Would the sight of a shark fin rising from the dark, still surface of your desk give you a momentary scare, even if you knew rationally that there’s no danger? The Shark Lamp by Ukrainian designer Aleksandr Mukomelov capitalizes on our natural fear of these razor-toothed predators to add a little bit of excitement to a room.
The designer hand-carved the shape from wood and sanded it smooth to create the prototype, but the lamp is now being manufactured in sleek white plastic by lighting company Moree, and can be purchased at Nostraforma.
“A close view of a shark fin subconsciously causes a sensation of risk and adrenaline discharge,” says Mukomelov. “Appearing in the ocean, it instantly scares away all the flesh around it. But ‘Shark Lamp’ scares away only the surrounding darkness, for what it is actually designed.”