Karl Springer Banker’s Coffee Table Covered In Cream Colored Shagreen, Circa 1980’s


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A Karl Springer Banker’s coffee table covered in cream colored shagreen
circa 1980’s 1
height: 18.25 in. 46.5cm, width: 54 in. 137 cm., depth: 36.5 in. 93 cm.

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  1. Mr. Springer worked with many materials — often exotic ones — to translate pure, classical shapes into contemporary, custom-made furniture, light fixtures or Venetian-glass objects. He was the president and sole owner of Karl Springer Ltd., with showrooms in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo and additional outlets in Munich and Chicago.

    His signature styles were classical Chinese and Art Deco, the latter inspired by his predecessors Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank. Other influences seen in his creations ranged from the Bauhaus of Germany, his native country, to the Ashanti of Africa. Craftsmen around the world implemented his designs and he traveled widely to oversee the workshops and to scout for new ideas, forms and materials.

    Mr. Springer was credited with reviving shagreen, the rough skin of an Asian shark, which had been popular as a fabric in the 1920’s but had fallen out of favor. He brought the use of lacquered parchment back into furniture manufacture as well and also worked with inlaid-wood veneers, rare woods, metals, faux finishes and granite.

    Mr. Springer’s quest for high quality imbued his work with a sense of scale and proportion. He demanded attention to detail and uncompromising craftsmanship, which won him respect throughout the design industry.

    His business flourished after the Duchess of Windsor came across his designs and praised them to her many acquaintances.

    “Once I was discovered by the Duchess and her circle, I probably could have gone on making little leather phone tables forever,” he told an interviewer two years ago, laughing. “But you need a challenge.”
    New York Times Dec. 6, 1991 https://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/06/nyregion/karl-springer-60-a-designer-of-classic-and-exotic-furniture.html

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