When I think of a vignette in design I think of 'moments' captured like these from some of our design projects:
But the inspiration from other designers gives us a different eye into special corners of a room; well curated collections, or a photo of the most delicious textures, colors and shapes captured in a frame.
Here are some of my favorite room vignettes:
When I taught high school art years ago, I had the students cut a square in the middle of an index card for a view finder, and told them to hold it away from their face and look at items around them, indoors and out, to capture a 'moment', a 'frame' or a composition. This is a great way to find a composition to draw or paint, just as these photographed images above capture the best design vignettes.
Even though in real life, the entire room looks complete, it's these 'moments' that best capture the room. These 'pieces' of the room often look better in photos than the entire room and keep the room from looking like real estate photos.