Thursday 22 February 2018

Must Haves . . . Christmas crafts

Crafty Christmas

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).

Posh Presents

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).

Forest Folk

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).

Irish Independent

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