Lovin' You

50 Years Of Mathmos Lava Lamps

Mathmos Mr & Mrs Craven Walker

Mathmos the makers behind the Lava Lamp are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

To mark this occasion Mathmos will be launching a Limited Edition gold Astro lava lamp signed by Christine Craven-Walker, the wife and business partner of Edward.

A new Heritage collection, using vintage colours and finishes in keeping with the Mathmos history, will also available to buy. 

This Is Your Life

  • Inventor Edward Craven-Walker invented the first Astro Lava Lamp. He was inspired to create the lava lamp from the design of an egg timer he saw in a pub in Dorset. He continued to work with lava lamps until his death in 2000.
  • Along with his wife Christine, Edward travelled the country selling lamps from the back of an ex postal van, named Smokey.
  • The Astro and Astro Baby were the first two lava lamps to be launched in 1963 and 1964.
  • By 1964 lava lamps were sold in Selfridges and Habitat.
  • Between 1965 and 1967, lava lamps made appearances in two episodes of Doctor Who and The Prisoner.
Mathmos Limited Edition Lamp
  • Linda and Paul McCartney featured lava lamps on stage with them, when they performed with their band Wings in 1968. As a tribute to Linda Sir Paul McCartney often performs on stage with a lava lamp.
  • Another Beatles member became a fan when Ringo Starr bought an Astro from a shop in Birkenhead near Liverpool back in 1969.
  • Mathmos would later go on to create a limited edition lava lamp for the release of The Beatles Love album in 2006.
  • David Bowie was photographed with a lava lamp in his recording studio in 1971.
  • Lava lamps were regularly seen in episodes of George & Mildred, Are You Being Served, The Sweeney, Carry On Laughing and The Good Life, in the 1970s.
  • During a scene in Superman II (1980), a bespoke lava lamp was featured in a hotel suite scene.

Some 50 years later and the wax formula used in the lava lamps still remains a closely guarded secret. To date Mathmos lava lamps sales have exceeded four million. 

Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp Heritage Range, Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp & Inventor, Mathmos Original Lava Lamp '1960s Astro prototype by the founder of Mathmos' HR.


Mathmos 50th Birthday Events

The largest lava lamp was on display at the Southbank Centre shop, inside the Royal Festival Hall 




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