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Designing the future with Decibel Architecture & Dylan Brady 尽情构筑未来

Dylan Brady
Conductor of Decibel Architecture (dB(A))
Decibel Architecture (dB(A)) 主创总监 Dylan Brady

We at CHTNetwork Australia believe in fostering a constructive, respectful and healthy networking platform that serves as an epicentre for “all good things in life to meet”. Having established an impressive profile as a networking platform in Malaysia for 14 years, CHTNetwork Australia is now dedicated to serving as the bridge that connects Australians, Malaysians and ASEAN entrepreneurs to share a symbiotic connection that is built firmly upon strong bonds of multiculturalism, trust and entrepreneurship. One of the tools which CHTNetwork uses to ‘connect’ is EZ Magazine.
 
No one can attest to the merits of global entrepreneurship more than Dylan Brady, the Conductor at Decibel Architecture, an architecture firm that passionately fuses art with practical, technical knowledge in the field, as their enthusiastically capable team continues to contribute stanzas to the everlasting poem of human cultural organisation and vivacious expression when society designs cities.
 
Mr Brady’s prestigious career of nearly 3 decades has birthed paragons of intricately detailed building projects across Asia like the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre* facade in China and Vietnam’s upcoming Ho Chi Minh City Eco Green Hyatt Tower, to name a few. Apart from creating Australian marvels of architecture like Melbourne’s Federation Square façade, dB(A) is currently working on a series of significant cultural projects across South-east Asian and China to further fulfill Mr Brady’s dream of how his work can enable the citizens of the cities whose buildings dB(A) designs to, “continue participating in the economic and cultural conversation of their respective countries and the planet”.  

EZ Magazine Australia is honoured to be acquainted with Mr Brady and was delighted to interview him:

Who is Dylan Brady?  

I was born in Melbourne and have been infused with a deep love of this city and its people. It is a global city with ambition and drive, and the place that I always return to as home.
 
I describe myself as a Husband, Father and Architect. It’s a reminder – to me mainly – to ensure that what is urgent does not distract from what is important. My purpose has always been bold. Architecture as a profession and passion represents a fusion of art, sculpture, engineering and the fundamental human expression of the City. I have been driven by design excellence all my life – opportunities, creativity and energy can be harnessed to push the boundaries of what might be.

Pixel Building

Decibel Architecture (“dBA”)  is now more than 5 years old and has enjoyed success over these years. What do you think are the 3 most important characteristics of a successful business?  

To me the pillars of successful business are People, Purpose and Product. People are the most fundamental part of a successful business – myself and the team, our clients and their teams, and most importantly our common market. Purpose is the heart of our practice – this enables us to distil and enable our clients’ purpose and embody that in the Product we create. These creations must be exceptional and deliver high performance outcomes, ultimately attracting people to the business, as partners and clients in new work.

To what extent has exposure to architecture from across the globe influenced dBA’s design philosophy? 

Architecture is Human – it’s Global. I have never seen it any other way. Through our work and experiences over the last 20 years through Australia and South East Asia, I see the challenge and opportunity and common purpose of Architecture as Global.  Lessons from one project and place, help enhance and innovate in another – and often the innovation is happening outside developed centres, not just within them. We are interested in culture – in difference and adaption, and in how materials, crafts and processes are enabled by new technologies to deliver solutions in a rapidly changing world.

What is your greatest challenge as founder of studio505 and subsequently dB(A) and where do you see the company in the next decade? 

Igniting and instilling enthusiasm and passion in the vision of the practice and its projects is the foundation of great work. Being open to the challenge of change is paramount – and we do this by ensuring our adaptability and resilience is responding to external and internal drivers. We thrive in our relationships which ensures we continue to offer ethical, ecological and exceptional outcomes to our clients and staff.  We focus on how we as a business can act to maximise our impact on changing the world for the better. The world in 2030 is guaranteed to be very different from today- change is the only constant. We plan that in that future, dB(A) has contributed to the shape of that future, and that our core values, our principles and our purpose remains actively engaged in contributing to the next decade ahead.

