Was sind diese Dinge? (What are these things?)
On a recent trip to Germany to visit my sister and her family, I found myself paying a lot more attention to the construction and design details of her home than I did when I visited her elsewhere in Germany four years earlier—that is, back when I wasn’t working for Fine Homebuilding. Having recently copyedited Martin Holladay’s article “Do Europeans Really Make the Best Windows?” (FHB #213) I was especially interested in the tightly fit, double-glazed, tilt-turn windows throughout the house. But I had to scratch my head when I saw the four “accessories” pictured here.
The two pictured in photo 1 are attached to the wall tile about 2 ft. above the counter. The ones in photo 2 are attached to the end of the floor cabinet just under the countertop. The cut-outs on the faces suggest that they are meant for holding specific kitchen utensils. But the faces on the ones in photo 1 bend and form a lip on the bottom that would block a utensil with a handle longer than an inch or so.
I snapped these photos hoping that managing editor Deb Silber might have seen something like this at a kitchen and bath show, but she was baffled too. If any of you have an idea of what these could be, I promise to lift my next glass of Hefeweizen in your honor.