You can often find a number of Jewish Museum employees in the lunchtime crowd at the canteen of the European Patent Office at Hallesches Tor in Berlin. The food there is excellent; the noise, on the other hand, is excessive: rattling silverware, clattering dishes, and the voices of diners whirring together into one great drone.
In the dining room of the Berliner doctor family Plesch such a hubbub would have been unthinkable. Their secret: clatter-doilies.
That’s what they called the pretty mats that lay between pieces of crockery. They both protected the porcelain and – as the name so nicely suggests – muffled the clatter during serving and dining.
Clatter-doilies are out of fashion these days. It’s rather a shame.
Monika Flores Martínez, Exhibitions