Mathmos Lights and Lava Lamps

Mathmos Lights and Lava Lamps

May 8, 2007

Ever wonder what the inventor of the Lava Lamp is up to these days? Not unlike that other 60's British import, the Rolling Stones, Mathmos just won't quit -- and they've managed to keep the novelty lighting thing technologically and aesthetically relevant.

These days they're into LED and computer chip-controlled lighting, and many of their new products are fun, attractive options for adding functional or mood lighting to a room or party.

Our hands-down favorite is the mystical Airswitch, pictured here (and blogged by AT:LA a while back), which is bright enough to use as a reading light. The lovely thing is that it's controlled with a gesture: you float your hand over the top (perfect for a sleepy bedside lights-off). Shaped intriguingly like a beaker full of vapor, Airswitch costs $85 with shipping.

Alan Rincover's Bubble adds a tactile dimension to cordless lighting. It's made of silicone and squeezes on and off. Great in clusters. $75, shipping and tax included.

The Aduki (named after the bean) also caught our eye. Like a cross between Candela and a mood ring, it charges up like a cell phone, nestles into the palm of your hand and fazes through a range of colors on contact. $60, shipping and tax included.

Mathmos's other products include pendant shades, votive light holders, and yes, lava lamps, all at novelty item prices.

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