1 of 4 images

Concave Bench in Vintage Color Goatskin in the Style of Karl Springer

About

Stunning contemporary concave bench in vintage color goatskin with polished top coat in the style of Karl Springer.

Details

  • Dimensions

    H 18 in. x W 17 in. x D 60 in.

    H 45.72 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 152.4 cm

  • Seller location
    Sag Harbor, NY
  • Reference number
    LU94093172482

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

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2012
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Contemporary "Metropole N.2" Bench in Shearling...

American Benches

Oak, Sheepskin

Stunning contemporary "Metropole N.2" bench in Shearling designed by MONC XIII and manufactured in New York.

NaN / item

T904 Bench by Gastone Rinaldi for Poltrona Frau...

Gastone Rinaldi

Italian Benches

Steel

T904 bench originally designed by Gastone Rinaldi with Shearling custom cushions. The structure is designed in tubular steel with a black finish. The seat is Minimalist, comprising a...

NaN / set

Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs in the Sty...

Marco Zanuso

Italian Armchairs

Bronze, Velvet

Stunning pair of 1950's Italian armchairs in the style of Marco Zanuso upholstered in silk copper velvet

NaN / set

Midcentury Italian Armchairs in the Style of Ic...

Ico Parisi

Italian Armchairs

Leather

Stunning Mid-Century Italian Armchairs newly re-upholstered in boiled Wool with Navy Leather and White Leather Piping.

You May Also Like
NaN / set

Pair of Leather Benches in the Style of Karl Sp...

Karl Springer

American Benches

Leather

A pair of newly reupholstered benches in the style of Karl Springer. Midnight blue leather.

NaN

Thick Lucite Mid-Century Bench in the style of ...

Karl Springer, Charles Hollis Jones

Acrylic, Lucite

Stunning Lucite bench in the Karl Springer. This beauty is a show stopper. We love the designer look and minimalistic design of Lucite. You can put it any where and it will not take ...

NaN

White Lacquered Rattan Bench in the Manner of K...

Karl Springer

Upholstery, Rattan

White lacquered Rattan Bench in the manner of Karl Springer, upholstered in useable vintage leopard upholstery.

NaN / set

Karl Springer Chic Pair of JMF Benches in Brass...

Karl Springer

American Benches

Brass, Upholstery

Pair of "JMF Benches" in brass with newly upholstered seats by Karl Springer, American, 1970s.

NaN

Sculptural Bench Clad in Scored Leather by Karl...

Karl Springer

American Benches

Sculptural bench clad in scored leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This bench can be re-lacquered any color to spec.

NaN

Vintage Brass "Waterfall" Bench by Karl Springer

Karl Springer

American Benches

Brass, Fabric

Amazing brass "Waterfall" bench by iconic designer by Karl Springer.

NaN

Mid-Century Karl Springer style Lucite Waterfal...

Karl Springer

American Benches

Acrylic, Lucite

Karl Springer was born in Germany but eventually moved to New York City to work as a bookbinder after his education in France. The height of Springer’s design fame came during the 19...

NaN

Karl Springer "JMF Bench" in Brass with Black L...

Karl Springer

American Benches

Brass

"JMF Bench" in polished brass with seat covered in black leather by Karl Springer, American, 1970s. This is and iconic Springer Design. Newly upholstered by Lobel Modern.