstered in yellow and black python, by Karl Springer, American 1980's. The python seats are in...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

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 beautifu...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Animal Skin, Wood

Karl Springer Cocktail or Coffee Table in Gunmetal and Polished Steel, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Karl Springer cocktail or coffee table in gunmetal and polished steel 1980s In excellent, like-new condition, parsons style with smoked glass. Black oxide reflective finish with rare...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Steel

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 Furniture

Materials

Suede, Wood, Lacquer

Magnificent Pair Karl Springer Marbleized Blue Lacquer Lucite Table Lamps, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent and rare pair of Karl Springer marbleized blue lacquer and Lucite bubble table lamps, USA, 1970s. Retains Springer's original marbleized blue lacquered finish over three ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Chrome

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.
Category

Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Goatskin Coffee Table, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer Goatskin coffee table, 1970. Original.
Category

1970s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Glass

Karl Springer Brass and Gunmetal Coffee Table, Signed
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Two-tier cocktail table in dark mirror polished steel with brass accents, and original bronze glass. Classic Springer design with the expected high quality construction. Stamped sign...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Karl Springer Brass Lucite Ionic Column Table Lamp Postmodern Neoclassical Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous sculptural Lucite and brass neoclassical revival postmodern table lamp, circa 1980, attributed to Karl Springer. Lampshade in first image not included.
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1970s American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Dressing Table Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This iconic Karl Springer Art Deco inspired vanity make-up mirror dates to the 1970s-1980s and will make a definite statement with its form and use of materials. Note: One mirror ...
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Late 20th Century American Art Deco Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

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 Furniture

Materials

Metal

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Gun Metal and Polished Brass Fire Place Mantel by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Montreal, QC
Gun metal and polished brass fire place mantel by Karl Springer. Interior dimensions: H:39 L:46.5 in.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Metal

Karl Springer Pair of Table Lamps In Bronze With Ebonized Python ca 1972
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of meticulously crafted table lamps with ebonized python on all sides with bronze fittings and bone accents on tops by Karl Springer, American ca 1972. Springer was a master at ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Monumental Parchment Mirrors by Karl Springer, circa 1975
By Karl Springer
Located in Norwalk, CT
This is a very impressive pair of mirrors in excellent condition, designed and manufacturers by the noted designer Karl Springer. They come with authentication documentation. Measuri...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

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.
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1970s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stone

Karl Springer "Sculpture Desk Lamp" in Polished Chrome 1980s 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Sculpture Desk Lamp" in polished chrome with brass accents and 2 bulbs by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed "Karl Springer" on side). This lamp is a tribute to Springer’s metic...
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1980s North American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Karl Springer Pair of "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" with Up Lights, 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Matched rare pair of monumental "Dome Top Art Deco Mirrors" completely covered in beveled mirror panels with up lights inside dome tops by Karl Springer, American 1980's. These mirro...
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1980s American Art Deco Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

5 Brass "Bullet Floor Lamps" by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Desert, CA
For offer are a collection of 5 beautifully made brass uplights, known as "Bullet" Lamps, by Karl Springer. Slanted at the top, and with their original diffusers they wash light on t...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Pair Grasscloth Side Tables, 1970
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer pair grasscloth side/end tables, 1970.
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1980s North American Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Grasscloth

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Nude Leather "Tulip" Armchair
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Karl Springer nude leather Tulip armchairs. Signed with leather label, Karl Springer 1984. Four chairs total available.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

Set of Eight "Regency" Armchairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Dallas, TX
A wonderful set of eight "Regency" armchairs designed by Karl Springer in original lacquered lacewood.
Category

1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Karl Springer Tray Top End Tables
By Karl Springer
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning 1980's tray top two tier end tables with a single drawer by Karl Springer, well made with beautiful craftsmanship, in vintage original condition with minor wear and patina d...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Parchment Paper

Modern Sculptural Bench Clad in Scored Brown Leather by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern sculptural bench clad in brown scored leather by Karl Springer. 44" wide x 22" high x 18" deep, seat height of 16.5".
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20th Century American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather

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 Furniture

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Mid Century Lacquered Goat Skin Side End Table
By Karl Springer
Located in Countryside, IL
Karl Springer Mid Century lacquered goat skin side end table Table measures: 36.5 wide x 24.5 deep x 25.75 inches high This piece is available in what we call restored vintage condi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Goatskin Dining Table by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A amazing goatskin dining table design by renowned designer Karl Springer in the 1980s. The table it’s constructed of wood that’s covered in goatskin and then lacquered. The tops und...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Pair of Polished Steel Nightstands or End Tables Karl Springer 1980s
By Karl Springer
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of polished steel nightstands or end tables Karl Springer 1980s. Polished mirror stainless steel over wood. Glass tops. Single drawer. 22" to top of glass. 24" high overall. Pur...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Octagonal Mirror in Lacquered Goatskin, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Wall hanging mirror, octagonal with lacquered light goatskin in front of darker lacquered goatskin edge, with beveled mirror inside, by Karl Springer, American, 1970’s. The combinati...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Glass, Wood

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 Furniture

Materials

Bone, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Python Snakeskin Covered Game Table
By Karl Springer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is an early signed Springer creation. The " lid " is reversible, python when closed, or, with a backgammon board. The python colors are deep, variety and distinctive. The int...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Leather, Wood, Python

American Modern Tray Top Coffee Table, Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
Plynth motif covered in fine linen two tone glazed colorway -to- sample laquered sealed.
Category

2010s Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Linen, Wood, Lacquer

Karl Springer Cantilevered Mushroom Bench 1980s 'signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
"Mushroom Bench", cantilevered in polished stainless steel with upholstered leather seat, by Karl Springer, American 1980's (signed with Karl Springer metal label on bottom). A rare ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer Sculptural Molded Lucite Bench with Seat Cushion, 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural molded lucite bench with seat cushion by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This bench is ideal for a vanity. Reference: Karl Springer LTD brown paper catalog published i...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Lucite

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 Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Lacquer

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 Furniture

Materials

Brass

Karl Springer Faux Tortoise Modern Round Mirror
By Karl Springer
Located in West Hartford, CT
Elegant Karl Springer faux tortoise mirror with modern Art Deco look. Frame is perfect but there is a very small crack in the mirror at the very top where mirror goes under faux tort...
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Late 20th Century Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Tortoise Shell, Mirror

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 Furniture

Materials

Copper

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 Furniture

Materials

Lava, Metal

Karl Springer Lighthouse Tablelamp
By Karl Springer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
‘Lighthouse’ table lamp designed by Karl Springer. This cone shaped lamp is covered by Pale Blue Shagreen with brass details.  
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20th Century American Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Shagreen

Karl Springer Set of 8 Goatskin JMF Dining Chairs, 1980
By Karl Springer
Located in Chicago, IL
Karl Springer set of 8 goatskin dining chairs, "JMF", 1980. Chairs are Jean Michel Frank Model. Matching dining table in separate listing.
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1980s Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Lacquer

Karl Springer JMF Lacquered Goatskin Chairs
By Karl Springer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of tall back goatskin covered chairs with a high toned lacquered finish having a simple sophisticated elegant look . Produced in the 1970's this chair has stood the design tes...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin, Wood

Karl Springer Pair of "Telephone Style Tables" in Mint Shagreen 2002 'Signed'
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of exceptional “Telephone Style Tables” completely clad in mint shagreen with inset bone inlays around top and bottom shelves with brass castors by Karl Springer Ltd, American 2...
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Early 2000s American Modern Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of JMF Greek Key Tables w/ Lapis Goatskin Tops, Karl Springer Ltd
By Karl Springer
Located in Hollywood, FL
Pair of JMF Greek Key Tables with Lapis Goatskin Parchment Top- we are authorized representative for Karl Springer Ltd- We can sell off the floor amples or custom create your pieces ...
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2010s Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Goatskin

Set of Four Onassis White Lacquer Chairs by Karl Springer
By Karl Springer
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four "Jackie Onassis" chairs by Karl Springer, circa 1980s. Finished in glossy white lacquer and upholstered in a black leather with a slight surface texture. The chairs fea...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Wood, Leather

Original Karl Springer Chairs, Stainless Steel and Brass
By Karl Springer
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Original Karl Springer chairs, stainless steel and brass. Four chairs available. Three chairs have a cognac leather seat, one chair has a white vinyl seat. Chairs have not been poli...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Karl Springer Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Karl Springer furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Karl Springer furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Karl Springer collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. We have 476 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 10 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Karl Springer were created in North America during the 20th century in the modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Mastercraft, Charles Hollis Jones and Paul Evans if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Karl Springer furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$795 and tops out at US$120,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,500 on average.

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