Why should clients choose dB(A) compared to other architecture firms? How does dB(A) maintain the edge over its competitors?

dB(A) promises fresh eyes. We propose sophisticated responses that meet economic objectives, but that go beyond simply utilitarian expectation. We are powered by deep strategic thinking – exploring, researching and challenging the brief to ensure the best possible vision and value add. We are ethical, ecological and exceptional and are driven by the idea that expectations can be exceeded, and that aspirations can be realised and delivered in creative, inspirational and innovative ways. As such we are unafraid of large and small challenges and enthusiastically thrive on their solution. When you work with dB(A), you work directly with us, and share in our vivid thinking.

Architects and clients are like artists and businessmen, how do you balance their demands and at the same time not losing your creativity?

Architecture is not simply decoration, it is not only sculpture, it must deliver beyond an aesthetic impression. At dB(A) we think of our buildings as instruments – take the violin as an example – it must be finely crafted, balanced, functional and beautiful, but its purpose is not itself. Its purpose is also not that someone can play music on it – that is its function – its purpose is for that music to raise the spirits and souls of the audience. The projects we build have functional needs but must still raise the soul – the design embedded in an object has value in delivering those outcomes – functional, formal, and transformative. We think of the design process in the same way – our clients are not merely businessmen and women, but partners in a shared purpose. Equals who guide each other towards exceptional outcomes. Finding this balance can be challenging – all the best experiences are. But it is also hugely rewarding.

Many of your projects are impressive in terms of its scale. How do you achieve the finer details of a project without compromising its overall vision?

From chandeliers to cities – our rigour and continuous attention to detail, consistency of application of design thinking, and ongoing communication of the outcomes we are all seeking to achieve. That last 3% of project is like the last 3% in the Olympics – it transforms good to great, and great to remarkable. By defining what is fundamental to a project, we create a touchstone that guides every hand that works with us, that aligns our efforts and makes everyone a contributor to a coherent whole.

Which is the project that you are most proud of?

You mean who is my favourite child? I am proud of just about every one of our projects – built and unbuilt. Each is radically different, but I have the deepest connection to those projects founded in Purpose. That have required bold innovation to deliver. A shortlist rather than a singular favourite would include our home the Pixel Building, that continues to inspire environmental efforts globally and in our own current work; the Ng Teng Fong Hospital wards that continue to heal people in a remarkably innovative environment of salutogenic design; the One Victoria project that is founded in science, innovation and technical exceptionalism and will create the perpetual fund for the Royal Society of Victoria to eternally advocate for and grow science competency in all Victorians;  and the Wujin Lotus that continues to deliver joy to young and old and make a Place in people’s hearts; I am proud of all these and more, but in the end, the project I am currently most proud of is Decibel Architecture itself – the idea that we can build a culture to design a practice that can deliver and contribute such outcomes is remarkable, and I have a lot of pride in my team.

What are some of the new and exciting projects dB(A) is currently working on?

We have just completed the new interior fit-out for John Holland – a 7500m2 workplace that we are very excited to see come to life. We have some permits in hand for new wineries and functions centres and are working on some very interesting masterplans in Japan and Tasmania. We have the new ‘Worlds Greenest Building’ underway in Shanghai, as well as the super slender One Victoria project for the Royal Society of Victoria. At the same time, we are delivering a 275m Hyatt Hotel tower in Ho Chi Minh City, three exciting pavilions in the Dubai Expo 2020 and some multi-residential and boutique hotel projects in Melbourne. 

What do you think is the fine balance dB(A) achieves when it comes to integrating its architecture, urban planning and interior architecture divisions? 

We see no rigid demarcation in design. Design is free from scale and division. We approach a project holistically – be it a chandelier or a city – from yield, through to innovation, we continuously look to understand what the purpose of the project is. We seek to refine and enhance that throughout the ‘disciplines’ in our network. We love to work with specialists in their fields, and to weave them into the story of the projects – a landscape approach to urban design, and interior perspective on facades- this way of seeing with fresh eyes brings intriguing propositions previously unexplored to the fore.

Are the new generation architects as passionate and as hardworking as senior architects like you?

Absolutely. Possibly (and thankfully) even more so! Our team is a diverse and capable tapestry of generations and cultures- all experienced and enthusiastic professionals. We thrive both on our differences and in our common passion for the exceptional.

Any advice for those wanting to pursue a career in architecture?

You have to love it – it has to call you. It will be clear to you already if that is true, so then try to discover what your own personal purpose is- and follow that with architecture as your instrument.

