Since 1991, Miss Sissi is produced by the Italian lamp producer Flos.
Already created in 1988 by the Popstar of Design – Philippe Starck, Miss Sissi is included in the range of products called “Good Goods” which composed for a catalogue of the mail order business La Redoute. In addition to t-shirts, teddy bears, kayaks and gas masks, Miss Sissi belongs to the “non-products for non-consumers” which Starck wanted to offer for “a moral market of the future” like a “political tool which aims directly at the heart of consumption.”
Right after designing Miss Sissi, Starck said about the table lamp: “It was not me who created it, it was all of us.” The form language of Miss Sissi stresses anonymity and functionality and is thus a pretty good example of “non-design”.
“In times where the trend on the market goes to far too complicated lamps with a narcissistic design, I thought, it would be necessary to regain the idea of an archetypical, small lamp like it is in all of us. The result is Miss Sissi. The usage of synthetic material facilitates the mass production and ensures that Sissi is affordable for everyone. As Sissi is a model of non-design, its conception arose from our collective memory.
The table lamp spreads direct light and diffuse light. Light corpus, diffuser and diffuser holder are made out of injection molded, painted polycarbonate (UL-94 V0), the light's socket ensures stability with included sinker. On and off switch is regulated at the two-branch cable.