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Bone china was invented in 17th century England to compete with imported Chinese porcelain. With bone china, tableware could be made lighter and translucent. Because of the toughness of the material, even thin bone china is very durable.

Bone china tableware is still made industrially. Its production includes a complex process of firing, the pure translucent whiteness of the material achieved at a temperature exceeding 1,200C (2,200F). Because of the difficult production process, bone china tableware is more expensive than other ceramics.

The hardwood used in the lights gives a warm counterpoint to the pure whiteness of the bone china. The lighter wood elements are made of maple, the dark ones of merbau or other hardwood. Different colour combinations allow the lights to be used in all types of interiors. All wood used in Kola design's lamps is ethically acceptable and treated by biological methods.

The mood and intensity of the light can be controlled by using bulbs of different wattage. Energy-saving bulbs are recommended for ecological reasons: a 20-watt bulb provides the same amount of light as a conventional 100W light bulb. Some manufacturers even give a 12-year life for energy-saving light bulbs.