I want to make umbrella stands.
They're quite small, as far as furniture goes, so I think you have more flexibility with having an interesting, extravagant design than with, say, a dining table. For example, an art deco dining table would be quite a bold look, while an art deco umbrella stand would not.
I haven't found any really stunning examples yet.
Would a wood stand have problems with moisture? Wouldn't metal be better?