In threes: winners of the Muuto Talent Award 2014

True to its name – inspired by the Finnish word for change, muutos – the Danish Muuto company wants to turn a new page in the history of Scandinavian design, bringing it back to the world map of design.

Muuto picks the best new Nordic designers (such as Harri Koskinen, Louise Campbell and Norway Says, to name a few) and trusts them with the mission to create new and clever takes on everyday objects that will make you go, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” Muuto’s products represent the essence of modern Scandinavian design by combining aesthetics and functionality with a new perspective.

Recently, the company bestowed the Muuto Talent Award 2014 to Nick Ross, from Konstfack Design School in Stockholm, for his Tension Lamp. The Muuto design team felt that aesthetics, function and storytelling all meet in this great design and the references to the fishing rod are both fun and very Scandinavian.

Says the designer, “The Tension lamp takes its function from the tension created in constructions, such as fishing rods and suspension bridges. Its form references Italian classics yet has a cleaner, Scandinavian feel. By allowing the user to hook the wire onto the foot of the lamp, creating the arching profile the lamp can be shipped in a smaller box since it takes up less space when unhooked. The lamp is simple and elegant with a technical feel, but still friendly in its character.”

The runner-up in the MTA 2014 is Nestor Campos, from Lund University, for his bowl design Hav; 3rd place goes to Troels Flensted for his Turn Lamp.


The Muuto Talent Award is a competition open to students and recent graduates from design or architect schools in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

The competition is central to what we Muuto is trying to do: find new designers to expand the Scandinavian design tradition with new and original perspectives.

Says Muuto founder Peter Bonnén, “We believe that the road to success for New Nordic design lies in a strong belief in the designers of our time. Highlighting and including vibrant new designers is a large part of our DNA and why we appreciate the relationships we gain with up and coming design talents through Muuto Talent Award.”

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