Karl Springer

Born in Berlin, Karl Springer (1931–1991) emigrated to the United States in 1957 and took a job at Lord & Taylor in New York where he began creating small decorative objects covered in fine leathers. His handmade designs quickly caught the eye of a discerning clientele and by the mid 1960’s he had his own workshop in New York, concentrating on furniture design. His business flourished after the Duchess of Windsor discovered his work and recommended him to her inner circle of society acquaintances.

His signature styles were classical Chinese and Art Deco, and he is credited with bringing back the popularity of shagreen. Shagreen, along with lacquered parchment, inlaid wood veneer, rare wood, metals, faux finishes, and granite, all became hallmarks of his pieces.

Today, Springer’s designs are sought after for their timeless appeal, seamlessly working alongside classical as well as modern and transitional decor.