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Weighty ceramic garden stools infuse a sense of permanence and a jolt of hand-textured embellishment into a garden or an indoor/outdoor space. We like the Cloud Design Stool, which is inspired by 18th century Chinese craft, but juxtaposes its earthy make with an airy repeat motif.

Artisan-made in mainland China and imported by Forgotten Shangai, these heavy-duty stools can also be used as side tables. They're available in blue, red, ivory and turquoise, here. Normally $485, they are 20% off during this Potrero Hill importer's summer sale.