This knife block is made of untreated birch veneer, and it has a swooping open back behind the knife block to hold whisks, spatulas, and spoons. We love this solution — keeping your knives and utensils all in one, smartly-designed receptacle.
The only drawback is that this is only available in Europe from a small kitchen shop in Berlin. (At least, we haven't been able to find it stateside.) What do you think? Have you seen anything like this in the States?
• Find it: Schweizer Messerblock (Swiss Knife Block), 45,00 € at shop.schoener-waers.de (In German)