26 September 2010

Electric Mavis
luminare, $595

The phrase “Made in China” hasn’t always been a byword for mass-produced tat. Porcelain was made in China as early as 200 BCE, and the English-language practice of referring to it as “china” came about in the 17th century because exported Chinese porcelains were so highly regarded. A French priest in China learned the manufacturing technique with the assistance of his Chinese Catholic converts, and his findings became widely-known after they were published in the Jesuit mission’s annual report in 1735. The famed translucence of porcelain and bone china is what Gregory Bonasera looks for in the pre-loved cups and saucers he uses for this design. Customers can also supply their own favourite china to create a uniquely personalised light fitting.

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