Sabine Marcelis unveils new burgundy Lava Lamp

Sabine Marcelis designs a new burgundy Lava Lamp for Mathmos, her second design for the brand, initially imagined for the designer's VitraHaus interiors and available as a limited edition from October 2024

Sabine Marcelis' design for a burgundy lava lamp
(Image credit: Pim Top)

Sabine Marcelis and Mathmos unveiled a new burgundy Lava Lamp, their second collaboration, previewed at the designer's VitraHaus Loft installation and featuring her distinctive take on colour and texture.

Marcelis' first Lava Lamp made its debut in October 2023 as part of Mathmos' 60th anniversary celebrations, and featured a minimalist take on the popular design with a white matte body and yellow wax 'lava'.

Sabine Marcelis' burgundy Lava Lamp for Mathmos

Sabine Marcelis' design for a burgundy lava lamp

Sabine Marcelis' burgundy Lava Lamp photographed at VitraHaus Loft, as part of the designer's installation

(Image credit: Courtesy Mathmos)

'I am a big fan of Mathmos’ iconic lava lamps and had so much fun working on our first collaborative design, [so] it felt natural to include an Astro lava lamp in the bedroom at the VitraHaus Loft, and I'm glad we were able to introduce a new limited edition lava lamp to match the colour scheme for the occasion,' says Marcelis.

Through her first collaboration she had aimed at transforming the cult item into 'a vessel for magic', turning the design into a white canvas without a logo or any reflective elements. The new design takes a similar approach, with a matte body and etched glass bottle.

Detail of burgundy lava lamp base

(Image credit: Pim Top)

The first Lava Lamp was created in 1963, by British inventor Edward Craven-Walker, and its design has become legendary and a pop classic. See how a Lava Lamp is made here.

'It is a great honour to work with Sabine again after the success of her first collaborative lamp, which sold out within hours last year. I’m sure her new design will be equally popular,' says Mathmos' Cressida Granger.

The burgundy Lava Lamp by Sabine Marcelis will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces from October 2024, £150/€175

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.