Moe honeycomb lighting: The full line, from a 1968 catalog, plus 4 hilarious room shots

1960s moe light honeycomb pendant lightI just scored a 1968 Moe Lighting catalog, and it is 102 pages of sheer beauty. Peoples: If you are not keeping your eyes open and wallets stocked with just a little extra something for the most fabuloso vintage lighting that you can get your hands on, well, then, I feel bad. Because there is probably no feature that can have the biggest impact on the sparkly-ness of a home than lighting. I myself am guilty: The light in my dining room is a piece of inexpensive whatever that we hung in there when we first bought the house 10 years ago. I am ashamed of myself. This is going on The List tout suit. Today, from my 1968 catalog: Moe’s complete Honeycomb line, including the new-for-’68 cranberry-pink … and 5 rooms shots sure to make you smile bright as a tangerine-gold pendant.
Vintage Moe honeycomb lightingI do not know when Moe introduced this style — perhaps reader Greg can tell us, I first saw this lighting in his Los Angeles house:

mid-century-modern-home-in-los-angelesHere’s how the catalog describes the line:

Vivid honeycomb … Moe Light’s exclusive expression of creative lighting at its finest.

moe honeycomb lightsThe photo above: From a fantastic time capsule house first chronicled on Vintage Las Vegas. I also archived the image in my vintage lighting slide show.

Moe honeycomb lighting in cranberry pinkIn 1968, the catalog says, the Cranberry-pink was introduced. The blue is called “Emerald-blue”. The gold: Tangerine-gold.

moe light honeycomb cranberry pink hallHere’s the room shot — a hallway, it appears. It’s … interesting … to see this light paired with rustic furniture, wall paneling, and look: the door has wrought iron. I think we are seeing seeds of the Mediterranean Casa de la Torquemada look. Not a scene in which we might expect to see this thoroughly modern light — just goes to show that they mixed it up plenty back in the day. Or else, the Moe interior designers were doing magic mushrooms. 1968 and all.

blue sewing room with vintage lightsMeanwhile, back in suburbia on the planet Earth, this is the Mrs.’ blue sewing room. Yes, this room would tempt even me to give it all up for a band of gold. There’s a lot going on, so don’t lose the lights: There’s a blue honeycomb pull-down in the foreground, and honeycomb-trimmed can lights in the ceiling near the stairs. The catalog says:

Every homemaker’s dream… the woman’s studio … smartly designed and accented with emerald-blue honeycomb lighting styles.

can lights with blue Moe honeycomb trim

You gotta love this. Does anyone recognize the artwork?

vintage moe lighting in a bedroomThese photos are always such a gas: Look closely, the bed is set into a nook; the nook is upholstered in the same fabric as the bedspread. There also is a light bar back there.

Moe lightingThe wall sconces are particularly snappy, don’t you think?

Moe honeycomb pendantsThe pendants, too. And these are so NOW. I can imagine many a lighting company introducing them today — with fanfare like they were their idea.

track for a pull down pendant lightThese “celing tracks” are wicked cool. They “let you move fixtures up to six feet.” You could use them like a swag, or there was hardware included to hard wire them.

Remember: I have been told that pull down lighting is no longer to code; consult with a professional, please. And: Vintage lighting should be rewired.

1968 moe lightNow here’s some 70s going on. These lights are insane. Luv.

There are a bunch of other drop-dead gorgeous lights in my 1968 catalog. I’ll try to get them up soon. But you know me. Always distracted by the next little pretty.

  1. Janepaints says:

    Those wide eyed child paintings are by Margaret Keane. During their divorce, her husband at the time, Walter Keane, claimed he was the artist, and filed for the rights to all the paintings. The case went to the Federal level, where Margaret ended up painting a canvas in front of the judge, proving SHE was actually the artist who produced all these works. Walter claimed he couldn’t paint for the judge because he has a “sore shoulder.” The judge awarded all rights to Margaret. Now you know!

  2. NINA462 says:

    That pull down lamp is exactly what I’m looking for! And I love the sewing room – I have a sewing room/office that I wish would look so neat & put together!

      1. Nina462 says:

        I did notice that – but thought it wasn’t wall art…she’s probably working on a sewing project and didn’t want to lose part of the pattern. 🙂

  3. Jay says:

    I think you threw that last picture in just to see if everyone was awake and paying attention. Eww, ick! I was getting flashbacks to the hideous chandelier that hung in my dining room when i bought the house – the curlicues and swirling sculptured light arms. Thanks for sharing, old catalogs and ads are neat!

    1. Robyn says:

      My grandmother, too. The house was originally built and occupied by my Aunt & Uncle so I guess they had the fine taste first. Wish I’d taken it out when she sold the house (I also lost out on a Nelson bubble lamp which my cousin trashed during his college years. Ouch.)

  4. Sarah says:

    Ceiling tracks are not always so cool when you have them. I hate hate hate mine but mainly cause I think it looks like something straight out of Pizza Hut 1987, maybe I need to save up and get one of these suckers.

  5. Karen says:

    my church has similar lights in hallways in 1960s built ‘the new church’. : ) a real blast from the past, not replaced since they are in out of the way hallway behind sanctuary. Yes, dust catchers!

  6. 52PostnBeam says:

    I have the largest, pyramid shape one seen at the bottom of the catalog page of the emerald blue collection (the pic w/blk background in this story), w/the little teak knob underneath. It was shipped badly from the eBay seller I got it from and the glass disk cracked as did the lamp shell. I glued the shell back together and finally found a replacement disk the right size. The honeycomb effect is achieved with brown paper on the inside which is quite fragile. It’s literally just paper, sprayed or lightly coated with shellack. The light has a three way switch & three bulbs. I have nowhere to put it really, but can’t let it go because it’s too cool!

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