The Style Council Exterior Design Team
Quentin Owen has a fascination with biomimicry and the perfection of natures design. His company Style Council suggests a fashionable movement towards the appreciation of nature as more than a trend, but a necessity for a sustainable future.
Nathan Gorman has worked alongside Quentin over 20 years with diligence perseverance and the ability to communicate well with everyone. As a hands on professional Nathan overcomes any obstacles placed in his path
Barbra Cowley is an artist, graphic designer and photographer, she brings a feminine touch and beauty to our designs and finishes.
Quentin can be booked for talks on : the Psychology of space, and how it affects human behaviour. Creating environments that nurtures our potential, Practical Eco system restoration, Natural Landscaping Techniques, No Irrigation Gardens, Wetland and River systems rehabilitation, Koi Fish and Pond Design and Build, Rock Sculptures and Stone waterfall features.
A Word to the Wise Regarding Landscape Contractors
Some homeowners want to act as general contractors for their landscaping projects in order to save money. Unfortunately, this choice can lead to some real problems.
Trade terminologies, scheduling and coordination, unique peculiarities due to selection of materials, installation techniques, material choice, availability and construction or engineering methods are but a few of the snags
A subcontractor will respond well to a seasoned general contractor who understands the work to be performed and with whom they have a good relationship, based on past experience. The best landscape design companies in Cape Town have many years of experience in managing these teams.
The Style Council Team have been providing a high-end service for over 20 years in South Africa and Italy.
Our scope and practical experience is vast.
Exterior Design companies usually specialize in one or more areas of a project and subcontract related installation elements such as unique structures or specialised lighting.
In this way artistic Integrity and site management is maintained See Quentin in action at Nooitgedacht Eco Park Development below
Eco Sensitive Gardens
We urge you to consider being part of an active goal to protect biodiversity loss by creating ‘nature zones’ in your garden. These act as corridors for the migration of birds and animals and helps to preserve Cape Towns unique biodiversity.
Find out how you can create a wildlife habitat in your garden.
Natural Landscaping Workshops
Quentin grew up on a farm, close to the city, living with an abundance of fresh produce he recognised the beauty and economy of nature.
In the late 90′s he lived in Italy and had the privilege of working with high profile clients in luxurious settings. Quentin was drawn back to African soil in 2000 having learned fluent Italian and the romance of Italian art, architecture and style; he is inspired still by quality artistic workmanship, designed and built for a lifetime
It was only after his years of work and travel in Europe, that he was able to understand the importance of timeless design along with the role of diversity.
Quentin now encourages home owners to consider the role of biodiversity by planting nature corridors in their garden.
On the farm the vegetables went a long way in creating bonds between workers and neighbours. Quentin aspires to this culture of collaboration and encourages friends to do the same. Feed your family, neighbours and friends with home grown produce, and provide equally for the bird, animal and insect life supporting the greater eco-system.
In his garden, Quentin allows nature to unfold. Besides the food forest garden his property has naturally evolved from an alien infested space to a rich biodiverse landscape. The beauty of his garden is one of surprise, new indigenous plants, even ericas have taken root. A pair of owls find sanctuary on the land, there are two busy bee hives, and many bird species are abundant. The garden feels rich with oxygen and life. It is peaceful, each season provides new gifts: Berries, fruit, nuts, herbs, veg and lots of honey.
Quentin applies his knowledge of natural landscaping in his environment and will gladly assist you to do the same. Bee keeping, tilapia fish, mushroom growing, hot houses and how to purify river systems, this man is a hive of useful information. Pop a bottle of chianti and he will talk for hours.
Quentin is known by diversity practitioners to be a ‘critical thinker’ he can be booked for talks on sustainable design and the psychology of space.
ADIPSA held a talk with Quentin Owen on Tuesday 20th April, focusing on cities within post-apartheid South Africa.
This talk focused on the design of our city spaces, and how space gives out meaning.