The future of CHTNetwork Australia & dB(A)?

Considering how CHTNetwork Australia seamlessly comple-ments its “networks” to project the “net worth” of their patrons; 

I believe that dB(A)’s partnership with one of the most influential networking platforms in the region will be ridden with success, mutual respect and newfound friendship. In a way, we’re both storytellers. Whilst my friends at CHTNetwork Australia help illustrate businesses and the profoundly professional, colourful people who bring them to life; we at dB(A) take pride in delivering exceptional outcomes by envisaging a world that has yet to exist whilst crafting that tale to our clients in an idealistic but practical manner. We as architects are charged with the rewarding and challenging task of convincing the world to believe in things that don’t yet exist, and the tools we employ in our craft helps us tell these stories more clearly, emotionally and effectively. I am most excited to see our mutually beneficial friendship with CHTNetwork Australia spread dB(A)’s vision to challenge the status quo and create the opportunity for us to explore, create and deliver on designs for projects that not only beautify, but also improves our world. 

Eco Green Hyatt Tower, Ho Chi Minh City
Wujin Lotus Wujin
Dylan Brady

CHTNetwork澳大利亚的主旨是创立具有建设性的、彼此尊重、健康互动的社交平台,成为“邂逅生活中一切美好事物”的中心。14年来,我们已在马来西亚打造了令人印象深刻的社交平台,如今CHTNetwork致力于搭建桥梁来连接澳大利亚、马来西亚与东盟的企业家们,彼此分享一个共生的人脉网络,尊重彼此的文化、建立互信互惠的企业家精神。而《御智澳大利亚》就是CHTNetwork用来“连接人脉”的专业杂志。

没有人比Dylan Brady更能体会和意识到企业全球化的优势,在他领导下的Decibel Architecture热衷于艺术的实用表达,有领先行业的技术和热诚干练的团队,致力于谱写关于社会设计城市的永恒的人文诗篇。

Dylan Brady近30年的职业生涯使他的建筑设计遍布亚洲各地,例如中国苏州文化艺术中心的建筑外观,越南即将建成的胡志明凯悦大厦等。另外,除了缔造奇迹的墨尔本联邦广场外观, dB(A)目前还在东南亚和中国有一系列的重大文化项目正在进行,进一步实践他的梦想“设计以人为本的建筑”,继续参与各地和全球经济与文化的对话。

《御智澳大利亚》杂志很荣幸能与他相识且进行了深入的采访:

Dylan Brady是何人?

我出生在墨尔本,深爱着这个城市和这里的人们。它是一个充满雄心和活力的国际化都市,也是我的”家“。

我把自己描述成一个丈夫、父亲和建筑师。它一直提醒我一个事件不要因为它紧急而忽略最重要的根本。独具一格是我的设计宗旨。建筑作为一种职业,它结合了艺术、雕塑、工程和城市人文。我毕生都在追求完美的设计——不断突破自我,创造新的机会、激发创造力和潜能。

Decibel Architecture (dB(A))设立至今已经有5年多的历史了,这些年来业务发展如浴春风。你认为一个成功企业最关键的3个特征是什么?
对我来说,成功企业的支柱是人、目标和产品。”人”是企业成功的基石——我和我的团队,客户和他们的团队,最重要的是我们共同的市场。”目标”是企业运行的核心—这让我们能够通过我们的创造来提炼并实现客户的目标。我们的“产品”必须是独具一格的,且能创造高绩效的结果,最终吸引人们作为合作伙伴或客户参与到我们的业务。

John Holland Headquarters, Melbourne

对全球架构的接触在多大程度上影响了dB(A)的设计理念?

建筑为人服务,人是全球的。我对此深信不疑。透过我们过去20年在澳大利亚和东南亚的工作与经验,我看到了挑战和机遇,也看到了建筑全球化的共识。一个地方的建筑经验会在世界另一个地方的建筑中得以提升,创新甚至超越。我们对世界各地的文化深感兴趣——求同存异,通过高科技的材料、工艺和施工来适应这个不断变化的世界。

身为studio505和后来dB(A)的创始人,你觉得最大的挑战是什么?还有你对公司在未来十年的前景看法?

时刻保持激情和热诚是一个好的建筑设计的基础。对变化和挑战保持开放态度是至关重要的—我们通过提高自身的适应性和坚韧性来应对外部和内部挑战。我们在这种关系中成长繁荣,维持职业操守和业界生态,客户和员工也能日益壮大。值得关注的是,作为一家企业,我们如何行动,最大限度地发挥影响力,让世界变得更美好。2030年的世界肯定会与今天大不相同—“变化“是唯一不变的真理。我们计划在未来,dB(A)对塑造未来的世界添砖加瓦,我们的核心价值观、原则和宗旨将继续积极参与贡献未来十年。

与其他建筑公司相比,客户为何要选择dB(A)? dB(A)如何拉开与竞争对手的差距?

dB(A)时刻保持新鲜视野。我们用慎密措施来应对满足和超越客户的经济目标。我们提倡深刻的战略思考、探索,研究和甚至挑战性的客户的要求,以确保最佳视角和附加价值。我们维持职业操守和业界生态,我们是独特的,我们的理念是:期望可以超越,愿望可以通过原创、鼓舞和创新的方式实践。因此,我们不怕大大小小的挑战,并积极地致力于解决。当你与dB(A)合作,你将直接与我们一起共事,共享我们的精彩。

建筑师与客户之间犹如艺术家和商人,怎么平衡他们的需求,同时又不失去本身的创造力?

建筑不仅仅是简单的装饰或者雕塑,它必须传递出超越美的印象。在dB(A)我们认为我们建筑设计就像乐器—以小提琴为例,它必须是精工细作、平衡,功能和优雅完美合一,小提琴的目的并非它本身,也不是让人能用它演奏,那只是它的功能 — 它最终的目的是让用它演奏的音乐给听众带来精神和灵魂上的愉悦。我们建造的项目有功能需求,但仍必须提升灵魂—嵌入到一个对象中的设计传达结果方面的重要价值—功能、形式和变革性。我们以同样的方式看待设计过程—所有的客户不仅是个体,而是志同道合的合作伙伴。我们是平等的,引导彼此走向卓越的结果。找到这个平衡点会有挑战性,但一切最好的经历都是如此。它最终会带来巨大的回报。

你们许多项目计划在规模上都令人印象深刻。如何在不损害项目整体构想的情况下实现精致的局部细节?
从吊灯到一座城市——我们坚信细节决定成败,通过独特设计思维,不断沟通,都在寻求实现这个目标。项目的最后3%就像奥运会比赛的前三名,从很好到优秀,从优秀到非凡。通过定义什么是一个项目的基础,我们创建了试金石,指导了与我们一起工作的每一双手,它使我们的努力一致,并使每个人贡献能最终汇聚成一个整体。

至今最令你感到骄傲自豪的项目计划是哪个?

你指的是我最喜爱哪个孩子?我对每一个项目都感到自豪,不管是已建成的还是未完成的。每一个都各具特色,但我对那些有明确目标的项目会有更深的关爱,因为它需要大胆的创新来实现。举例来说这些都并非单一例子,比如我们的公司所在地-像素大厦(Pixel Building),它持续激发全球生态建筑的发展和我们当前的工作的灵感; 黄廷芳综合医院(Ng Teng Fong Hospital)的病房,病人在我们创新的医学健康建筑中康复。One Victoria项目,建立在科学,创新和技术例外论的基础上,将为维多利亚皇家学会创建永久基金,倡导和提高维多利亚的科学能力;还有中国江苏常州的武进莲花公园(Wujin Lotus),将持续为当地人带来欢乐,在人们心中占有一席之地。我为这些感到骄傲,但最终,我目前最自豪的是Decibel Architecture本身,因为我们可以缔造一个文化,从设计到实践,然后兑现和贡献令人瞩目的成果,我为这样的团队感到骄傲。

dB(A)目前正在进行、激奋人心的新项目计划是什么?

我们刚为John Holland完成了新的室内装修,这是一个7500平方米的工作场所,非常兴奋地看到它焕然一新。我们在筹备设计几个酒庄和宴会中心,还在为日本和塔斯马尼亚州的一些有趣的项目做总体规划。我们在上海有一座全新“世界最绿色的建筑”,还有为维多利亚皇家学会打造超级环保的One Victoria项目。同时,我们还将在胡志明市建设一座高275米的凯悦酒店,2020年迪拜世博会的三个激奋人心展馆,还有墨尔本的一些多功能住宅和精品酒店项目。

你认为dB(A)怎么在建筑设计、城市规划和室内设计的整合上取得良好平衡?

