The Museu de les Arts Decoratives in Palau Reial de Pedralbes brings together an eclectic assortment of furnishings, ornaments and knick-knacks dating as far back as the Romanesque period. The plush and somewhat stuffy elegance of Empire- and Isabelline-style divans can be neatly compared with some of the more tasteless ideas to emerge on the subject of seating in the 1970s. It is planned eventually to house these collections in a brand-new design museum in Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. When this will happen is open to speculation and, in the meantime, some of the collection will get a new temporary home in what was until 2008 the Museu Tèxtil i d’Indumentària in La Ribera. The bulk of that museum’s collection is now on show here. Its 4000 items range from 4th-century Coptic textiles to 20th- century local embroidery, but best is the big collection of clothing from the 16th century to the 1930s. In time, the crème de la crème of each of the two collections will form the bedrock of the new design museum.