Barcelona's newest museum – Disseny Hub Barcelona – is now home to over 70,000 items from four previously independent museums. Amalgamating works from the Decorative Arts Museum, the Ceramics Museum, the Textile and Clothing Museum and also the Graphic Arts Cabinet, the city's newest attraction takes up 8,000 square meters, just off the Plaza de les Glories.
The museum itself is a design feature, created as a metal-clad structure. It's characterized by a flexible, inclusive discourse, highlighting the transversal aspects of the four large collections from which it acquired its pieces.
The beauty of this museum is that it allows people to focus on the more specific facets from each collection. The newly combined showing includes furniture, clothing, poster designs and ceramics, which all aim at encouraging the visitor to delve into the historic role of the arts, especially in Catalonia.
Museu Del Disseny — Photo courtesy of Museu Del Disseny
Commenting on the design world, a spokesperson for the museum says, "Design is, to a certain extent, a consequence of the earlier decorative arts, whether as a reaction to their ornamental value or as exponents of the new industrial, post-industrial or digital world."
And in general, these "consequences" are incredibly stunning. Four exhibitions from the permanent collections – ones which reflect the dynamic nature of design, designers and society itself – will coincide with the opening of the museum. They will embody the product, graphic and fashion design, as well as artworks.
The Disseny Hub Design Museum is the first of its kind in Barcelona, a city that is already renowned for its innovation, creativity, architecture and art. The museum is situated in what some refer to as the "Silicon Valley of Barcelona," near plenty of young start-ups, entrepreneurs and think-tank types.
The museum is a great way for everyone to dabble in the world of design, as it's so broad, with a focus on a wide range of items. The four disciplines include space design, product design, information design and fashion, thus covering niches that appeal to a large number of people.
In a city historically linked to design, this project has been ongoing since the early 2000s, with the idea of creating one integral space in which to allow the public to understand design in a broader context. Today, almost 15 years later, that dream has become a reality.
This is an exciting place to visit during the evenings or on the weekends, with plenty of great restaurants and shopping nearby in case you're "designed out."