Gallery: Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

We've seen some pretty creepy lamps here at Inhabitat -- from blood-powered bulbs to living, growing lamps made from bioluminescent hamster cells... but none of them really compare to "The Most Nightmarish Lamp Ever Created." Made by bespoke lighting designer Alex Randall, this blood-curdling creation featuring a swarm of taxidermied rats has caused quite a stir in the design world. Don't worry though - the rats were deceased long before Randall got her hands on them, meaning this light fixture makes use of reclaimed materials too. Click through our slideshow to see more of Ms. Randall's freaky preserved animal pieces.

You might think taxidermy is frightening or macabre, but if an animal is already dead, it can be an ethical way to celebrate the beauty of nature. Randall points out that it’s a step away from the drab, IKEA-ized furnishings we’ve become accustomed to too. “There’s a desperation to reintroduce character to our homes,” she says. “Most of the animals we use are shot as vermin and their bodies either used as food for other animal or left to rot. By giving them a purpose, they become quite beautiful.

+ Alex Randall


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  1. darkthunder January 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    This is the most creative and awesome taxidermy art I have ever seen! I am speechless as to how beautiful these artworks are.

  2. HarshaPandav December 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    DISRESPECTFUL is the one word that comes to mind immediately.

    Would this be considered “celebrating the beauty of nature” if you imagined humans in place of these animals?

    I’m a designer AND an animal activist, and this is nothing less than revolting, arrogant, and disgusting in my eyes.

  3. Paul Stratkona May 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Rat and squirrel lamps are certainly among the more unexpected lighting fixtures, that’s for certain. It’s good to know that the lamps are at least using reclaimed materials.

  4. ines p July 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Very… creative idea. Isn’t it smelly?

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