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Museu del Disseny de Barcelona information
Barcelona's design museum lies inside a new monolithic building with geometric facades and a rather brutalist appearance – which has already earned the nickname la grapadora (the stapler) by locals. Architecture aside, the museum houses a dazzling collection of ceramics, decorative arts and textiles, and is a must for anyone interested in the design world.
Start at the top and work your way down. On the 4th floor, you'll enter the terrain of the graphic arts, specifically posters from Catalan firms dating from the post WWII years to the present. On the floor below, the museum provides a highly condensed overview of fashion from the 1500s onward. Among other things, you'll find a dramatically lit room with 19th-century crinolines (cage-like frames worn as an undergarment to hold up flouncy dresses), displayed like rare sea creatures inside giant glass tubes.
The 2nd floor is devoted to the decorative arts, with a wildly varied collection that includes 3rd-century Coptic works, an elaborate 16th-century Brussels tapestry, antique jewel-crusted pocket watches, and sculptural works by Picasso and Miró. Don't miss the glittering stained-glass panel created for the 1896 Expo. The 1st floor houses Catalan product design from the 20th century – worth a quick peak for the furniture.
Temporary exhibitions run the gamut from 17th-century Turkish ceramics to cutting-edge fashion photography of today.