Barcelona has never held the status of World Design Capital, but the presence of Museu del Disseny makes the city a magnet in the design world.
The Museum, which in English translates to the Design Museum of Barcelona, opened in December 2014. The concept is a combination of four museums: the Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Museu Textil i d’Indumentària, Gabinet de les Arts Grafiques, and Casa Bloc Apartment Museum. The 8,000-square-meter complex resides in the very artistic public space, Plaça de les Glòries.
In the four-story museum, MBM Arquitectes claim that approximately 70,000 objects are on display from the category of textiles, fashion, graphics, ceramics, furniture, and interior decor. Guests can find some impressive displays including ceramics made by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro and dresses sewn in 1958 by Cristobal Balenciaga. Special to the ground floor, a public library covering an area of 900 square meters holds about 22,000 books, magazines, and catalogs.
From February to mid-May 2015, the Museu del Disseny is holding an exhibition titled Disseny per Viure, which explores the correlation between design and everyday life, curated by Oscar Guayabero, faculty at Eina and Elisava design school and winner of Narratives o Award 2002. Entrance fees are priced at US$5 and free every first Sunday of the month.
For more information, visit Museu del Disseny.
This article originally appeared in the March/April print issue of DesinAsian Indonesia magazine (“Creation Catalan”)