Tuomas Auvinen's 45° lamp is designed to utilise the often wasted space where a wall and ceiling meet.
"One day when entering an empty apartment, I wondered why the corners and angles were not better exploited, and then I came up with the idea for 45°," said Auvinen.
The back of the lamp is shaped into a 90-degree angle so it can nestle between two perpendicular surfaces. The circular diffuser on the front is always at a 45 degree angle to the flat planes.
"Through its shape and versatility the lamp can be placed everywhere in the room and no matter how it is installed, it will cast the light in an angle of 45 degrees," said Auvinen.
The lamp could be fixed into the upper corners of a space, suspended from a cord or left to rest on the floor.
The Muuto Talent Award competition is organised annually by Danish brand Muuto and is open to all design students studying at Nordic institutions.
This year's first place winner Auvinen is currently enrolled at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland.