line | 50 Years of the Mathmos lava lamp | 2013 Celebrates the 50th Birthday of the lava lamp ...

2013 would see Mathmos celebrate 50 years of the Mathmos lava lamp invented by Edward Craven Walker in 1963. As part of the celebrations, Mathmos would launch an Astro Heritage lineup featuring anodised bases and caps with interesting colour combinations. Mathmos would also create a special limited edition 50th Astro lava lamp. As part of the celebrations Mathmos would create the world's largest lava lamp design placed at the Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall - Click to see the world's largest lava lamp. Enjoy the images below ...

line | Presenting: Restoring Crestworth Classic Lava Lamps... Astro, Astro Mini, Astro Lantern & Astro Nordic ...

Restore your vintage lava lamp design such as the Astro Mini with a new Mathmos Astro Baby bottle if your old bottle has come to the end of its life or if you fancy a change. Enjoy the images below of the Astro, Astro Mini, Astro Nordic and Astro Lantern with contemporary lava lamp bottles …

line | Presents: Mini Selection of Fantasia Fiber Optic & Glitter Lamps, Beautiful designs from the past.

Fantasia was a USA based manufacturer of some of the very finest fiber optic lamps. Fantasia created and offered models such as: Lovebug, Rainbow Bug, Comet, Fiesta, Tempo, Alpha, Galaxy, Star Lite, Firefly, Love Story, Trophy, Regency, Champagne, Celestial, Sprite, New Star, Omni, to name just a random few. Some of the more popular designs include: Firefly, Ecstasy & Centurion.

Key staff include George Stadnik, the amazing industrial designer and lumia artist behind products such as the Glitter Graphics and the Cosmic Window. Enjoy the images below, courtesy of Bob Chudy.


line | Fantasia Cosmic Window | A Unique Glitter Lamp Design

Cosmic Window by Fantasia, is a stunning vintage lamp designed by Fantasia to be one of the most beautiful glitter lamps ever created. Unlike other glitter lamps, Fantasia's Cosmic Window utilises the body of the lamp to accentuate the shimmering effect. Designed by Fantasia, this lamp takes, the wonderful concept of a glitter lamp to a whole new level.

Cosmic Window by Fantasia, is a stunning vintage lamp designed by Fantasia to be one of the most beautiful glitter lamps ever created. Below one can see bulb changing instructions. Image scan is kind courtesy of James Reiche and the product illustrations were created by George Stadnik, Fantasia's industrial designer.

line | Fantasia Glitter Graphics | Glittering Visually

Glitter Graphics by Fantasia is a stunning Fantasia glitter lamp series that featured beautiful artwork on the front of the lamp. When illuminated, the front would come alive with the glitter shimmering behind the image. Glitter Graphics just like the Cosmic Window, shows how Fantasia re-thought the way glitter lamps could be visualised. Which one is your favourite? We love the Unicorn and the Rainbow ... With special thanks to Anna Santana for imagery of her Aquarium Glitter Graphics model.

line | Presents the Auras Glow lava lamps designed in Canada by Ravi Shah

Auras Glow lava lamps are great candle powered lava lamps. They were first designed with a metal design holder which is put together via three metal parts connected via circular rings and complete with a solid chunky glass candle tea-light holder. The second edition features a radically new design that features the bottle held at the top, via a clear polymer holder the allows the bottle to levitate above the tea-light candle. Auras Glow was invented by Ravi Shah in Canada.

line | Australian Made Carramar Volcano Lava Lamps ...

Carramar was an Australian business who designed, manufactured and imported a wide range of lighting in Australia. Based in Mount Gambier in Australia, they also created their own lava lamp design named Volcano, which can be described as a collage of a Mathmos Astro lamp with a rocket. This lava lamp was manufactured in Australia, and below one can see some images of the bottle filling facility in their factory.

Early versions feature a three legged base and later models feature a cone shaped base. The bottle used in this design featured a groove in the base to accommodate the bulb inside! We really love these lamps. Enjoy the images below. With special thanks to George and Joel, for imagery.

line | Presenting a mini selection of Vintage Boiler lamps below ...

We at love vintage boiler lamps that were notably (but not only) manufactured in France in the vintage years. There are countless variations of these unique liquid lamps, that are normally fashioned from glass. These intriguing lights work on light bulbs to create stunning effects within, using interesting liquids that react to the heat from the light bulb. Very little is actually known about these mysterious intriguing lamps however one can see a mini gallery of vintage boiler lamps and styles below. Known manufacturers of these wonderful lights include F. Vaudan Paris, S. Vera of Clermont-Ferrand and Creations Artisanales M.U.C Paris.

There are multiple types of boiler lamps: Boilers, Boilers featuring Glitter, Fountain Styled Boilers, Bubblers, Lava Bubblers & Lava Fountains. There are also non-electric versions which are powered by hand. Most boilers are entire glass pieces manufactured delicately with scientific skill to create these stunning pieces, filled and then sealed at the top.

Most feature the bulbs which fit into the glass piece, however some feature specifically manufactured bases like lava lamps featuring light fittings. Some feature more exotic bases which give the lamp stability and character. Boilers often feature intricate glass designs such as spirals or indentations to the glass to fashion the liquid to move in a certain manner, however some have been seen which are purely cylindrical.

We would like to thank Alain-Noêl Dureysseit for kindly photographing his collection of vintage boiler lamps for


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