While most parasols indeed come with a base, this component is often strictly functional. This, however, can be remedied with a more imaginative solution, such as the ‘Pantagruel’ designed by Dirk Wynants for extremis. This steel parasol base is actually a small, round table with attached benches. The seating surfaces and tabletop are made out of durable hardwood, and the parasol can be inserted into the middle of the furnishing. This eliminates the need for additional garden seating furniture, while ensuring shade for the users.