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.”