The Lava Lamp: Any Truly Groovy '60s Pad Had One. Did Yours?
By | January 19, 2018
In the ultimate groovy pad, the lava lamp is a must. The beanbag chair, the hand chair, the macrame owl, a poster by R. Crumb -- there are lots of pieces of furniture and decor that take us back to that era but nothing quite like a lava lamp. Shaped like a rocket, it seems to run on space-age chemicals (even though it doesn't), and it's trippy and hypnotic -- the lava lamp combines the optimisic futurism of the early '60s with the psychedelic haze of the late '60s.
The First Lava Lamp
Lava Lamps were first invented in 1963 by a British accountant named, Edward Craven-Walker. Oddly enough, his inspiration came from, of all things, an egg timer. This particular egg timer had been a homemade project fashioned out of a glass cocktail shaker filled with liquid. The egg timer, which was used in a local pub, was sitting on a stovetop bubbling when it caught his eye. It intrigued Craven-Walker and the wheels started turning.