'Spiky' N.Y. Mansion Built by Dansk Founders Listed for $5.5 Million (House of the Day)

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Nierenberg home, Armonk, NY

By Sarah Firshein

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 $7.5 million 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 $5.5 million.

Given the current obsession with this era of architecture, it's unclear why, exactly, the Dansk Lake House hasn't had any takers yet. Sure, the roofline is a bit eccentric-it "bears a resemblance to scales on a dragon's back," as Realtor.com puts it -- but the interiors are lovely, with gleaming wood floors, a massive brick hearth, vaulted ceilings, a stunning spiral staircase, and glass walls indulging the Nierenbergs' original aim to have "a house with a view, especially here since we have a beautiful piece of land," as Marsha told the Journal in 2010. That land, with a waterfall and gardens, overlooks a 10-acre lake.

This story was originally published on Curbed.

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