Karl Springer (1931-1991) was a German-born American furniture designer and manufacturer. He started his career as an antiques dealer in New York City, where he was known for his discerning eye and quality craftsmanship. In the 1960s, he started designing his own furniture and accessories, which quickly gained popularity among high-end clientele. Springer's designs were characterized by their use of luxurious materials such as exotic leathers, metals, and lacquers, as well as their clean lines and timeless aesthetic. Today, his pieces are highly sought after by collectors and can be found in some of the world's most prestigious homes and institutions.