Karl Springer (1930-1991) was a German born, French educated, New York City based designer and manufacturer of luxury furniture and accessories. He established his first workshop in the early 1960s and began concentrating on furniture design in 1965. He is known for his lavish interpretations of Art Deco lines and the use of exotic skins and materials. His signature styles range from French Art Deco to Asian and African motifs. Karl Springer designs were executed in wood, metal, lacquer and lucite. Many of his pieces were covered in leather, lacquered parchment, shagreen, horn, or reptile skins. Springer is credited with reviving the use of shagreen, the rough skin of an Asian shark, which was a popular fabric of the 1920s.
Karl Springer is synonymous with quality. He demanded attention to detail and uncompromised craftsmanship. The juxtaposition of pure forms and exotic finishes make his work instantly recognizable. His unique blending of sophistication and crudeness made his work one of the most imitated during the 1970s and 1980s.
CIRCA WHO has SOLD Karl Springer and Karl Springer inspired pieces that were impressive enough to cause the experts to wonder, “Is that Springer?”.
CIRCA WHO FAB Finds!
Springer Inspired Faux Goat Skin Lacquered Credenza
Springer Inspired Octagonal Mirror
Whether it is a bone covered piece by Karl Springer or a bone covered piece inspired by Karl Springer from Colombia, it is sure to be FAB.
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IN A LIVING ROOM…
Alligator-Leather Cocktail Table via The Detroit News
Tusk Console via FD Luxe
Game Table via Elle Decor
IN A BEDROOM…
Side Table via Elle Decor
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