The Moon Landings

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings in July 1969.

This incredible event inspired people the world over. Musicians like the 1960s British band the Tornadoes to create their hit instrumental ‘Telstar’. Fashion designers like Spanish designer Paco Rabanne who created the outrageous space inspired outfits for the cult classic film, Barbarella, which in turn inspired our name “Mathmos”.

Edward Craven Walker the founder of Mathmos was also influenced by man’s adventures in space; our original Astro lava lamp base shape is inspired by a British design for a space shuttle.

We often use space-inspired product names for our products such as Galaxy, Eclipse and Lunar to name a just a few from the past, watch this space for a great new product with a space-inspired name coming this autumn.

Inspired by Lava

Fashion, Tech & Craft are all inspired by lava right now;

lava lamps inspired wallpaper for Apple IOS

The new Apple iOS 13 update features new wallpapers that are inspired by lava bubbles in 4 different colour variations.

lava lamp inspired trainers from Nike

Nike’s react presto ‘Psychedelic Lava’ trainers launched this month and are inspired by the trippy flow of lava lamps, with the orange parts referencing the heat source. Other nods to lava include the popular Nike lava leggings.

Lava lamp inspired artwork by Anthea Hamilton

The Volcano table by Anthea Hamilton featured during London Craft Week. This lava inspired table is made from blown glass and limestone tiles and can be found pride of place in the Lowe store in New Bond Street, London.

Mathmos at the Barbican

Astro in the Barbican

The Barbican centre was built between 1965 & 1975. We think this iconic brutalist construction is a great setting for our classic 1963 Mathmos Astro lava lamp. More info/buy

Mathmos Space Projector at the barbican

Space Projector in the Barbican

The Space Projector features in the Squish Space sensory environment for children designed by artist India Harvey currently in the Barbican Arts Centre in London.

Upgraded Space Projector

mathmos space projector with LED bulbs

LED Bulb * New *

The Space Projector is now fitted with an LED bulb which offers several benefits; it runs brighter (now 230lm lumens), the surface temperature is greatly reduced, the power consumption is halved, the lifetime of the bulb is vastly improved and the new crisp white light shows off the moving liquid colours to their best advantage.

We believe in pink

Mathmos pink lava lamp


“Pink is now having a ‘cool’ phase: It’s hip, it’s androgynous, it’s strong.”

Valerie Steele author of “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour”

Did you know?….

Neo violet pink lava lamp
Neo violet pink lava lamp
Audrey Hepburn quote - I believe in pink

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

Recondition / Refresh / Reuse

mathmos lava lamps - Recondition, reuse, repair

Mathmos Lava Lamps are for Life – Not just for Christmas

We make our iconic lava lamps to last – not for landfill. Recondition them with spares, refresh them with new bottles. Then sit back and enjoy … and remember in the unlikely event that you do tire of your Mathmos lava lamp there is always a healthy demand for our collectible lava lamps. Click here to buy spares.

mathmos lava lamps - bulbs

Recondition with New Bulbs

If you are lucky enough to have a 1960s original we now have bayonete bulbs to fit. If you are reconditioning a 1990s lamp, we stock the SES fitting you are looking for. If you are replacing a more recently bought lamp we have bespoke Mathmos bulbs that produce just the right amount of heat and light you need.

Buy a few and take advantage of the 30% discount. Click here to buy bulbs.

mathmos lava lamps bottles

Refresh with New Bottles

Fancy a change; buy as new colourway and change the look and feel of your lamp. Mathmos lava lamp bottles last longer and run clearer than others but they do degrade over time. A new bottle will rejuvenate your Mathmos original. Click here to buy bottles.

Mathmos supports the proposed “Right To Repair” rules

“The new rules will benefit the environment and save resources.”
Libby Peake from the think tank Green Alliance told BBC News.

mathmos lava lamps - right to repair

Barbarella’s Birthday Giveaway

Mathmos lava lamps - Barbarella

Mathmos is named after the bubbling lake of lava under the city of Sogo in the cult 1968 film Barbarella. To celebrate 50 years since the release of the film we are giving 20 lucky winners the chance to win a lamp of their choice.

Please spread the word by liking and sharing our posts on social.


Pretty Green x Mathmos 2

Pretty Green x Mathmos lava lamp 2

The second collaboration between British fashion brand Pretty Green and Mathmos; inventors of the lava lamp. We have created two new variants of Mathmos’ classic astro lava lamp in a limited numbered edition of 400 pieces.

Numbered Limited Edition

Mathmos’ only limited edition this year. The edition is strictly limited to 400 pieces. Numbers 1 – 200 are blue/orange and 201-400 are blue/pink. There is a numbered gold sticker on each box.

Hand Drawn

The box is hand drawn in house at Pretty Green and is inspired by the graphic art of 1960s psychedelia. This year’s box weaves in the limited edition message and unique numbered sticker and is updated with the two new colours for 2018.

Made in Britain

The glass bottles are blown and etched in Yorkshire. The remainder of the lamp is made in Dorset; the metal bases parts are hand spun, the bespoke boxes printed and at the Mathmos factory the bottles are hand filled, tested and packed.

*New* Telstar now in Black and Copper

A new finish for the classic Mathmos rocket shaped lava lamp; cast metal legs with a high shine copper finish contrasting with a matt black spun aluminium body.

mathmos telstar lava lamp box - barbarella

New Box

This version of Telstar comes in a great new gift box inspired by 1960s graphics from the cult film Barbarella.

30% Accessory Discount

Take advantage of the 30% accessory discount on bulbs and bottles when you buy a lamp.