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7/22/2009 - Gardenside LTD. Products Featured In HGTV and Apartment Therapy Solutions

7/4/2009 - Gardenside LTD. Products Featured In Marin IJ

3/2/2009 - Gardenside LTD. Announces New FSC Certified Product Line

9/17/2008 - Gardenside Ltd. Named Exclusive Distributor of Lister® In North America




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San Rafael, CA – July 22, 2009 – Gardenside Ltd., celebrating its 15th year anniversary, continues the tradition as the world’s premier teak furniture company with recent accolades from both HGTV and Apartment Therapy.

Recently, HGTV selected Gardenside products as part of the overall solutions for two challenging landscape projects.

In “Global Garden”, the HGTV Landscape Smart team turned a long sloping yard into an exotic tropical escape. By incorporating the home owners’ travel memorabilia, as well as carefully chosen furniture and accents, they were able to turn an undesirable space into a functional and stunning outdoor retreat.

The beautiful lines of the Gardenside’s teak Provence bench were complimented by the use of recycled railroad ties, reed screens, and a hammock. This finished result now offers an extension of their living space while transporting them to a peaceful outdoor setting. Read the full article at:

In “Patio Solution”, host Michael Payne meets with home owners to design a patio space that will offer both rich wood features while still allowing an airy and open feel. After deciding on an open beamed trestle roof, it was time to pick out furniture. Gardenside’s teak Fairlight bench, Kentfield coffee table, Bistro chairs, and classic steamer chairs were selected. Tropical plants and a water fixture were added to complete the space. This resulted in a gorgeous outdoor room to be enjoyed for years to come. Go to for the full article.

Also in the news, after Gardenside returned from a successful show at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair® (ICFF) in New York, the new Lister® Purify teak line of bathtubs, sinks and vanities was selected by Apartment Therapy as Maxwell’s Top Picks of the ICFF 2009.

This unique collection is the creation of renowned designer Tsuguji Sasaki, and achieves the pinnacle of serenity and beauty with its graceful lines and natural materials. Starting with an engineered block of teak, the line incorporates the appeal and endurance of teak wood with elements of steel for durability and functionality. The Purify Collection highlights the peaceful elements in nature, while comforting your body and soul.

Laurie Krashanoff, Director of Marketing, states “Gardenside is thrilled to have our products selected and featured in design solutions by these highly regarded organizations. Both HGTV and Apartment Therapy have helped home owners navigate the design world by searching out beautiful, stylish and affordable solutions for their home, gardens, and work spaces.




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Fine living: Sharing when the backyard turns bountiful

PJ Bremier

Red, white, blue and green Got lemons? Want peaches? Julie Hanft and Hilary Jeffris, two Mill Valley entrepreneurial moms, have taken the farm-to-table concept to a more personal level - a garden-to-garden-to-table one - with their Marin Open Garden Project.

"It's all about sharing what we each grow," Hanft says. "One of the catalysts was the horrifying statistic that 90 percent of what's grown in Marin, leaves Marin and 90 percent of what's consumed in Marin, comes into Marin. We want to be part of changing that distribution of food." In May, they took their class project (germinated at the Environmental Forum of Marin and later refined at Dominican University) and turned it into weekly neighborhood exchanges of backyard produce in Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Anselmo and San Rafael. There are plans for one in Novato.

"It's been going really well," Hanft says. "Right now, people are bringing lots of lemons, lettuces, fava beans, plums and apples, seeds and seedlings, and flowers and they're leaving notes on our bulletin board offering free rocks, free dirt, free wood chips and compost." Everything's on the honor system, she says. Participants bring what they want to share and take what they want to eat, and while there are no organic requirements Hanft says, "most people are raising produce with organic principles in mind."

What's next? She and Jeffris are forming partnerships with nonprofit groups to receive any remaining produce from the exchanges and initiating a harvesting program where gleaners are trained to harvest homeowners' fruit trees and vegetables gardens and share the bounty with each other. Marin Open Garden Project exchanges are from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Boyle Park in Mill Valley, the San Rafael Library and Sun Valley Park in San Rafael and Creek Park in San Anselmo, and from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Piper Park in Corte Madera. For more information, call 264-2828 or go to

Soaking it up

Laurie Krashanoff of San Anselmo went to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last month with the prototypes for a new designer line of teak tubs and sinks and came back with a good story.

The San Anselmo resident is the marketing director for Gardenside, Ltd., a company that distributes, among other products, Forest Stewardship Council-certified teak benches and the new Lister Purify Collection line of teak tubs and sinks. At the show, a developer stepped into the Purify Collection's prototype of a large soaking tub, laid back in it, liked it and wanted to take it with him back to South Hampton for a condominium complex he's building. If it worked out, he would order 19 more. "He was really excited about not only the lines but the concept of a soaking tub and fell in love with it," Krashanoff says. "It's got a very Zen-like feel to it and it's soft, the wood is very forgiving and not cold, like porcelain, when your skin touches it."

