There are some items no home should be without: trays, pails, boards, and caddies crafted from high-quality materials and designed to stand the test of time. They’re the essential organisers for cutlery, papers, flowers, stationery — your whole life, actually. That’s exactly what Johannesburg entrepreneur Michelle Asbury has created with her exclusive new line of homeware, handmade in South Africa from solid oak, with authentic brass and stainless steel trims. Asbury calls them “features for life” and her pieces certainly are the kinds of classics that will look good in your home forever. “I am interested in functionality, endurance and simplicity — things that are useful and stand the test of time. Timelessness is a wonderful idea in an age when so much is instant and expendable,” she says.

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