Q: I would like information about an “Irwin Interior Decorator Set” I have had since I was a kid. It’s a set of unassembled dollhouse-size furniture made of interlocking plastic pieces that came with cardboard panels that fit into plastic frames to make rooms. The box says, “Decorate your own dream house.”
A: You have a decorating set made by Irwin Toy Ltd. of Toronto. The sets were introduced in 1964 and were advertised in House & Garden magazine. Sets were made with interchangeable interlocking parts that the company claimed could be assembled in 1,001 combinations. The furniture could be used in dollhouses, but it was designed to help adults decorate a room. The scale is 3/4 inch to 1 foot, not the slightly larger scale of 1 inch to 1 foot used in dollhouses. Sets were made with different pieces and could be assembled to make furniture for different rooms. A 1964 Irwin Interior Decorator Set with more than 160 pieces, booklet and box sold recently for $65.