Although created in 1963, the lava lamp became hugely popular in the 1970’s setting the mood for every man love palace. Invented by British accountant Edward Craven Walker who became inspired by watching liquids bubbling on a stove top at a pub.
The glass lamp consisted of blobs of colored wax treated with carbon tetrachloride to make its density higher than water. Once the lamp is heated with a 25 to 40 watt the real show begins with different colored balls of wax dancing around the glass vessel.
The new invention caught the eye of Adolph Wertheimer who bought the US rights for it and sold it as a Lava Lite. Edward Craven Walker kept the right for the rest of the world and now sells Lava lights under the company name of Mathmos.