Nick Ross's Tension Lamp wins Muuto Talent Award 2014
Tension lamp by Nick Ross

Nick Ross' Tension Lamp wins Muuto Talent Award 2014

News: Danish furniture brand Muuto has chosen a lamp that bends like a fishing rod as the winner of its annual Nordic design award for emerging talents.

Tension lamp by Nick Ross

Selected by the Muuto team, the form of the Tension Lamp by Stockholm-based Nick Ross is created using a taut wire.

Attached from the circular base to just below the rounded shade, the wire is pulled tight through a loop on the stem.

Tension lamp by Nick Ross

This tensile force causes the thin stem to curve like a fishing rod with a catch on the end of the line.

"Tension Lamp takes its function from the tension created in constructions such as fishing rods and suspension bridges," said Ross. "Its form references Italian classics yet has a cleaner, Scandinavian feel."

Tension lamp by Nick Ross

As the arching shape is created as part of the assembly process, the lamp can be shipped in a smaller container.

The design is also lightweight since there is no need to weight the head or foot to create the curved stem.

Tension lamp by Nick Ross

Muuto awards an innovative product by a student from a Nordic design school each year.

"The Muuto design team selected the lamp as they felt that aesthetics, function and storytelling all meet in the great design and the references to the fishing rod are both fun and Scandinavian," said the company.

Tension lamp by Nick Ross
The taut wire causes the lamp to curve like a fishing rod

Previous recipients of the award include a lamp that fits neatly into the edges of a room by Finnish designer Tuomas Auvinen and a chair made from two laminated plywood shells that slot together without any metal fixings by Berlin designer David Geckeler.