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The White CompanyComedy mugs, odd bowls, the kids’ cartoon crockery… it’s frightening how fast a kitchen can fill up with mis-matched paraphernalia. There’s much to be said for starting afresh with a uniform selection of simple, durable pieces. The White Company’s new General Store collection is great for the essentials, its ash wood utensils and boards (right) boasting nothing more decorative than harmonious soft rounded edges. Wooden board, £35.