1 of 9 images

Karl Springer Pair of Two-Tier Thick Lucite Block Lamps 1970s 'Signed'

About

Pair of two-tier table lamps with solid thick clear Lucite block design by Karl Springer, American 1970s. Signed “Karl Springer” on bottom side. These are rare and exceptional table lamps. Overall height is adjustable.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 22 in. x W 8 in. x D 6 in.

    H 55.88 cm x W 20.32 cm x D 15.24 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    tablelamps356
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number
    LU78389415793

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Karl Springer (Designer)

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.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2003
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in New York, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
Sculptural Lucite Block Table Lamp in the Manne...
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
Sculptural Lucite block table lamp with polished stainless steel base and accents in the manner of Karl Springer, American, 1980s. This lamp is beautifully made.
Karl Springer Solid Lucite "Greek Column Table ...
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
Lucite
Large "Greek column table lamp" in solid Lucite by Karl Springer, American, 1980s. (Height adjustable up to 38 inches) Shade W+D: 14 inches.
Karl Springer Pair of Venetial Glass Wall Sconc...
Karl Springer, Seguso A.V.
Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Art Glass
Pair of &quot;Venetian glass wall sconces&quot; in black scavo glass with illuminating Lucite backs by Karl Springer, American, 1980s (signed on bottoms “Karl Springer”).  
Table Lamp by Karl Springer
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
Table lamp in lacquered wood and lucite with chrome hardware and original string shade by Karl Springer, American 1970's. This lamp is 9 inches in diameter. The shade is 19 inches ...
You May Also Like
Karl Springer Lucite Table Lamp with Brass Shade
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
A rare Karl Springer table lamp. Lucite with polished brass shade. Included original receipt, from 1980.
Pair of Karl Springer Floor Lamps
Karl Springer
American Floor Lamps
Steel, Lucite
A glamorous pair of lamps by the iconic designer - Pulls and finials are original.
Bronze Spherical Lamp by Karl Springer with Din...
Karl Springer
American Table Lamps
Bronze
A bronze spherical lamp by Karl Springer with Dinanderie decoration and original shade. Some loss to Dinanderie decoration.
Pair of Lucite and Chrome, Art Deco Style Floor...
Karl Springer
American Floor Lamps
Chrome, Lucite
Very unique pair of Lucite and chrome floor lamps in the manner of Karl Springer. The pair features stacked Lucite shafts, with Lucite cylinders encasing the chrome interior shafts. ...
Rare Pair of Scavo Coroso Murano Glass Lamps fo...
Karl Springer, Seguso Company
Italian Table Lamps
Murano Glass, Brass
Scavo Coroso Murano glass lamps with brushed brass hardware by Seguso.
Exceptional Pair of Rougier Designed Acrylic Ta...
Roger Rougier
An exceptional matched pair of Rougier designed acrylic table lamps Canada, late 1970s Rougier stamp on each base Prices include 10% VAT which is removed for items shipped outs...
Large Pair of 1970s Lamps
Robert Thibier
Rare and elegant pair of large lamps, heavy brass and perspex. With a system of three positions of lights. Quality made and design circa 1970.  
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Signed, 1970s, ...
Gabriella Crespi
Italian Table Lamps
Brass, Plastic
Marvellous pair of Table Lamps in brass and plastic, signed by the Designer.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries