Dansk Lake House: A Midcentury Gem Built by Noted Tableware Designer

Photo by: Zillow This midcentury-modern Scandinavian-style home sits on a private 10-acre lake in North Castle, N.Y. Dansk designer Jens Quistgaard created the 7,138-square-foot home with a focus on total privacy and spectacular lake views.

Late Danish industrial designer Jens Quistgaard's exotic wooden bowls, elegant stainless-steel flatware and enameled steel pots helped define the Scandinavian Modern style for postwar Americans. But the designer's talents extended beyond dinnerware, as seen in this midcentury-modern residence he created in 1961.

The home was commissioned by Theodore and Marsha Nierenberg, founders of tableware company Dansk Designs, for whom Quistgaard served as chief designer for three decades. Set on a private 10-acre lake, the home's façade makes a dramatic first impression with its folding-plate roof.

If the somewhat harsh exterior doesn't invite you in, you may find the interior more appealing, where exotic wood finishes, four cozy fireplaces and vaulted ceilings create a serene yet airy atmosphere. Plus, the home's vast walls of glass overlook of the lake, waterfall and exquisite gardens cultivated on the property for more than 50 years.

About the House

Patio: New York Dansk Lake House
  • Location: North Castle, N.Y.
  • Listed By: Brian Milton of Houlihan Lawrence
  • Price: $5,500,000

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