Cevan draws inspiration for his garden design concepts from a wealth of experience gained in his extensive travels through Asia and a background in stage set design. He likes to think of creating a ”private country” for each of his clients to express their fantasy or even to reflect the gestalt of their lives. His main objective is to create a place that will be an emotionally satisfying experience for them on a daily basis, where they can entertain, play or relax. Some clients seek serenity and privacy while others want a dramatic stage to play out their lives against. Cevan spends extensive time determining their needs and seeks to impart a playful and adventurous interpretation for them.
Winner of Garden Design magazine’s prestigious Golden Trowel award in 2006, Cevan’s landscape design is also featured in Zahid Sardar’s book “New Garden Design: Inspiring Private Paradises” as well as the New York Times and National Geographic.

 

Cevan’s Style and Design Sense

     His personal style focuses on a sensual mix of antique stone, ethnic artifacts and architectural pieces played against his custom designed contemporary architectural elements that express a tactile and visual drama, making the garden part of the home’s living space rather just pretty landscaping that surrounds it. For many clients, space is at a premium and it is Cevan’s art to mold the exterior spaces of a property to extend their living space to the outdoor areas in a sophisticated and gracious way, providing places for privacy and parties.

He loves to pair the Asian artifacts and architectural details from his travels with contemporary concrete installations:

  • Hardscape is paired with a drought tolerant focus and a mix of native and exotic plantings.
  • A narrow side yard is transformed by building a loggia with transparent fiberglass roof panels that contains a 25-foot long cast concrete dining table lit by amber shellac glaze lanterns, turning it into the perfect place for entertaining
  • Fluted concrete pedestals resemble oversize greek columns to provide seating and bases for planters.
  • An ancient Chinese water trough is set in a box of river rock to create an outdoor sink.
  • Cast posts that evoke timber bamboo are used for uprights to lend sculptural effects.
  • A contemporary sculptural cast concrete pond full of lotus and koi has water pouring into it from a traditional bamboo spout.
  • Custom concrete lounges have holes for placement of tall Indonesian umbrellas to provide shade on hot and sunny days.

Winner of Garden Design magazine’s prestigious Golden Trowel award in 2006, Cevan’s garden design is also featured in Zahid Sardar’s book “New Garden Design: Inspiring Private Paradises” as well as the New York Times and National Geographic.