Designed during the Space Age, the lava lamp, which turns 50 this year, was intended to be reminiscent of an era more like the Stone Age:
As light fixtures go, the lamps are peculiar in that they don’t cast much light. They appeal to people at ease in darkness. Rather than illumination, the purpose of lava lamps is “to create mood,” says Stephen Horner, who teaches lighting design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. The fixture’s dynamic interior, he says, harkens back to one of our most ancient forms of amusement: the flickering hearth.
Now, on that basis, I’d have no problem having one about the place.
(Photo by Scott Garner.)