Natural stone is being used beyond the traditional countertop application and incorporated in ways that are unique to the design industry. Known for their belief in elevating stone to a fine art and a passion for pushing the boundaries of designing with natural stone, we sat down with Aria Stone Gallery to talk trends, their overall inspiration, and the future of stone.
As we celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we look to the beginning and reflect on the inspiration behind Aria Stone Gallery:
“It all started when I visited the National Museum in Stockholm and had the opportunity to explore their installation of Slow Art and understand its philosophy and fundamentals. Like the burgeoning Slow Food movement’s call to think about where our meals come from, Slow Art is about being more aware of the origin and history of the materials used in artwork. It forces people to concentrate on a single piece rather than zoom by, fighting the desire to graze and instead diving deep. I was intrigued by the concept of appreciating the beauty of slowly and carefully developed art, and started to wonder how I could apply those concepts to the stone industry and design world. And that’s where Aria comes in. It’s about truly appreciating the food, the painting or in Aria’s case the pieces of Art that nature has created so slowly over centuries.” – Vinny Tavares, Aria Stone Gallery’s Owner
“We wanted to create a museum-like atmosphere that would force people to concentrate on single piece rather than zoom by, fighting the desire to graze and instead diving deep, discovering the intricacies of a particular slab and hopefully resulting in an emotional connection to one of our stones.” – Vinny Tavares, Owner of Aria Stone Gallery
In an effort to commemorate our past and look to the future, Aria Stone Gallery is highlighting 5 unique ways to use natural stone that have stood the test of time. As we continue to push design boundaries, our goal of helping our clients discover the uniqueness and beauty of natural stone is being achieved even further than we could’ve dreamed. There is an evolving push towards appreciating natural stone to it’s fullest by utilizing it in unique applications beyond the traditional forms, and Aria is here to weigh in and make a lasting impact within the design community.
Aria’s continual goal is thinking outside of the box and creating one-of-a-kind installations that can not be replicated. That’s the real beauty in these 5 design features – they aren’t just trends; They are design and innovation at its best, utilizing natural stone in luxurious and unique applications.
- NATURAL STONE WALL ART
Stunning. Unexpected. A completely organic piece of art. Utilizing your very own hand-selected, natural stone slab as an art piece is an innovative and unique way of bringing Earth’s beauty inside your home!
- BOOKMATCHED NATURAL STONE HEADBOARDS
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard, “wow, I want this stone in my bedroom so I can look at it all the time!” from clients visiting the Aria Stone Gallery showroom. There is something so beautiful about surrounding a place of rest with a natural substance. It adds a sense of relaxation and organic wonder to a space, effortlessly and gracefully.
- NATURAL STONE FURNITURE
A wonderful aspect about stone is that is can be shaped and molded into just about anything you can dream of! We have had the honor of partnering with a number of talented artists that have envisioned our natural stone in forms beyond the ordinary: beautifully hand-crafted pieces of furniture that stand the test of time.
- ENTIRELY BOOKMATCHED FEATURE WALLS
Many of our clients believe in the saying, “go big or go home”, and we don’t have a problem with that! Completely cladding a wall or room in bookmatched natural stone has remained such a luxe trend all over the world, and it never fails to make a statement.
- QUAD-MATCHED FIREPLACES
Most natural stone is heat-resistant, which means it makes for an excellent fireplace application. Quadmatching is a trend growing increasingly popular everywhere we look, as it brings a sense of creativity and imagination into something that seems like an ordinary object.