www.wikilava.com | Presents The Iconic Astro lava lamp | The World's first lava lamp design in the World | Introduction

If there is one lava lamp design that is the most iconic lava lamp in the world, it is the Mathmos Astro lamp. Seen in the opening graphic below, it is the iconic lava lamp and the world's very first lava lamp design. The Astro lamp was designed and invented in Great Britain by Edward Craven Walker, who manufactured it under his company named Crestworth. Now Crestworth is known as Mathmos, and they still manufacture the iconic Astro lava lamp in Great Britain.

A British inventor, Donald Dunnett believed that if time could be measured with sand in an egg timer, that the same could be achieved with liquid and set out to create an object that was patented as a display device. Today his invention is often invisible, but it was the seed of the idea that would inspire Edward Craven Walker to develop the Astro lamp. Edward Craven Walker imagined a new form of lighting that would present two interactive liquids that would capture the imagination of the people of the 1960s and the 1970s. The lamp became a worldwide success and is widely regarded as an icon that is a definition of the ethos of its time. This colourful flowing bubbling lamp has been presented in endless colour combinations over the decades such as Ruby-Rose, Violet-Orange and Blue-Blue over the years, to name just a few.

The secret of the success was the ability to make the base liquid to solidify upon cooling, and upon much experimentation, in 1965, Crestworth was able to create a product that could easily be able to be shipped. Before then, Crestworth experimented with different ways to keep the liquids separate such as providing the base liquid in a tube, which would emptied by the end user.

Whilst the construction of the Astro has changed over the years, and the finishes have changed, it remains in its iconic form and holds its timeless lines. Mathmos manufactures its Astro and Astro Baby lava lamps in the United Kingdom and every single Mathmos lava lamp contains Mathmos' specialist lava lamp formulations that is universally regarded as the very best in the world. Later Crestworth Astros use the same bottle design as current Mathmos Astros thus making bottles easy to replace. Earlier Astro lamps use a different bottle and thus require a manual refill. Please see the Electric Blue Astro lava lamp below followed by a mini Mathmos timeline and photos of Mathmos lava lamps through the years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christine Baehr for her kindness and donating such an amazing array of photography and material to the www.wikilava.com archive. I'd also like to thank a wonderful array of people who have kindly donated information or photography to us, with special thanks to: George Roussos, Bohdan & Patti Rudy, Craig French, Jeff in California, Planet 72 Auctions.

www.wikilava.com | Vintage Advertisements for the iconic Astro and the Astro Mini lava lamp designs.

Below one can see vintage Crestworth adverts for the Astro and the Astro Mini (now known as Astro Baby), the world's first lava lamp designs. These wonderful hand drawn, line-art advertisements show the lava lamp designs in a myriad of different places from the home to the bar. We especially love the artwork that shows the Astro lamp near the television set. The second design by Edward Craven Walker was the Astro Mini which is still in production today but known as Astro Baby. Astro Mini can be refreshed by using Astro Baby bottles. The sleek beautiful timeless design of the Astro Mini, features the timeless lines of beauty with a beautiful copper finish.

These ads saw the light of day once again in 2013, and were printed on the packaging of Mathmos' 50th Anniversary Astro, which was limited to 500 pieces. Enjoy the images below ...

www.wikilava.com | Crestworth Popular Range ...

Below: One can see a page from a vintage tradeshow booklet that shows the Crestworth popular range. From Left to Right: Astro, Astro Nordic De Luxe, GlitterLite Nordic De Luxe, Astro Lantern and Astro Mini. Which one is your favourite?

www.wikilava.com | Presents the Early British "Astro" lava lamp range: Astro Lantern

Below: The Astro Lantern, beautifully finished in a copper polished anodic finish was the most costly table top design to purchase in the vintage years due to its complex build and polished metal parts and assembly. Below, Astro Lantern can be seen with a Mathmos Yellow/Red bottle. However, in the vintage years, Crestworth shipped in Starboard and Port colourways as a nautical inspiration to the product's form.

www.wikilava.com | Presents the Vintage British Crestworth Rocket "Princess" Rocket lava lamp design

Crestworth also produced a giant Rocket lava lamp design for promotional and special events such as tradeshows which is often referred by collectors as the Princess lamp. Featuring an all-liquid specialist formulation, this design is simply beautiful to watch and is one of the most beautiful lava lamps ever created in the world. Princess uses a liquid formulation which makes it so much faster to start up and is simply amazing and dazzling to watch.

www.wikilava.com | Astro Mini - Simple Elegance - Styled for International Appeal

Below: Astro 'Mini' - Simple Elegance. Will enhance the attractions of any room - has the clean, handsome ageless good taste. Perfect for table settings and as a decorative piece for all occasions. So graceful! - Ideal for use in pairs. Smart copper finish to metal parts. Colours to choice. Height 16" Base 4"

www.wikilava.com | Iconic Designs from Crestworth's Range ... Cosmos

Below: Often simply described as Nordic, the Cosmos is a beautiful Nordic design that features a pedestal style base that elevates the Nordic bottle design upwards and is seen below with the Autumn Leaves Glitterlite bottle and other colour ways. This particular design is often seen in France and other European countries.