Fodor's Expert Review Disseny Hub

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This center of activity represents the efforts of Barcelona's urban planners to put all the city's designer eggs in one basket and to plant an eye-catching architectural anchor in the long-delayed renewal project on Plaça de les Glòries. The new building is home to no less than four museum collections: the Museu de Arts Tèxtil i Indumentària (Textiles and Clothing Museum) of fashion, embroidery, jewelry, and accessories from ancient times to modern haute couture; the Museu de Ceràmica (Ceramics Museum), tracing the evolution of ceramic arts from 13th-century Moorish influences to the present, with a number of pieces by Miró and Picasso; the Museu de les Arts Decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts), devoted mainly to the historical high arts of furniture and furnishings; and the Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques (Graphic Arts Collection) of posters, packaging, typographic styles, and printed papers. The DHUB store has a fine selection of books on design as well as reproductions that... READ MORE

This center of activity represents the efforts of Barcelona's urban planners to put all the city's designer eggs in one basket and to plant an eye-catching architectural anchor in the long-delayed renewal project on Plaça de les Glòries. The new building is home to no less than four museum collections: the Museu de Arts Tèxtil i Indumentària (Textiles and Clothing Museum) of fashion, embroidery, jewelry, and accessories from ancient times to modern haute couture; the Museu de Ceràmica (Ceramics Museum), tracing the evolution of ceramic arts from 13th-century Moorish influences to the present, with a number of pieces by Miró and Picasso; the Museu de les Arts Decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts), devoted mainly to the historical high arts of furniture and furnishings; and the Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques (Graphic Arts Collection) of posters, packaging, typographic styles, and printed papers. The DHUB store has a fine selection of books on design as well as reproductions that make great gifts to take home. The building itself, by MBM Arquitectes (Oriol Bohigas, doyen of the firm, was the prime mover in much of Barcelona's makeover for the 1992 Olympics), juts out like a multistoried wedge into the Plaça de les Glòries, anchoring a traffic hub where the Diagonal meets the Avenida Meridiana. Originally built to be the new city center, the Glòries (designed by Eixample architect Ildefons Cerdà) had been run-down and unnavigable for decades. Next door to the Hub is the Mercat dels Encants open-air flea market (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9–8), Barcelona's biggest, reborn in the same project that produced the museum, with a whimsical, undulating mirrored roof. The Mercat is prime grazing land for old furniture, vintage clothing, and bric-a-brac of all sorts.

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Pl. de les Glòries Catalans 37–8
Barcelona, Catalonia  08018, Spain

93-256–6800

www.museudeldisseny.cat

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €6, valid for 2 days; free Sun. 3–8 and all day 1st Sun. every month; 30% discount with Bus Turistic tickets, Closed Mon.

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