Mathmos Lava Lamps 00s to Now
Mathmos lamps have a appeared in many photo shoots over the years. Some of our favourites are the series of images shot by the famous photographer Rankin for Dazed and Confused magazine, images by French photographer Philip Jarrigeon, those for How To Spend It magazine and for London’s Peanut Factory Studio.
For our own more recent London photo shoots we have chosen great buildings such as The Barbican Centre, Second Home London Fields and Ravensbourne University.
We currently focus on our International eCommerce rather than London shops. But watch this space for our new factory shop.
We have had great London shops; Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility designed the interior of the Mathmos’ Old Street showroom. We also had a boutique store in Covent Garden designed by Carl Turner Architects .
Exhibitions & Museums
Mathmos lamps are cultural icons and have featured in many exhibitions and museum collections. These are a selection;
Mathmos partnered with Poole Museum for “Light Up Poole: event with Mathmos lava lamps having the window, a lava lounge and trail through the museum. In London at Harrods’ Design Icons exhibition, which then travelled onward to the Design Museum. The largest lava lamp in the world at The South Bank Centre for our 50th anniversary. Permanent collections of the The Museum of The Home and The V&A.
In Berlin at the Light Festival and Live From Earth Festival, in Hamburg in the Museum fur Kunst and Gewerbe, in the Vitra Design Museum. In the Cooper Hewitt Museum New York at the Zurich Design Museum and in Norway’s Vitemeir.
Our lava lamps often show up in recording studios and on the sets and in the videos of different musicians. Here are a few from this millennium; the tour and video for the Stereophonics hit “Handbags and Gladrags”. Keane music video “The Journey”. On sets of Tom Speight, Kelly Jones MC Fitti. A limited edition in celebration of the release of The Beatles’ “Love” album. Lava La Rue performance for The Face and Converse. Live from Earth x Scopes event Berlin.
TV shows about Mathmos our history and manufacture include; The Discovery Channel made a film of Mathmos lava lamp production for the “How Does It Work” series and the manufacture of our lava lamps also featured in ITV’s Made in Britain series.
Mathmos lava lamps regularly appear in TV shows, here are a few;
UK; Louis Theroux, Crackerjack, Taskmaster, Big Brother, Sky Arts, CNN, ITV This morning, Q.I., The Graham Norton Show, Chris Ramsey Show, Sky Arts, Top Gear, Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, The Gadget Show.
2022 Rokit & Evo & Baby Magma
We launched Rokit, a new much requested rocket shaped giant lava lamp. Also an elegant full sized candle powered lava lamp, Evo. We partnered with The Serpentine Gallery to create Baby Magma by artist Jenna Sutela.
Rokit – Evo – Baby Magma
2020 – 21 Astro Vinyl & Saturn
Mathmos’ new take on the classic astro inspired by vinyl records launched with a collaboration with British heritage turntable brand Rega. The biggest production line lava lamp ever made, Saturn launched. Limited edition lava lamp pin badges are made with historic badge manufacturer Fattorini.
2019 Pod & Pod +, Giant iO
Mathmos launches new candle powered products Pod and Pod +. We also launched a new giant lava lamp iO developed with Jonathan Coles studio.
Pod & Pod+ – iO – Pin Badges
2017 – 18 Pretty Green Limited Editions
Two sell out collaborations with fashion brand Pretty Green. The first launched in London design week with a display in Carnaby Street.
2013 – 16 Giant Lava Lamps
For our 50th birthday we installed the largest lava lamp in the world in London’s South Bank Centre. Mathmos lava lamps also returned to Selfridges, our first major stockist in the 1960s as a giant lava lamp is installed as part of the Anya Hindmarch display in the new David Chipperfield accessories hall.
2009 – 2013 Fireflow, 50th Anniversary Edition, Smart Astro
We launched the first candle powered lava lamp ever in 2009, Fireflow. Christine Craven Walker, former wife and business partner of our founder created a limited edition. We briefly launched an LED colour changing astro.
2000s LED Products & Airswtich Range
We designed and manufactured a range of award winning kinetic LED products such as bubble and aduki. We also invented a way of turning on and of brightening and dimming a lamp with the wave of a hand. These products were discontinued when we decided to focus on developing its premium lava lamp range.
2000 Fluidium by Ross Lovegrove
Fluidium a new lava lamp designed by celebrated designer Ross Lovegrove. Now out of production.