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Pair of Karl Springer Cerused Oak Dowelwood Chairs

$19,500per set

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One of Karl Springer's rarest and most desirable designs, this gorgeous pair of cerused oak "dowelwood" lounge chairs sport down-wrapped cushions newly upholstered in thick, natural 8-ply silk, circa 1975.

Details

  • Creator
    Karl Springer (Designer, Workshop/Studio)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Depth: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-WovenSilk,CerusedOak
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Very good condition. Some fading to wood finish on cushion platforms, unseen with cushions in place. Freshly upholstered in 8-ply natural silk.
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU809712196203

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: North Miami, FL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Karl Springer (Workshop_studio)

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
4.6 / 5
Located in North Miami, FL
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Established in 2004
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