Friday, November 29, 2013

Karl Springer Style Petite Telephone Tables

Two more petite KS tables.

Just finished these two custom orders.

KS Petite Table covered in gray/blue whip snake.

KS Petite Table covered in cream/yellow whip snake.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Karl Springer Chinese Console Redo

Karl Springer Chinese Style Console Covered in Basket Weave Linen Gets a Face Lift.

I recently refinished a Chinese style console table that was in a very poor condition.  My first thought was to strip the console and recover it.  After close examination, I decided that removing the old linen would cause more harm then good.  Instead I opted to repair the linen, then repaint and antique.  I wish  I had thought to take before pictures.  All I can say is it was bad!  All four legs had cuts and dings; the top had rings where heavy items had sat for so long that when they where removed, it took the paint off.  The color was a very dark cinnabar with a black antiquing.  Unfortunately the antiquing was so dark that it masked the cinnabar color.  The table now sports a Caribbean color as it is destined for the Florida Keys.

Chinese Console in Basket Weave Linen
Sporting Its New Color - Caribbean Blue

I will be sure and post more photos of this table once it is placed in its new home, and I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, it was such a gray day.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Karl Springer Style Tall Telephone Table Covered In Ostrich Hide

Pictures are of a tall telephone table in the process of being covered in leather and then the finished results.  

Covered in ostrich leather.

Custom made to order KS Table size 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" x  22" tall.
This table is the same size as table shown above, only covered in bleached white snakeskin with natural markings; going to the same client as the ostrich table.

Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Top 25 Superchic Side Tables According to Architectural Digest

I currently have my KS Petite Telephone Table featured on Architectural Digest website.  Check it out!  MAKING IT INTO THE TOP 25 SUPERCHIC SIDE TABLES 


KS petite telephone table, poplar wood covered in genuine snakeskin, finished with a high-gloss lacquer, shown in bleached white, available in a variety of patterns and colors, 12.5" w. x 9" d. x 17" h., from $1,500.,607-329-6384

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Marilyn in Malachite

The Hourglass Table, I call it my Marilyn Table (after Marilyn Monroe and her hourglass figure).

I love using this beautiful Robert Allen, for Dwell Studio, malachite print fabric on this table.  The hourglass style has a lot of surface area which really helps to show off the pattern play of this fabric.

A word on the hourglass design, it's been around forever, but lately its been showing up everywhere.  My first encounter with this style was back in the 70's at the Karl Springer workshop. This table style lends itself to ample surface for showing off rugged leathers or snakeskin, which is what was in the offering back then. In fact, an hourglass table, covered in leather, is pictured in Karl Springer's Gramercy Park townhouse, Architectural Digest, January 1977.

Karl Springer's sitting/guest room, circa 1977.  Wow!
 Looks so current, proving that good design never goes out of style!

What's Hot

My table as shown in ELLE DECOR, What's Hot section, July/August 2013, page 36.


Designer Eileen Johnson pays tribute to 20th-century French master Jean-Michel Frank with her elegantly simple JMF Petite side table. Measuring 17.5" h. x 12.5" w. x 10" d., it is also available in custom sizes. The piece can be covered in any linen or cotton, and is finished with lacquer. Covered with Quadrille's Zig Zag, shown, it costs $850. 607-329-6384;

ELLE DECOR, July 2013

Table in the process of being covered.  Photo taken
in my workshop, April 2013.

This is the same table fitted with casters.  Love the look with the casters!

Restoration Project

Original Karl Springer designed lamp from the 70's.

The lamp base and shade was originally covered in a rust/brown snakeskin.  Over the years the snakeskin became very brittle and was crumbling apart.

Lamp base covered in snakeskin.

Shade with deteriorated snakeskin.
In the process of being stripped.

Salvaging the original covering on a Karl Springer piece is always preferred but the hides on this lamp could not be saved.  Since the shade and base were still in good condition, a recover job was in order.  After stripping the lamp, I recovered with python snakeskin in Pantones 2013 color of the year, Emerald Green.

Lamp is available through storefront Solo Modern on 1st Dibs.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seeing Spots!

JMF Table covered in Les Touches fabric.

Not the greatest photos but couldn't resist showing you how cute this table looks.  It's my JMF Petite Side table covered in the fabric "Les Touches" by Brunschwig & Fils, in blue on white.

Jean-Michel Frank inspired table covered in Les Touches fabric.
Jean-Michel Frank inspired table.

Table will be finished with several coats of clear lacquer and casters will be added to complete the look.  This table is my stock size, but this was a custom order for a interior designer.