These images document Ignasi Monreal’s Room 29, the third iteration of his Sobremesa series, shown in Italy and China and most recently set against the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in December 2023. Presented by Vardan Gallery, Ignasi’s trompe l’œil recreate the decadence of a dinner turned hotel party, with leftovers and nudes painted onto plates and screens. Ignasi told us:
‘The installation sought to capture the feeling of guilt that the morning after provokes, knowing that despite it, the allure of the fun memories will draw one back. The Chateau Marmont, thanks to its reputation as an institution for indulgence, served as the perfect canvas to reflect upon moments of loneliness amid the relics of questionable decisions made in the company of friends and strangers’.
‘I wanted the audience to feel like trespassers in someone’s private space, a dirty and dishevelled room where traces of the previous night are actually pieces of art. In fact, we had an episode with the hotel cleaning service because they mistook the artworks for dirt, and a couple ended up in the trash. Thank God, in the end, we managed to recover them. I told the cleaner, “I know these artworks are trashy, but they’re far from trash”.
We first interviewed the Barcelona-born and currently Lisbon-based artist in 2020, which led to the contribution of his recipe for ‘Aioli Munchies’ to our Apartamento Cookbook #7: Late-Night Meals, published in 2022. Ignasi is renowned for his designs for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as well as collaborations with Gucci, Cartier, Bulgari, Vogue, and more.
To expand on Ignasi’s Sobremesa series, we commissioned Apartamento contributor Jack Bool to capture the Room 29 project, pairing his images with a short story written by Jago Rackham, who appears in Apartamento magazine issue 32 alongside his partner Lowena Hearn.