其实设计无任何严格界定,而且也不受尺度和划分的限制。从整体上看待一个项目计划——无论是一盏吊灯还是一座城市—从收益到创新,我们不断深入了解和挖掘这个项目的目标。试图透过我们的资源来完善和增强这一“准则”。我们喜欢与各领域的专家一起工作,并将他们编织到项目的故事中——城市设计的景观方法,立面的室内视角——以新鲜视野看待问题的方式,将之前未被探索的有趣命题展现大家面前。

现在新一代的建筑师是否能像你们这一代的资深前辈一样有激情和奋斗精神吗?
当然。可能(谢天谢地)甚至有超越!我们的团队综合了不同的年龄层与文化背景,都拥有丰富的经验,对建筑充满热诚。我们克服彼此的差异,为共同理想携手同行。

对那些想要从事建筑行业的人有什么建议吗?

你首先必须热爱它—才能得到它的呼应。如果你已经很清楚你对建筑的热爱,那么试着去发掘你的人生目标——然后用建筑武装自己,去追随实现它。

关于 CHTNetwork 澳大利亚 & dB(A)的未来?

考虑到CHTNetwork澳大利亚不间断的投注心力在本身的“网络-networks”,以促进客户的“资产净值-net worth”;我相信,dB(A)与这个本区域最具影响力的网络平台之一的合作必定取得成功,并且相互尊重,结下新的友谊同盟。在某种程度上,我们都是叙述故事的人。当CHTNetwork的朋友们为大家展示了许多优质企业和深刻的专业,还有将丰富多彩的人们带到生活中; 但我们dB(A)以一种理想化但实际的方式为客户打造一个尚未存在的世界,并以此为荣。作为建筑师,我们肩负着让世界相信“尚未存在的事物”这一富有挑战性的任务,而我们在专业工艺中使用的工具帮助我们更清晰、更感性、更有效地讲述这些故事。我很高兴看到我们与CHTNetwork的互惠友谊传播了dB(A)的愿景;即挑战现状,为我们探索、创造和兑现项目设计创建机遇,不仅是美化,也改善我们的世界。

Melbourne Design Showcase, HK 2017 

Bilateral Torque 多谋善虑

Senator David Van
Victorian senator of the Australian Parliament
澳大利亚维多利亚州参议员

Senator David Van was born and raised in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.  Van was elected as a Victorian senator for a six-year term in the Australian Parliament in 2019 representing the centre-right Liberal Party.   

Prior to his election, Senator Van ran his own business specialising in crisis management.  His unique approach to solving reputational problems meant his skills were in demand in Australia and internationally, including Malaysia.   

“Australians and Malaysians share many values and this leads to better outcomes when working together.  I would like to work closely with Malaysia on areas of mutual interest and, where possible, bring Malaysian innovation and investment to Victoria.” 

Senator Van has been a long-time supporter of Victoria’s diverse and multi-cultural demography.  Since his election to the Senate, this experienced and well-liked politician used his position to try and bring the many communities together in Melbourne by regularly hosting consular round tables, ensuring all voices are heard.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Van called out on the racism facing international students in Australia.  In a letter to The Star he wrote, “It is unacceptable that anyone should have to put up with such cowardly and reprehensible racist behaviour.  It is utterly un-Australian and is condemned by all Australians.  Every person in Australia – whether they arrived here recently, or their families have walked these lands since time immemorial – should never face aggressive acts based on their heritage.”  

Senator Van also believes strongly that the best way to improve people’s lives is to give them the ‘dignity of work’ in secure, well-paid and safe jobs. A champion for small businesses, this dapper individual has a passion for helping them overcome many hurdles. “Small businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy and enabling them to thrive with lower taxes, less red tape and more opportunity is the best way to give more Australians a secure future.”

He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, especially diving and has dived in some of Malaysia’s best dive spots. 

