Must Haves . . . Christmas crafts
The National Craft Fair December 4-8 in the RDS promises the usual cheery mix of handmade stuff with a wide price range and a good atmosphere. The Summer shelves by Martin Gallagher are designed to hold smallish items like keys or wine bottles are €185 each (www.martingallagherfurniture.com; www.nationalcraftsfair.ie).
The five-day Irish Craft Portfolio exhibition at the RHA Gallery until December 2 shows the upper end of the Irish craft offering -- only the best are admitted. This silver inlaid wood-turned bowl by Roger Bennett costs €225 but you'll also find him at the RDS National Craft Fair with pieces from €50 (www.rogerbennett/ woodturner.com; www.rhagallery.ie; www.irishcraftportfolio.ie).
The Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi made some changes to Taika (it means magic), his tableware range for Iittala. The owl has landed on a plate and the fox now curls up into a ball (from €23 www.inreda.ie).