Hot or Not? Vintage Irmi

We came across some vintage Irmi lamps on Etsy recently and couldn't decide if it was pure nostalgia or aesthetic value that made us take a closer look. We usually steer away from anything too saccharine, but there's something about their folksy innocence that we find charming. What do you think - best left at the thrift shop or worthy of a renaissance?

We recall seeing Irmi lamps and switch plates in rooms of children we babysat in the '80s though the company (sometimes sold under the name Nursery Plastics) was perhaps most popular in the 60's and 70's. The best information we could find about Irmi's (interesting) history is here in a post by the Baby Gardner.

Interested in buying some vintage Irmi? Ebay and Etsy are two good sources (the lamps we saw were in Sweet Lilly Studio) as is an online shop called Turtle Creek Interiors. On Etsy and Ebay try seaches for "Irmi" or "child lamp" or "vintage wood lamp" as not all sellers recognize them as Irmi's.

If you'd just like to reminisce a bit, take a look at the In Love with Irmi Flickr group which has some really cool ones.

(images 1: JHerrmann, 2 & 5: Sweet Lilly Studio, 3: Zelles Attic, 4: Kimaroo.)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.