Gallery: Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

These impactful pigeon pendants were first created for a store in East London. Randall points out on her site that while pigeons are considered vermin, they are actually quite beautiful with shimmering green and purple feathers adorning their necks.

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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