At first, the Mamba Lamp may look like a toy that has been shaped like a common light fixture. The use of solid matte colors and an overall cartoonish appearance gives it this impression. Nevertheless, it does act as a traditional lamp. Also, it wasn't inspired by a toy, but by a snake.
When upright, the Mamba Lamp appears to have a misplaced wire sprouting from the top of its lampshade. When resting on its side, it appears as though the slim wire has swallowed the Mamba Lamp whole, hence the snake correlation. Nevertheless, as strange as this extra bit of cord may seem, it does fulfill a useful purpose. It controls the light.
The Mamba Lamp was designed by Kevin Depape, an industrial designer based in Lille, France, for the Cinna Design Contest 2012.