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Karl Springer Signed Lipstick Red Leather and Brass Cocktail Table, Dated 1984

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Buy this highly desirable, collectible, photographable, instagramable and incredibly sexy Karl Springer signed and dated (1984, the same year that brought us sixteen candles, Miami Vice and Footloose) cocktail table cladded in luxuriously supple lipstick red leather with brass trim inset into the smoked glass top. Did we mention yet this fine example is signed and dated? Known for his striking designs and use of exotic or luxurious materials, this cocktail table is an excellent example of Karl Springer's work. This expansively proportioned cocktail table has been wrapped with an eye-popping deep colored lipstick red leather, which emphasizes Springer's keen sensibility for luxury and admiration of high fashion. The corners of the surface are cut at a dramatic angle, which contrasts against the smooth round corners of the leather frame. The smoked glass top is edged with brass. Karl Springer's signature label can be found underneath the table along with the date 1984. This show stopping cocktail table would be a great addition to a Classic or contemporary living room as a coffee table, den, family room, man or woman cave, office or bedroom. It would also be an Apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements: 17" H x 60" W x 41.75" D Original condition. Original smoked glass top has minor chips and scratches but presents well, and can be replaced upon request, however is in good overall condition and is ready to be used immediately. Leather has scuffs and scratches throughout that add vibrancy and age (patina) giving it a high-designer look and feel.

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  • Condition Details
    Original condition. Ready to be used immediately. See description for more details.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 17 in. x W 60 in. x D 41.75 in.H 43.18 cm x W 152.4 cm x D 106.05 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU133028837823
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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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This dealer is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples o...

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