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4 Brass "Bullet Floor Lamps" by Karl Springer

US$3,000 per item

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For offer are a collection of 4 (one fixture has sold) beautifully made brass uplights, known as "Bullet" Lamps, by Karl Springer. Slanted at the top, and with their original diffusers they wash light on the wall and upwards. The slant is a functional while adding to the style of the lamps. We have a total of 5 and they are $3,000 each. These Bullet Lamps came out of a home in Honolulu, Hawaii that contained numerous original and unique Karl Springer items. They were originally bought in 1983 from the Karl Springer Los Angeles Showroom for the home in Honolulu. We have copies of these receipts and will provide them with the purchase.

Details

  • Creator
    Karl Springer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.75 in. (34.93 cm)Diameter: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1983
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Lamps have been polished.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU797726692862

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: Palm Desert, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Karl Springer

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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