Spotlight on a Designer: Karl Springer

Karl Springer was one of the most influential New York based designers of the 20th century. He is known for his high fashion furnishings and use of striking, often exotic materials. His flair for novelty produced shagreen covered tables, Venetian Murano glass fixtures, lacquered parchment and goatskin coupled with inlaid-wood veneers, metals, faux finishes, and granite.

Born in Berlin he emigrated to the United States in 1957 where he began his career in bookbinding. Upon his arrival he began developing a line of leather accessories. Bergdorf Goodman soon took notice of his craftsmanship and started selling many of his handmade items in their Fifth Avenue flagship. His unique designs inspired by the glamor of 1920s French Art Deco were a hit with the uptown scene and became highly sought after by the New York elite.

On this wave of his success, Karl Springer opened a small studio in the 1960s. He started concentrating on furniture design in 1965 and was one of the most sought after contemporary designers until his death in 1991. It is said that the designer was a favorite of the Duchess of Windsor, garnering him many high end admirers.
Over the years Showplace has purchased and carried many of Karl Springer’s most iconic designs and finishes, including; free form tables, tessellated mirrors and consoles, cantilevered side tables, heavy lucite items, and more.
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