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Pair of Tessellated Bone Veneered Dining Chairs, 1970s

$7,808.14per set

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A pair of tessellated bone veneered carver dining chairs with scrolling arms and sabre legs and completed in a deep purple wax upholstery, designed by Enrique Garcel for Karl Springer, 1970s. Karl Springer established a tiny workshop in Manhattan and started concentrating purely on his furniture designs in the 1960s, taking inspiration from pure, classical designs and translating them into custom made furniture. He demanded the highest level of materials and workmanship using wood, lucite and metals, often customizing pieces for specific clients. His signature furniture styles were Art Deco, classical Chinese and Bauhaus and he travelled extensively constantly looking to discover new forms, techniques and materials. He experimented widely with exotic finishes including lacquered parchment, shagreen, rare woods, leather and horn. Set of 6 available

Details

  • Creator
    Karl Springer (Fashion House),Enrique Garcel (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Width: 23.04 in. (58.5 cm)Depth: 21.07 in. (53.5 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Refinished.
  • Seller Location
    Donhead St Mary, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: L92031stDibs: LU5069117557681

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About the Fashion_house

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 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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