lavalamphistorymenu | 1974 Lightshow Earls Court London Please see slide below.

Crestworth Ltd- sole inventors and manufacturers of the genuine “Astro Lamp” will be displaying a complete range of their decorative table lamps and the available colour combinations. The demand for the Glitterlite range of lamps continues to increase. Last year we displayed our Galaxy and Phantomlite lamps, our introduction into the fascinating realm of fibre optics.

The Galaxy with its patent unit containing the sharp glass fibres in complete safety has been in great demand, with its tens of thousands of fibres, artistically arranged to create a sea of light, gently changing from one vivid colour to another. This year we will be offering the Phantomlite, with the choice of fibres, ranging from the plastic fountain-like spray with its twinkling fairy-light effect, to the sprays of glass fibres. All models in our fibre optic range change colour automatically.

We anticipate being in a position to exhibit some new table lamps in the realms of modern lighting and effects. Although our export programme is very substantial we will be interested in receiving enquiries from all parts of the world. We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our new modern premises at Poole. | Crestworth Crystalite | 1975 The Brighton Lighting Exhibition Please see slide below. | Crestworth Telstar | 1976 Argos Catalogue Scans Please see slide below.

Crestworth's Telstar lamp was a distinctive Crestworth product that was extremely popular in the vintage years.

The images on the left show a page scan from a 1976 UK Argos Catalogue. Telstar was Crestworth's most affordable lamp and extremely popular, especially in export markets. Although, Telstar was designed to be the most cost effective to purchase, Telstar had all the hallmarks of Crestworth's excellent design and manufacturing.

Telstar was offered in both copper and silver finishes and featured all of Crestworth’s liquid formulations. Telstar could be purchased with Astro liquids, to produce the beautifully mesmerising Astro shapes and patterns (as seen on the left in product no: 1). Telstar also shipped with slow moving glitter (Glitterlite, as seen on the left in product no: 2) and fast moving glitter too. Telstar offered a wonderful design featuring a flared base that offers the lamp stability and beautiful design. Thank you to Paul Meade for kindly donating the 1976 Argos Catalogue Scans that display Crestworth’s Telstar product in copper featuring Astro liquids and silver featuring Crestworth’s shimmering Glitterlite liquid formulation. | 1977 Brightshow Lighting Exhibition Please see slide below. | Crestworth Twiggy | Strike A Pose Please see slide below.

Twiggy is described as "THE SENSATIONAL ALL-PURPOSE LAMP" in a vintage Crestworth Brochure. Think of any situation where a flexible all purpose lamp could be used, then think of Twiggy. Twiggy is one of the rarest Crestworth models. Very few have ever been seen. A copper version and a silver coloured version have been seen. Flocked examples have been seen in the various colours: Green, Orange, Grey and Pink.

Twiggy is essentially an all purpose lamp with extreme functionality as you can keep on constantly changing the position and the form of the lamp by adjusting it. Recently a Crestworth Twiggy surfaced for sale from the owners of the legendary retro store Flying Duck that traded in London UK. Thank you to Carolyn for the images below and friendship. The images below show Twiggy in a selection of different poses. Strike a pose. | Crestworth Galaxy Please see slide below.

Crestworth's Galaxy is a classic Crestworth product, distinctively beautiful, breathtaking yet technically superior than anything on the market at the time. Featuring glass optics preserved under a darkened polymer dome, this lamp creates a statement unlike no other.

Crestworth's Galaxy is the perfect piece next to any vintage Crestworth lava lamp. We love the colour range of these pieces. Crestworth’s fibre optics continued their legacy of beautiful ambient lighting. The Crestworth Galaxy is simply stunning. Thank you to George Roussos for kindly donating photos of his Crestworth Galaxy complete with the original perspex stand for | Crestworth Flowerlite Please see slide below.

Crestworth's Flowerlite is one of the many Crestworth fibre optic lamps designed and manufactured by Crestworth. Featuring glass optics presented as flowers rotating in a darkened plastic showcase. This is one of the rarer Crestworth fibre optic designs and is rarely seen.

Mathmos in the 1990s Please see slide below.

The 1990s was a time of reinvention and rebirth for the lava lamp. Cressida Granger & David Mulley approached Edward Craven Walker, the inventor of the lava lamp and took over the running of the Crestworth company. The second era named Mathmos relaunched the original lamps and created a second era of success. Crestworth Trading became known as Mathmos, named after the bubbling force in the cult 1960s film Barbarella. A name that is very much suited to Mathmos and the attributes of the lava lamp. The amazing floorstanding Lunar lava lamp can be seen in the image below and this earlier photography showing the Lunar in a beach setting is a creative way to display such a stunning floor standing piece. New designs such as Telstar and Lunar were created, Mathmos also introduced other lighting concepts such as aromatherapy lamps such as Sputnik and beautiful fibre optic lamps such as Jupiter 2.

Lunar priced at the high end of the market, was the ultimate mainstream lamp of the 1990s with an rocket inspired form. Lunar also has a smaller sister product known as Telstar, a table top design originally introduced in a wide range of beautiful anodised colours. In the early 1990s two new Rocket designs were launched by Mathmos. Lunar as seen in an early promotional image is a stunning floor standing design, featuring bottles seen in alcoholic beverages and beautiful polished bases and caps.

Lunar became a cult Mathmos product and a stunning piece of Mathmos' history and legacy. Lunar is immortalised in the photography below where the models give the appearance they are about to take off or just land.

Lunar's form was draws inspiration from the rockets seen in Tintin comics and the beautiful photography capture it perfectly below.Today, Lunar is one of Mathmos' most desired products and is a tribute to the 1990s and the success of the era.

Sputnik featured a space age design like so much of Mathmos' items and was offered in three anodised colours and is a charming rare Mathmos product to find today. Jupiter 2 featured the optics cleverly placed under a polymer dome to protect the fibres and extend their life. Jupiter 2 is perhaps one of the best fibre optic lamps of its era and a reflection of the earlier Crestworth's Galaxy product. Many of Mathmos' products were inspired by Crestworth's creations. Astro was modernised with a silver finish, Astro Mini became Comet and then the wildly popular Astrobaby. Over the 1990s, Mathmos became a powerhouse of ambient kinetic lighting. Today Mathmos are leaders in ambient and kinetic lighting.

Mathmos Graphics and Lava Lamp Toppers - Astro Baby, Glitter Baby & Mathmos Man Please see slide below.

In the later 1990s, Mathmos introduced vibrant graphics and characters for their iconic lava lamp range. Various characters were turned into lamp toppers which allowed one to remove the lamp's exterior metal cap and place on a lamp topper. Three designs were offered: Mathmos Man for Astro bottles, Glitterbaby and Astrobaby for thinner bottles.

Welcome to Mini Index, a site dedicated to the history, heritage and nostalgia of the Original Mathmos Astro Lava Lamp. Created by Anthony Voz. Thank you for visiting