Engaging in a constant fast-forward world means that we lose connection with the rhythms of the natural world around us. Recently, things have seemed to slow down as many of us have adapted to working from home. People are cooking, spending more time with family, going on long nature walks, and embracing all that life has to offer during a time of uncertainty. Re-connecting with these rhythms of the natural world is exactly how Aria Stone Gallery began.
Re-designing the Stone Industry
In a fast-selling world, no matter the industry, companies want to bring in products as quickly as they push them out. More often than not, this means sacrificing the quality of their products. At Aria Stone Gallery, our focus is to present only quality material after a long evaluation process. This process of Aria Stone Gallery’s owner and industry expert, Vinny Tavares, hand-selecting each material has brought back re-connecting to these rhythms of the natural world.
Embracing the Slow Movement
The Slow Art Exhibit in Stockholm intrigued Vinny since all the art on display took months and years to create with the value of quality over quantity. This value of slowness from slow art came to inspire how Aria Stone Gallery would select each material.
Obtaining the natural stone seen in our gallery is a long, but necessary journey. Natural stone itself takes hundreds if not thousands of years to come to fruition through the geological formation and the extraction process in quarries such as those in Carrara, Italy is an art form passed from generation to generation. But the journey does not end there. The last step of this long and thoughtful process is Vinny, hand-selecting each stone at the quarry as mentioned earlier, based on rarity, beauty, and quality, much like an art appraiser inspecting a work of art.
Advantage of Slowing Down
Carl Honore, an advocate of the Slow Movement said, “We’re so marinated in the culture of speed that we almost fail to notice the toll it takes on every aspect of our lives — on our health, our diet, our work, our relationships, the environment, and our community.” With technological advances, the world is at a constant fast forward motion and we lose the connections we once had not that long ago. Whether this is with our food, family, culture, or where we live.
With our gallery-like showrooms, our clients get to take time to slow down, walk the aisles, and be present in the moment while they browse our selection of natural stones.
The Slow Movement is the opposite of a fad, it’s simply self-care. To stop rushing through our lives and instead, spend the time actually living it. Re-connecting with natural rhythms and smell the roses.
As Aria has taken a great step forward with the recent announcement of an e-commerce platform, it is important to take a moment and remember where this great journey began. The origins of Aria are deep-seeded in an appreciation for art, design, and natural beauty through the Slow Art Movement.