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