KARL SPRINGER, GERMAN 1931–1991
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. Using his meticulous skills, he began crafting desk accessories wrapped in leather. These pieces were sold in luxury stores like Bergdorf Goodman. His chairs, tables, credenzas were simple but substantial and often with rounded lines. His pursuit of fine materials and old world finishing techniques gave his pieces their unique appeal. By 1965, he had established his own atelier in Manhattan. By 1991 he had showrooms in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Munich.