Tasteful Friends; Midcentury Modern Home Built For the Dansk Founders
Location: Armonk, N.Y. Price: $5,500,000 The Skinny: When Theodore and Marsha Nierenberg, founders of the Scandinavian tabletop firm Dansk International Designs, needed to build a house atop their scenic, 22-acre slice of land in Armonk, N.Y., they knew just who to turn to: Jens Quistgaard, Dansk's chief designer, who was game for the task of putting his signature kitchenware aside for a moment to, well, design a house. The 7,100-square-foot structure was completed in 1961 and first put on the market for $7.5M in June 2010, the year after Ted's (as he was known) death. His widow has been trying to sell the place ever since, listing, de-listing, and re-listing the seven-bedroom creation again and again; most recently, for a much-reduced $5.5M.
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|by Pictures at link||reply 37||05/04/2013|
Too crazy looking. It looks like a house for a new age cult.
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For a man who built his fortune on kitchenware, shouldn't his house have a kitchen?
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Wonder what it costs to heat a place like that, with all that glass?
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I like the interior, but the exterior looks like it should be a church, an auditorium or some other kind of public building.
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Wow, that's a tear-down for sure!
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She'd have no trouble selling that wonderful piece of land, if she'd just tear down that monstrosity first.
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Beautiful! Love all the warm wood,looks like a well loved home...as opposed to the decorators showcases we're always seeing. There's also a lot to be said for your own waterfall! Reminds me of the F.L.W. "Falling Water" home from the film North By Northwest .
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It's a beautiful home in a truly gorgeous setting.
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Looks like a rest stop on the autobahn.
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Agree with R4, it looks like a church meeting hall, somewhere the AA group get together then have to tidy up before the holiday parade committee come in.
Lovely setting, I like some of the interiors but some of it needs to be de-timbered. Natural surfaces can be warm and this place looks like it's been well built but too much stained pine can look like a 1970s autobahn lunch stop. I've seen worse, I've lived in worse.
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I like much of it, but that roof is awful.
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[quote]Reminds me of the F.L.W. "Falling Water" home from the film North By Northwest .
It is NOTHING like those homes. Thats like looking at a White Castle and saying it reminds you of Notre Dame du Haut.
The roof, while making an interesting interior does make the exterior look like a suburban church or professional building. The lower floor's traditional brick exterior totally does not match with what is happening above. The Baroque style doors are completely out of place. I'm assuming this is staging furniture because it is really cheap and ugly and is 100% wrong for a house like that. The tribal masks scream, "I was a bargain at a flea market circa 1992." The bath is interesting, from what little we see.
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R3 The problem is not in heating that place but in cooling it in the summer.
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I've run into more than a few dumb, uneducated know-it-alls who all shared the last name "Nierenberg". Is it a genetic personality defect?
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Don't hate it. Like a lot about it. Maybe a bit too open.
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I can't imagine the cooling season being nearly as long as the heating season, though the heat gain from all that glass in the summer is probably atrocious.
Probably $1000 monthly bills in high summer and deep winter, ya thank?
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I think it's a mistake to classify this as Mid Century Modern. To me it looks like they drew heavily from traditional Scandinavian architecture and the ceiling/roof line is very much like the ship's hull style ceilings used in old Swedish churches.
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I agree R19. It really doesn't qualify as mid century modern. It was built in 1971 which I think tends to be a little too late for that stylist period.
R18 at 7100 sqft, $1000 a month would be a bargain. Built in the early 70s it probably does not have the thermal break windows and also electric heat was popular then. I have a friend who lives in a house half the size, a little older, huge floor to ceiling windows all over and his gas bill (which is cheaper than electric) is over a thousand every month from November to April. He told me the utility bills are more than the taxes, and his home is on the Jersey Shore where taxes already are crazy.
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stylist period should be stylistic period
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I like it, but then I like to see lots of hardwood in my real estate porn.
Although I don't like the bedrooms. For some reason, it looks like someone plopped a couple of beds into a corridor.
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Too much wood and hard surface in the bedroom.
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That house is stunning. I'd change some things but I hope no one tears it down and builds another nouveau riche supersized McMansion or somethng like the monstrosity of a Tom Brady/Giselle Giraffe house.
I'm not fond of red brick so I'd do something with the fireplace - maybe a wall of slate. Also the roof lines look like one of the Dansk bowl designs. Speaking of which why aren't there any Dansk products in the kitchen?
I have that blue bowl in the link. It was my mom's.
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I love it, a nice surprise that it's not actually the overused words 'midcentury modern', which I typically don't care for. I wouldn't change much, love the quirky exterior's multi-peaks and the vibe is wonderful. I could move right in, with new bedding...
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Love the inside of the place, but those peaks on the outside would take getting used to.
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I like it overall but that staircase is probably the only place you can have sex without offering a free show for all.
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Maybe I saw In Cold Blood one too many times as a kid, but living in that house would scare me to death. I would always think someone is out there in the woods hiding, watching, waiting for their chance to come in and slit my throat.
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I would be dead on the ground by the mailbox on the road at the end of the driveway after having opened up my utility bill.
My eyes would have Xes over them, and my mouth would be screwed up into the shape of a dollar sign - $.
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Love it, but it would need a heating element in the roof to prevent snow buildup on parts of the roof.
Armonk was traditionally IBM headquarters.
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I think the real expense would be getting somebody out there to clean all those windows.
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Looks like a Norwegian Denny's.
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Agree with R19. Journalists are so lazy now, they just reach for whatever the hot terms is. If it was build between 1940 and 1970 it MUST be mid century modern.
|by Pictures at link||reply 35||05/04/2013|
This mountain retreat is neither Midcentury nor Modern. Discuss.
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Has it ever been used for horror film locales? The ornate bathroom doors are something I wouldn't want to dust. They didn't show what was on the lower level.
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