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Karl Springer "Rain-Drum" Side Tables in Polished Steel and Marble

$15,595per set


Stunning pair of "Rain-Drum" side tables designed and manufactured by Karl Springer LTD. The tables are in excellent original condition, the metal us in excellent original condition, the tops are nicely polished and are in excellent condition. These tables are quite rare since they usually were made out of copper since copper is easier to spin and shape, these samples however are made steel and polished to almost mirror finish (currently they have more of a matte finish". The tables can easily be used as coffee tables with a larger marble top. Measurements: 25" diameter x 19" high. If you are coming to our show room to see a piece please call ahead of time because due to our large inventory some items are available by appointment only. All of our sales are final, no refunds, no exchanges and no returns no exceptions.


  • Creator
    Karl Springer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Diameter: 25 in. (63.5 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    PolishedCut Steel,Marble
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The tables are in excellent original condition.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU88171834382

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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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.

About the Seller
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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