brutalist lighting from 1969

I recently acquired a big catalog of Moe Lighting from 1969, and I am going to be showcasing the different collections. I find many of them “amusing” and at first glance, “tacky.” But you know me — give me enough time to absorb the aesthetic and soon enough, I’m in luv. Take the chandelier above. It was only a few weeks ago that I learned about brutalist style. So now I can slot this lighting design right into that movement… kinda combined with Mediterranean, I’d say — and appreciate the combo totally. Hey, I’d put it in my house! Click on through for the entire section of “Contemporary Lighting” from the 1969 Moe Catalog — including some super favorites: Honeycomb and Mosaic.

moe-lightingWe first saw the Moe Honeycomb lighting, above, in Granada Hill Greg’s house — be sure to see that story, it goes all the way back to the early days of the blog, June 2008. Granada Hills Greg is a neighbor of LA Leslie. Remember how we helped her and husband Aaron win the contest that got their “Kramer House” named the “favorite residence in LA?” This lighting sure is gorgeous — the colors are called Tangerine-Gold and Emerald-blue.

1969 lighting Across the page from Honeycomb is the Fiesta, above. “Vibrant Fiesta… Moe Light’s response to the refreshing trend toward colors. Deep color bars form brilliant contemporary mosaics,” the catalog says. Note the little R-254 near the bottom left. That’s a tube-ish that attaches to recessed can lighting. The same basic design is available for the Honeycomb. Can you imagine!

1969 pendant lightingThis style of pendant light is popular and available again today. Check Rejuvenation.

1969 lightingThis family of lighting (there is a second page in the gallery) is called “Lancelot.” As if King Arthur and Guinivere and the gang are about to dine, perhaps? Tee hee.

1969 french contemporary lightingBefore I serve up all the photos in a slide show — and yes, there are more! — I had to showcase this one, above. It is being called “modern” yet reflecting the “robust romanticism of Florence.” Morever: Note the Monstera Deliciosa in the background. The quintessential mid century modern house plant — again!


To view the gallery, click on the first thumbnail … the image will enlarge on your screen … use the arrows below to move forward or back … you may start or restart at any slide:

Categories1960s 1970s Lighting
  1. Geronimom says:

    Ahh… I would kill for that emerald blue honeycomb pull down above my dining room table! And here I thought I was satisfied with my turquoise barn lamp. How ya’ gonna keep me down on the farm now, once I’ve seen “Paree”?!

  2. Scott says:

    I have the M-2350-30 Parasol of vivid fiesta shade. I bought it at a flea market about 7 years ago for $30. Wonder how much it is worth? It’s been sitting in my basement wrapped up in a towel.

  3. Gavin says:

    In my childhood home we had a doorbell. It was a black box with wrought iron and a fiesta style front. Has anyone ever seen one?

  4. Greg says:

    Hi Pam,

    I have one of the lights pictured here and I’m curious about it’s approximate value — as I am considering selling it. It is the white pull-down Lancelot with the Aurora Borealis crystals. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Greg, we don’t do valuations here. Note: I am told the pull-down mechanism is no longer to code, consult with a properly licensed professional.

  5. Michelle says:


    where can I purchase and look at Moe Lights creations???

    regards Michelle (Melbourne)

    1. pam kueber says:

      vintage. watch ebay like a hawk. i usually feature great NOS in my daily carousels.

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