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Home Stories: Rowan Marsh-Croft

Ashley Feraude

Going over to Rowan’s home in Cook was like visiting a museum of interests; both his and mine.

Knowing that he is a graphic designer and DJ, I was expecting a nice cup of tea while we remarked on his latest poster designs and colour-coded collection of records …but no, instead we covered: art exhibitions, gardening, home refurbishments, work shed design, bicycle restoration, music production, car restoration, photography, bitcoin, using hospitality venues as cheap storage, and why he doesn’t own any songs by Beyoncé or Drake

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Okay, I know the last three points are a bit off topic, but seeing we crammed all of these topics into a 20-minute visit, you can see why it’s pretty impressive. Mind you, I still don’t understand Bitcoin, so I’ll need one of my nerdy friends to draw me a diagram as if I was a five-year-old to explain that one. I like pictures.

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It would seem that the problem with creative people is that they are often drawn to ‘all things creative’ and don’t completely devote themselves just to one. Actually—is that even a problem? Come to think about it, it’s just a reflection of the relentless pursuit of creative knowledge. As Rowan put it so eloquently, “it’s all about learning creative rules and then breaking them” (…though I’m pretty sure he ripped that line off someone else).

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Rowan’s home presents his interests with pride. From the work of the courtyard, and the array of fixed bicycles, to the tight studio set up and restored Volvo; every corner represents his past, current and future projects.

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Rowan is clearly devoted to his craft (check out his photography work from a recent US trip on Instagram @foxroyale), but he also supports the craft of others. He organised for an artist from Staying Creative to travel to Canberra from Melbourne just to paint his wall.

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When I asked why he went to all that trouble, he said: “Because I wanted something original, something not manufactured and…it looks cool”. It does. In fact, all of his home does (…and all of a sudden, I felt like a mega-square in my dad-like blue cardigan).

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I started this ‘At Home’ series to gain an insight into people, and this is a perfect example. Even our series photographer, Victor (who has been friends with Rowan for longer than I’ve liked cardigans), ended our visit with “this has been great mate … I’ve really learned a lot about you today”. Yes, we all did Victor.

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As you can see, the key to a home like Rowan’s is carefully curating your space. If that’s something you struggle with, why not try the top 3 by Design Augmented Reality app? It allows you to visualise in real time what a piece of their furniture will look like in your home, using your smartphone or tablet.

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Read all of Ashley’s Home Stories series here and read about Canberra Centre’s new homeware haven here.

Home Stories is brought to you in partnership with Canberra Centre. 

Photography: Victor Tawagi

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Ashley Feraude

Ashley Feraude is a creative consultant, music producer and man-about-town. Under his Sound Technique agency, he provides award-winning consultancy services ranging from branding design, creative content development and event music direction for events and hospitality venues. Under the alias Magnifik, he produces award-winning original music filled with electronic soul and performs melodic DJ sets at numerous night spots, events and festivals. And if that wasn’t enough, Ashley is also the author of this insightful interior design editorial series. So is he suffering from split personality disorder and has an obsession over pointy awards? Not really...he just loves design, music and getting an insight into people’s personalities. Plus he likes being really busy. More about the Author