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Karl Springer

January 8, 2012

You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” – Scott Adams

There are so many amazing Designers who have influenced the current state of design and from whom we learn new things all the time.

Another one of our influences here at Keith Fritz is a renowned interior decorator and furniture designer whose designs were significant to interiors of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Though he isn’t perhaps as well-known as names like Eames or Saarinen because he came along a little later, Karl Springer’s work is still inspirational.
There are some designers whose style is so diverse it’s hard to isolate a telling feature that is consistent across their work. For others, their work is so similar and thematic that you can identify them immediately. Karl Springer’s work is unique because it is both! Springer created a huge body of work with a multitude of unusual and remarkable styles, shapes, patterns and colors, but within that huge body of work, many characteristics can be recognized. Much like Springer, Keith Fritz Fine Furniture is also influenced by a multitude of unusual but recognizable styles.

Keith is passionate about the style and design of his pieces. He is fluent in describing their classic or modern origins and inspiration, and he has the highest of standards for the types of domestic and exotic materials he uses to construct the furniture.
Likewise, Springer was known for his exotic and uncommon use of materials that he would partner with classic and contemporary shapes. He used wood, metal, lacquer and Lucite, but his most exotic pieces made out of leather, parchment, shagreen (shark’s skin!), horn or reptile skins.
He was also known for experimenting with several notable cultural and design styles, such as Art Deco, Asian and African motifs.