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.
Images via Angela Mathis