David Van参议员出生和成长在墨尔本的海湾郊区。身为右派的自由党代表,自2019年开始,他当选为维多利亚州的参议员,并且在澳大利亚议会展开了6年的任期。  

在作为参议员前,David Van创立经营一家专门从事危机管理的公司。而解决信誉问题的独特方式也让他的技能在澳大利亚和国际上的获得热烈需求,其中包括在马来西亚。 

“我发现澳大利亚人和马来西亚人有许多趋同的价值观,双方的合作将产生最佳效益。我愿意与马来西亚在感兴趣的共同区域密切合作,并在可能的情况下,将马来西亚的创新和投资带到维多利亚。”

David Van一直以来都是维多利亚多样和多元文化构成的拥护者。他自当选参议员以来,试图运用本身职务之力将墨尔本众多社区联系在一起,定期举办领事圆桌会议,确保维多利亚社群的声音被聆听。  

在COVID-19大流行病期间,他也以参议员的身份呼吁关注在澳大利亚的国际学生面临种族歧视的现象。David在给《星报》的一封信中说:“任何人都无法容忍这种懦弱和应当受到谴责的种族歧视行为。这完全不是澳大利亚的风格,理应被每个澳大利亚人唾弃。在澳大利亚的每一个人,无论是近期抵达,或是他们的家人自古就在这片土地上生活,绝不该因本身传统而遭受类似侵略行为。”

他也坚信,改善人们生活的最好办法是提供一份有保障、报酬优厚、安全的工作,让他们有工作的尊严。他热心协助小型企业克服种种困难,“小型企业是澳大利亚经济的引擎室,使他们能够以较低的税收,减少繁文缛节和获得更多机会,这是给与更多澳大利亚人一个安全未来的最佳方式。”

另外,David Van爱好各种户外活动,尤其是潜水,他曾在马来西亚一些最好的潜水景点体验。

What If You’re An Antiquarian Bookseller 如果你是一名古董书商

Douglas Stewart
Owner of the Douglas Stewart Fine Books Pty. Ltd
Douglas Stewart 精品书有限公司所有者

Douglas began buying and selling books in 1995, while still in high school. Fascinated with some of the oldest prints from the western world, he knew that the perks of doing something he enjoys, would not necessarily be about owning any books.

“Although I may not be able to afford to collect the books that I would want, the great joy about my job is that I get to surround myself with books all day. And then every now and again, one will leave and go into a collector’s home and another one will come in.” 

It gives him a real thrill when books they have rescued occasionally end up in the State or the National Library. What could be better than knowing they are placed into a collection where it will be preserved for future generations.

One of his most exciting moments as a bookseller was dealing with the buying and selling of a single page of the Gutenberg bible, regarded as the first book ever printed in the western world in 1455. While there are no complete copies of the Gutenberg bible left in private hands today, they are available in museums and libraries. 

Following the topics on old and rare books, Douglas further commented on works found closer to our shores, “In China, they had prints made from woodblock and moveable type far earlier than that, probably from the 8th and 9th centuries. And very occasionally you get examples of printings from Asia.”

According to Douglas, the most interesting books to do with Asia are the ones that document first contact. These books dictated some of the westerners’ first encounter with the people from China, Japan, the Philippines and even India. 

“Often the Europeans would bring over a printing press to print books on the ground, perhaps for missions in Japan, China or India. These books are rare because they only print a handful of them. And due to the climate and cultural conditions, only a few of them survived.”

Douglas and his team have also handled some rare books printed on rice paper by missionaries who were travelling around Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Australia also has some remarkable tales of its own. A legendary rarity believed to be the first book on Australia, is a copy of Francois Pelsaert’s  story of the shipwreck of the Batavia, one of Australia’s most gripping in all maritime history. This very first edition of Pelsaert is one of the rarest of Dutch voyages and a foundation book for Australia. Available for purchase for A$400,000, it is the most expensive book they have in stock at the moment. 

While first edition of a shipwreck printed in 1647 may instantly command an exquisite price tag, little ephemeral things from our daily lives can also be a collector’s item. 

“My favorite was an original concert program from Woodstock in 1969. The program was actually water stained because very famously the heavens opened and the rain came down and everybody was completely saturated. And this program obviously caught the rain in Woodstock,” said Douglas.

