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Meet Vinny Tavares of Aria Stone Gallery in Dallas Design District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vinny Tavares.

Vinny, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born just outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil and went to school at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), where I got my undergrad. I majored in finance and at the time, thought I would be working with investment banking or private equity but had a very strong pull towards the art industries.

I was living in Los Angeles when a mutual friend I met during my exchange program at University of Texas Austin had just started a company and invited me to join. Life is full of connections. It was after that I started to source stone that I realized the beauty and art in stone. That is when my plans for Aria Stone Gallery came to being…

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. I was intrigued by the concept of appreciating the beauty of slowly and carefully developed art, and started to wonder how I could apply this concept 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 piece of art that nature has created so slowly over centuries. It’s in this context that I strongly encourage you to look – slowly, deliberately and thoughtfully – at each one of our carefully hand-picked slabs and immerse yourself in the history and uniqueness of each one of the pieces in Aria’s collection.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being the first in any industry to revolutionize and bring change will always have its challenges, but Aria is proud to have introduced this new wave of appreciating natural stone to its fullest potential, in which others are quickly following suite.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Aria Stone Gallery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Aria Stone Gallery believes each stone is a unique piece of artwork. Our curated collection of luxurious, hand-selected, natural stone is from the most exclusive quarries around the world. We prioritize displaying stone as works of art much like the experience and environment of visiting an art gallery so that you can experience the full beauty of each stone. The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart as a unique stone boutique. Instead of trying to fulfill a pre-determined stock list of standard materials, selections are made based on the uniqueness of each stone. Much like buying a diamond, materials are evaluated for their color, content, clarity, and consistency with consideration on how the vein structures lend to book match veining. Aria Stone Gallery only brings in first quality slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions. We are known to suppliers as being the strictest importer in the country.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
At Aria, continual growth and expansion is in our core and is a part of our birth as a whole. We are always passionate about serving our clients in innovative ways, making the process for them as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. We don’t believe in being stagnant, and as we look to the future we continue to search for new ways to inspire our clients through the pure beauty of natural stone.

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