His handmade work was discovered by a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman, where he began to attract an appreciative clientele. By the early 1960s he was able to open his own small workshop and soon began focusing on furniture design. The Duchess of Windsor discovered his work and his shop began to gain wide attention. Many years later he laughingly said, "Once I was discovered by the Duchess and her circle, I probably could have gone on making little leather phone tables forever, but you need a challenge."
He became the sole owner of Karl Springer Ltd., with showrooms in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo and additional outlets in Munich and Chicago. He worked with many materials, often exotic ones, to create custom-made contemporary furniture.
He insisted on high quality work from the craftsmen who implemented his designs. Coupled with an unerring sense of scale and proportion, along with attention to detail, his work was respected throughout the design industry.
|Free form coffee table|
|Pewter-finished game table|
|Goatskin console table|
|Python skin telephone table|
|Lucite bar cart|