Between exhibiting at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair and other book fairs in Los Angeles, Tokyo or Paris, Douglas’ love for art often sees him visiting art galleries and exhibitions even during his travels. “ I love seeing what’s on display because I enjoy seeing what different people value in different parts of the world. And so, I’m always learning.”

For many years Douglas has been a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), and is currently the President of ANZAAB. He is also a Mentor for the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Douglas Stewart并非一般的书商。他对艺术和旅游的兴趣已经超出大部分人所能享受的范畴。而渴望寻求发现首个被遗忘的长期航海旅行,他最近收购Ferdinand Mendez Pinto的记叙书,这些最早的目击者是巡游马来半岛、暹罗、南圻国,中国和日本的西方人,正是类似事迹激发他作为古董书商的兴致。

在澳大利亚墨尔本的Armadale大街上,他的精品书店-Douglas Stewart Fine Books与其他古董商、画廊和书店为邻,展示着全球各地最稀有的书籍、文本和艺术品。

Douglas从1995年开始进行书本买卖,那时他还在上高中。他着迷于西方世界一些最古老的画作,他知道即使自己非常享受工作,但并非一定能够拥有任何书籍。

“可能买不起我想要的书,但这个工作最大的乐趣是可以整天徜徉在书本的海洋中。然后,时不时有些书本会离我而去,到另外收藏者的家里,而一些书本会进驻。”

当他们所“拯救”的书籍偶尔被送到州或国家图书馆时,他感到非常兴奋。知道它们被妥善收藏,为下一代保存下来,还有比这个更好的事吗?

“在专业本能上来说,我会因为一本书找到合适的归宿而感到快乐。所以,在很多情况下,我们都能找到别人前所未见的书籍版本。”

作为一名身经百战的书商,他最激动人心的时刻之一就是完成古腾堡圣经(Gutenberg bible)单页的买卖交易。古腾堡圣经被认为是西方世界在1455年印刷的第一本书。虽然现在确认没有完整的古腾堡圣经存留在私人收藏者手中了,但是在博物馆和图书馆里都可以找到。

而在触及古老书籍和珍本书籍的话题后,Douglas进一步评论了在澳大利亚近岸发现的作品:“在中国,用木刻和活字印刷的画作远早于此,或是在8世纪和9世纪。偶尔还会收到一些来自亚洲的印刷品。”

根据他的说法,关于亚洲最有趣的部分是那些记录了第一次感受的叙事书籍。这些书籍记录西方人与来自中国、日本、菲律宾甚至印度人的初次接触。

欧洲人经常会带来一台印刷机,在地面上印刷书籍,也许是为了去日本、中国或印度执行任务。这些只印了几本的书很罕见,数量有限。由于气候和文化条件,只有少数能保存下来。”

Douglas和他的团队还经手了17、18世纪在亚洲旅居的传教士用宣纸印刷的珍本书籍。

而澳大利亚也有本身的传奇故事。被认为是关于澳大利亚的第一本书的传奇珍品,是由Francois Pelsaert所著关于巴塔维亚号海难故事的副本,巴塔维亚号海难是澳大利亚海运史上最扣人心弦的故事之一。Francois Pelsaert这本书的第一版是荷兰航海史上最罕见的作品之一,也是澳大利亚的根基书籍。这本书售价40万澳元,是他们目前库存中最昂贵的书籍。

纵然1647年出版的海难第一版书籍是肯定标价不菲,但实际上日常生活中那些记录着转瞬即逝的小东西也可能成为收藏者的珍藏品。

“我最喜欢的是伍德斯托克(Woodstock)1969年一个原创音乐会活动。这个节目演出是充满水渍的,因为当时最经典的是:天堂已经打开下雨了,每个人被雨水渗透。这个活动显然在伍德斯托克与雨水邂逅。”

在纽约国际古董书展(New York International Antiquarian Book Fair)和洛杉矶、东京或巴黎的其他书展之间,Douglas 对艺术的热爱让他经常流连于画廊和展览,甚至在旅行期间也是如此。“我喜欢看展览会,因为从中可以发现世界各地不同的人们所重视的珍品。所以,我一直在学习。”

多年来,Douglas Stewart一直是澳大利亚和新西兰古董书商协会(ANZAAB)的成员,目前是ANZAAB的会长。他也是国际古董书商联盟的导师。