The collection is composed of ecologically engineered teak finished with a solid, smooth veneer. The tub retails for $6,600; the coordinating sink, mirror and shelf unit costs $2,200. In the end, the Gardenside team decided to let him buy the prototype after realizing they would save shipping costs and build goodwill at the same time. He came back at the end the show, and loaded the tub into his SUV even though much of it was sticking out the back, Krashanoff recalls. "I told him I thought he might get a ticket. He just said, 'Oh, I'll deal with it.'" Maybe with a long soak in his new tub.

For more information, call 455-4500 or go to

Branching out Looking for a fire pit for summer's cool evenings? San Anselmo interior design company Hershon Hartley Design has unveiled its Tiburon fire pit in a debut collection of furnishings featured at the Dunkirk Showroom in the San Francisco Design Center. It's not like a fire pit you might find at a big box store, says Jo Ann Hartley. "It's substantial and it's art; it needs a space that can take a big piece." And, she adds, "it's fabricated by a local artisan in Novato. Nothing's made offshore."

The fire pit was inspired by a client's deck in Tiburon. "It had a radius edge to it and there were barrel back chairs so we wanted something curvilinear with an organic feel to it," she says. The corten (recycled) steel bowl has a twig motif for its base, grate and the knob atop the retractable domed spark arrestor. It's gas or propane - ready and is available in either 36- or 48-inch diameters. Price ranges from $6,000 to $7,000.

Hershon Hartley Design, a green-certified company with a second design studio at Lake Tahoe, has also unveiled the Tahoe bench. This rustic seat made of quarter-sawn figured maple and patinated corten steel can be customized with a different FSC-certified wood or be made entirely out of steel. Prices start at $4,000. For more information, call 459-4044 or go to

PJ Bremier writes on home, garden, design and entertaining topics every Saturday. She may be contacted at P.O. Box 412, Kentfield 94914 or (c) 2009 Marin Independent Journal. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Media NewsGroup, Inc. by NewsBank, Inc.




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San Rafael, CA – March 2, 2009 – Gardenside Ltd., celebrating its 15th year anniversary, continues the tradition as the world’s premier teak furniture company with an exciting new addition to their family of products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified teak benches, tables and chairs.

Because Gardenside has the distinct advantage of being able to design, manufacture, and distribute its own furniture, this exceptional line of FSC furniture is now available. Many architects and designers search out FSC product solutions and other environmentally friendly options for their clients, as well as, to qualify for LEED points.

Leading the product line is the Lister® Mendip 5 foot bench. This bench, one of the most popular, follows the same look and design as the traditional teak bench, but is composed of 100% FSC certified teak wood. Also available are the Rosevale 48” round table, and the Dover dining armchair. These products are stylish and functional, and offer an environmentally responsible alternative at the same time.

Laurie Krashanoff, Director of Marketing, states “Gardenside has made a practice of listening to our customers, and when possible incorporating some of their ideas and feedback into our product lines. One exciting example is our new FSC teak furniture line. Our customers have inquired and asked about providing an environmentally responsible, yet economically viable teak furniture solution for their needs.“

Ms. Krashanoff emphasizes, “With the addition of the FSC certified line of products, this continues to expand our offerings of eco-friendly products for our customers which already include several Ecologically Engineered Teak (EET) furniture solutions.”

In addition to the exciting news of the FSC certified line of products, Gardenside also will release the Purify Collection of EET teak bathtubs, sinks and vanities at the May International Contemporary Furniture Fair® (ICFF) event in New York.



Gardenside Ltd. Named Exclusive Distributor of Lister® In North America

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San Anselmo, CA – September 17, 2008 – Gardenside Ltd., founded in 1994, continues the tradition as the world’s premier teak furniture company with an exciting new addition to their family of products, Lister®.

Gardenside announced that they will be the exclusive distributor of Lister® USA for North America. Lister®, founded in 1883, is the originator of classic English Teak leisure furniture, a tradition that continues to develop to this day. Always on the cutting edge, Lister® has collaborated with a number of world renowned furniture and landscape designers to provide both contemporary and classic teak furniture range that combines fine quality with stylish sophistication.

Some of these highly regarded designers include Arne Jacobsen, Sir Robin Day, Frans Schrofer, Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, and more. In addition, stainless steel and modern textiles have been incorporated into selected designs. These products have revolutionized the industry by providing sleek design, high style, and beauty to fine teak furniture.

Danny Liu, President of Gardenside, states “Lister is a natural fit with Gardenside. Quality is the cornerstone to our success, and Lister only reinforces this image and allows us to address our customer’s requests and expand into a growing segment of the market.”

Mr. Liu emphasized that “With the addition of the Lister brand to our product family, our customers now have a diverse selection of premium teak design and styles that have taken Europe by storm. We can now bring those offerings to our customers here in North America, and build on the already established Gardenside image for premier quality, superior craftsmanship, and contemporary and classic designs.”

In addition to the exciting news of Lister® joining their family, Gardenside also will release a much anticipated catalog in early 2009. This catalog will offer the collaboration of the coveted Lister product line, as well as traditional Gardenside lines.


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