Ceramic Garden Stools
Whether nestled up to a garden bench or the living room sofa, these sculptural seats are ultraversatile, indoors and out
It's a spare seat, it's a side table, it's a plant stand—a ceramic garden stool can serve a multitude of purposes around the house. The typical barrel shape is a time-honored Chinese form, used for over a thousand years as a casual garden perch. By the 19th century, they were showing up in British conservatories, and English potteries started turning out designs with brighter colors and more openwork.
Today these drum-shaped stools are enjoying a comeback and run the gamut from traditional Chinese models to more contemporary interpretations. Outdoors, they can provide an all-weather hit of color and pattern on a patio or porch. Inside, they can hold a book beside the bathtub, a coffee mug next to your favorite chair, or serve as a spare seat at party time—as decorative as a throw pillow but a lot more useful.
Today's takes on the classic drum-shaped stool are reinventing the form in a wide variety of contemporary materials, from textured natural fibers to lightweight synthetics to decorative metals.
Size: 16"W x 18"H
This woven-sea-grass side table is coated with clear lacquer to stand up well in a covered area.