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Wants & Desires | BDDW Stone Barns

Oct 27th, 2009 | Categories: Sean Sullivan, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams


Ahhh the urge to escape. It has crossed every New Yorker’s mind at least once…in the past week. The daydream of finding a little place upstate where you can live out your days watching the dogs run around the freshly mowed front yard. The Volvo doesn’t have to be moved before 9am and the neighbors all know your name, first and last. Well now you can not only have those two dogs and permanent suspension of alternate side parking, but could probably house every one of your friends while you’re at it. BDDW, a New York based furniture company, is packing up their Hudson River Valley headquarters and heading down to good ol’ Philadelphia, Pa. A move that leaves 147 acres of wooded relaxation up on the auction block. The property includes a 1500 square foot house, two gigantic stone horse barns and the aforementioned acreage. The asking price for the dream? A cool $1.9m. Having access to that clock tower alone is worth the price of admission in my mind. Bed & breakfast anyone? I already have the plans drawn up. —SEAN SULLIVAN

Comments: 20

20 Comments to “Wants & Desires | BDDW Stone Barns”

  1. Don Richman
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 4:50 PM

    I will take it! Haha. I love BDDW’s work. I actually posted a few of my favorites a few weeks ago.


  2. Jason H.
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 4:51 PM

    Nice place. Very bucolic. Beats living in an area whose name was made up by realotrs (tribeca etc) and having to look at idiot hipsters and “wall street” fools all day.

  3. karen
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 6:07 PM

    ill do the interiors. are they having a moving sale?

  4. Joe Zbar
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 8:45 PM

    Seriously, $1.9m is not that much. Imagine that same property in Australia and you’d be looking at $5m+. My mother was recently in Chicago and saw penthouse condos for sale overlooking the lake, and they were going for $350k!!! That buys you a studio apartment here, waaaayyyy out of town it might get you two bedrooms. Maybe. Anyone want to sponsor me for a green card?

  5. Karen Z.
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 8:48 PM

    Ick! Isn’t BDDW the overpriced furniture company that knocks off George Nakashima? At best they are just a fake Prada down in Chinatown at rip-off prices.

  6. Sean
    on Oct 27th, 2009
    @ 11:42 PM

    Karen Z – then it’s a good thing I wasn’t writing about their furniture but a HOUSE upstate they use a workshop.

  7. Eric P
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 7:26 AM

    BDDW guys take what nakashima did above and beyond to the next level. Karen Z -Have you been to their showroom downtown? It’s a real piece of heaven. Immaculate craftsmanship and engineering. I might take a bullet to have one of their credenza units

  8. bob
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 9:39 AM

    Any idea where they’re moving in Philly? I would suspect Manayunk. Nice to have another furniture store around I can’t afford!

  9. Turling
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 9:45 AM

    Why in the name of all that is good and holy would they leave there?

  10. Nick
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 10:15 AM

    Not fair! I was just about to post about this as well!

    It’s really perfect, isn’t it? I love the photo on the website where they’re working on their incredible dining tables in the riding yard.

    Always one step ahead … I’ll scoop you yet. Great post.

  11. brooklynboy
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 10:38 AM

    Please post the url for the property listing. This baby’s mine! Thanks

  12. Olive
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 10:45 AM

    Beautiful. Wish to have seen the interior.
    This is a kind of thing you will not see in the LA area.
    Two doors down from my place in Venice is sold for that price and it’s only a
    average 1940′s three bedroom house.

  13. Nick
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 11:26 AM

    And weighing in on the Nakashima vs. BDDW debate:

    I don’t quite see the problem, unless you view butterfly joints and natural edges as the sole property of Nakashima, Inc. Nakashima didn’t invent either. And if we’re talking proportion, very little that DBBW produces is comparable, and in terms of formal properties, nowhere do I see the iconic Nakashima conoid.

    In terms of material use, to my knowledge Nakashima seldom used metals, even in hardware, whereas BDDW uses bronze extensively, for major furniture components like table legs. Ditto leather.

    Nakashima did beautiful work, and BDDW is certain indebted to his legacy, as is almost any contemporary furniture maker working in wood. But unlike some who truly produce piss-poor copies, BDDW ‘s work has always seemed referential to Nakashima, not derivative.

  14. kungfu grip
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 12:01 PM

    ooffaa…nick breakin’ it down. we’ve been served.

  15. EHS
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 12:06 PM

    I seem to be a little confused. That is clearly not a 1500 sq foot house. It looks more like Stone Barnes itself, which is on Rockefeller property, I thought.

    That, at $1.9… I’ll take two, thanks.

  16. joeyjoejoe
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 4:30 PM

    EHS, read the post and look at the photos before posting about your confusion. The barns sale include a 1500 sf house (the black house in the photographs). If you followed the BDDW link, you would see that the barns themselves are over 30,000 sf.

  17. joeyjoejoe
    on Oct 28th, 2009
    @ 4:31 PM

    And Olive, go to BDDW’s site to see a few blurry/evocative interior shots.

  18. Janine
    on Nov 1st, 2009
    @ 2:26 PM

    I agree, $1.9 million is a bargain for such a large and idyllic property. Gee, a basic bungalow on a small city lot runs half a mil where I live. It’s probably been snapped up already, darn it all.

  19. F M Lee
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 3:43 PM

    What’s real estate tax & annual maintenance: water(city or well), electric, heat/hot water, waste disposal?

    Buildable acreage, wetland/inland restriction?

    Topology for easement, furniture factory licensing requirements?

  20. Michael Williams
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 3:45 PM

    Hey FM LEE — why don’t you call them?