Karl Springer
two lamps, 1960's

1. shagreen over metal, brass
2. python, wood, brass

"Mr. Springer was born in Berlin and came to New York in 1957, bent upon becoming a bookbinder. Given a job at Lord & Taylor, Mr. Springer put the skills of bookbinding to use to create small, decorative objects covered in fine leathers and skins, developing new methods as he went along. His handmade designs caught the eye of a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and soon began to attract a discerning clientele.

He managed to establish his first, tiny workshop in the early 1960's and started concentrating on furniture design in 1965. His business flourished after the Duchess of Windsor came across his designs and praised them to her many acquaintances."

taken from nytimes.... here.