Many of us have a flair for artfully arranging things, but before social media came along, we would have only been able to share this with those that we invited into our homes, or if we were really good, we may have become visual merchandisers, magazine stylists et al to fulfil our creative yearnings.
A fitting definition of a vignette is that is 'a brief but powerful scene. A good vignette leaves you wanting more'. It comes from the french word meaning 'little vine' and could have referred to the decorative details (traditionally leaves and trailing vines) that helped to illustrate books (separate chapters etc). With the advent of cinema - a vignette evolved to mean a short impression of a character, idea or setting.
The growth of visual mediums (Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr) on social media has inextricably linked the advent of the Smartphone, with the art of display . In addition, the popularity of collecting vintage and antique items to re-purposing and up-cycling as we strive to create more layered and individual interiors is a strong contributing factor. There is also a trend to use mundane and found items within our vignettes to ensure that they don't appear too sterile or overthought.
Creating vignette's and 'shelfies' should come with a warning as it can be incredibly addictive (not to mention fulfilling!) Not only do you have the satisfaction of improving a lack-lustre surface in your home but you also potentially get a buzz from the impact on social media that your image may create!
New Yorker and Stylist Hilary Robertson recently commented in her book 'The Stuff of Life' that "It's meditation of sorts" adding that you don't need anything except your eye and your chosen objects. "Even if nothing else in your room pleases you, you can transform one surface to your own satisfaction."
At Detail Collective we try to follow the ethos 'Make it simple but significant' and the above image is certainly one we would love to aspire to both for clients and at home. However, not many of us have the luxury of space to not fill, or the discipline required to keep it that way!
We do like to dabble in the art of the vignette every now again - check out our instagram for a little 'scene' we did recently at a workshop run by the Stylist & Photographer Kara Rosenlund (we feature a couple of her images in this blog post).
We hope this inspires you to scurry to your mantlepiece, shelves or sideboard to get re-arranging and we'd love to see the before and afters pics' ! (We will also give it a go, the desk I'm writing this on could do with some attention!)