Pair of Bar Stools with Brass Foot Rests by Karl Springer
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Pair of Bar Stools with Brass Foot Rests by Karl Springer


These modern, curved high barstools complete with a pop of brass shine footrests are made of ebonized walnut. They have been reupholstered in off-white leather. Karl Springer emigrated to New York City in 1957. In the early 1960s, he opened his first small workshop, where he concentrated on high-priced furniture design from 1965 onwards. The Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson was enthusiastic about Springer's designs and recommended him to her circle of acquaintances. Diana Ross, Jackie Onassis, Frank Sinatra, and others soon became Springer's celebrity customers. His furniture had simple Art Deco- inspired shapes and was crafted from exotic and luxurious materials. He found inspiration in interior designers Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank. Other influences in his work ranged from the German Bauhaus to the African art of the Ashanti. To oversee the workshops Springertravelled a lot and was always on the lookout for new ideas, forms and materials.


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  • Period
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Newly refinished and reupholstered.
  • Dimensions
    H 42.5 in. x W 23 in. x D 19 in.H 107.95 cm x W 58.42 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seat Height
    31 in. (78.74 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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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.

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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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