Many of the brightest stars in the Toronto A&D firmament glittered at Nienkämper’s golden jubilee party,
held across the street from Nienkämper’s King Street East showroom, on the 17th-floor party room of the
Globe and Mail Centre. On the lineup for Klaus’s book signing, Stella McTernan, of her eponymous interior
design firm, reminisced about her days as a junior designer at Rice Brydone while specifying furniture for Petrocan
headquarters in Calgary (now the Suncor Centre), completed in 1984. “The client asked why so much
furniture was being ordered from just one firm, a Toronto company called Nienkämper,” McTernan recalled.
She replied, “Because they make the best furniture”—and they still do.
Photo credit: David Lasker