Scandinavian designer’s stab at architecture makes’s ‘Craziest houses: 2013’ list

Published on Dec 27, 2013 | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

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In the 1950s, Jens Quistgaard — you know him from his work as chief designer at Dansk Designs for three decades — drew up plans for a seven-bedroom house built on a private lake in Armonk, N.Y., by his American business partner, Ted Nierenberg.

As you might expect, it’s a perfect showcase for Scandinavian furniture, tableware and cookware — vaulted ceilings supported by wooden beams, and a handcrafted wood spiral staircase — spectacular enough that half a century later it’s featured on as one of’s “Craziest houses: 2013.”

According to Curbed, the 7,100-square-foot home was completed in 1961, but went on the market for the first time in 2010, shortly after Nierenberg’s death. Originally listed for $7.5 million, 15 Middle Patend Road has been on and off the market since, most recently with an asking price of $5.5 million. Source: