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August 23, 2011

KARL SPRINGER WHO?

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Hello Tuesday! With much excitement we should be sending out our first issue of JAMIE LOVES today! So if you haven’t signed up and would like to, just look at the follow me box, and go from there!

Tomorrow we welcome VALORIE HART from THE VISUAL VAMP as our guest blogger!
Have a great day!
Love, Jamie

One of Modern furniture all time greats was KARL SPRINGER

KARL SPRINGER was one of the greatest contemporary furniture stylists of the 20th century.  His unique blending of sophistication and crudeness made his work the most sought after as well as copied durning the 1970′s and 1980′s.

One can still sense and appreciate his influence in the contemporary furniture now being produced. Today’s blog comes about, due to a table I just bought for a client, that is the perfect side table.

Karl Springer was born in 1931 in Berlin.  After the watt, he immigrated to New York and became the top window dresser at Lord & Taylor.  His ability to juxtapose pure forms and exotic finishes made

his work instantly recognizable.  His designs were at once both restrained and vivid.  His inspirations were my all time favorite, Jean-Michele Frank and Tommy Parzinger.

With the support of some of his good friends, he created his own line of desk accessories and small furniture and began selling it thorough Henri Bendel’s.  It was an instant success and he quickly opened a small atelier on East 52nd street.

Desginers flocked to his shop and were charmed by his personality and his work.  he soon started taking commissions for larger and more important pieces.  He developed a network of artisans with incredible skill in exotic finishes.

He always demanded the highest quality of materials and workmanship.

It was at this point that he met Mark Eckman, a young industrial designer specializing in Lucite furniture and accessories.  They immediately began collaborating, first on Lucite forms and later on metal,

goatskin parchment and exotic wood veneers.  Karl brought in his brother Joachim and the business expanded rapidly as news of his extraordinary furniture spread through the design community.

By the mid 1980′s Mark had joined the company full time and the showroom relocated to a 20,000 square foot penthouse on East 61st. Karl passed away in mid 1991, leaving an incredible design legacy.  

He was honored with a one man show at the New York School of Interior design.

Have a great Day!

Enjoy!

Love,

Jamie

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