Upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

Value upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

The idea of upcycled money may seem paradoxical, but Angela Mathis isn’t the first to make art out of cold hard cash in order to play with our perception of value (see this post on Justine Smith). This Swiss-born/London-based designer however takes the reuse of currency to new heights with her graduation project ‘Value’. It turns out that the average life of a note is scarcely 18 months before it is de-commissioned and burned. Without its value “any paper bill is worth nothing more than its material composition; a mix of cotton and linen,” explains Mathis.

Value is a range of stools with seats made from a new textile formed of shredded notes. She created a series of stools with each design comprising a different combination of currencies, making the most of the purple hues of the English pounds or brown Indonesian rupees.

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Images via Angela Mathis

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).