50 years of Mathmos


Above: Mathmos 50th anniversary limited edition Astro lamp

For the past fifty years Mathmos has been creating its iconic lava lamp. During the London Design Festival (LDF), Mathos will be celebrating continuous production in Britain since the first Astro lamp in 1963.

During the LDF a commemorative limited edition gold adonised version of the iconic Astro lava lamp will be available at Aria, with a ‘Made in Britain since 1963’ stamp and numbered certificate.


Above: Mathmos Heritage collection

The new Heritage range will also be available in new colourways inspired by vintage colours and finishes from the brand’s fifty year history: gold, matte black and electric blue.


Above: 1960s Astro prototype by the founder of Mathmos

The first Astro lava lamp was designed by Edward Craven-Walker, an eccentric inventor who developed the design based on an egg timer he saw in a Dorset pub. Craven-Walker went on to found Mathmos and the lava lamps have been made continuously in Britain ever since.

The aluminium bases are spun in Devon, and bottles are made in Yorkshire before being hand-filled in Poole, Dorset, where the idea originated.


Above: Visual demonstrating the world’s biggest lava lamp

To coincide with the 50th Anniversary celebrations during the London Design Festival, Mathmos will install the world’s largest lava lamp at the shop in Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre and display previously unseen photographs that tell the story of Mathmos over the past half-century.

Watch the movie below that shows the production of a lava lamp form start to finish:

One Response to “50 years of Mathmos”

  1. Steph September 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I LOVE MATHMOS and all its creations.