Since 1991, Miss Sissi has been produced by Italian lighting manufacturer Flos.
Designed by designer popstar Philippe Starck as early as 1988, Miss Sissi forms part of the ‘Good Goods’ product palette which Starck put together in 1998 for a catalogue for the La Redoute online shop. In addition to t-shirts, teddy bears, kayaks and gas masks, Miss Sissi is part of the ‘non-products for non-consumers’ which Starck wanted to offer ‘for a moral market of the future’, almost a ‘political tool which aims directly at the heart of consumption’.
After designing Miss Sissi, he’d already said about the table lamp: ‘It wasn’t me who designed it, it was all of us.’ The shape of Miss Sissi emphasises anonymity and functionality and is thus a good example of ‘non-design’.
“In a time where the market trend is swinging to over-complicated lamps with a narcissistic design, I thought it was necessary to redevelop the idea of an archetypical, small lamp, like there is in all of us. The result is Miss Sissi. The use of synthetic materials facilitates mass production and ensures that Sissi is affordable for everyone. As a model of non-design, its design emerged from our collective consciousness.’
The table lamp spreads direct and diffuse light. The light body, diffuser and diffuser holder are made from injection-moulded, coloured polycarbonate (UL-94 V0) and the lamp bast provides stability with added lead weight. The on and off switch is operated using the two-core electric cable.