Keilhauer Goes Retro to Celebrate its 30th

Sunday, November 13th, 2011 - Modern Interior

by Staff | Friday, November 11, 2011

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Steve Keilhauer, vice president of product development, in full 80s regalia with Circle Design’s Michelle Bradley who designed Keilhauer’s New York, Toronto and Chicago showrooms.

In celebrating the 30th anniversary at its mid-town New York showroom, Keilhauer went back in time to the 1980s. 1981, to be exact, when the Toronto, Ontario-based company was founded.

Decked out in colorful rayon dresses, Madonna-inspired lace and leather outfits, mullet wigs and teased-to-the-max hair, guests took the 80s theme and ran with it. Many sang, danced and got tattooed to the decade’s most popular songs by Depeche Mode, David Bowie and Journey, to name a few of the retro hits played by the DJ.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

The two presidents strike a pose: Interior Design‘s Mark Strauss and Mike Keilhauer.

The party’s aura of carefree fun prompted many guests to crowd into a small photo booth (with or without standby props of  big blond hair, yellow sunglasses and feather boas) to pose in groups of twos and threes. The 21st century was on hand, however, to instantaneously transfer the photos into a slide show displayed on a huge screen to one side of the 8500-square-foot showroom. One group, after seeing their photos on screen, celebrated by putting on an impromptu dance show. They proceeded to bump and grind to “What a Feeling” from the quintessential 80s movie “Flashdance.” Not surprisingly, more from the crowd joined in. There was definitely an 80s feeling of letting it all hang out. In fact many did… and they had a blast.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Jackie Maze, vice president of sales and marketing for Keilhauer, in an 80s-inspired print.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Rick Keilhauer, vice president of manufacturing, with his wife Michelle.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Interior Design‘s associate publisher Carol Cisco and glass designer Gregor Herman, in front of his installation for Keilhauer’s New York showroom.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Keilhauer’s Sandy Stolzman and Marilyn Maxim.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

Guests squeeze into one of the party’s various attractions: a tiny photo booth.

Keilhauer 30th anniversary

To the delight of many, a slideshow of photo booth results flashed on screen for all to see.

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