As the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. But Rotterdam-based designer interpreted the adage a little differently than most.
After discovering that the lifespan of a bill averages a mere 18 months before it's shredded, burned, and thrown away, Mathis began thinking about what else could be done with this "worthless" cash. Her solution: Upholstery.
Using deconstructed shreds of American dollars, English pounds, Indonesian rupees, and euros, the designer transformed common currency into vibrant textiles. Then, she used the multi-colored paper fabrics to cover basic furnishings.
Known as the "Value" series, Mathis's pieces currently includes four money-upholstered stools.
Her series raises an interesting question: what will become of cash currency as more and more of our transactions occur digitally (credit cards, we love you)? For Mathis, the answer is to find ways to recycle and reuse, instead of waste, these materials. (And she has a point considering that what's now considered "waste," could be down the line.)
Take a look at how Mathis does it.