Monocle on Design

On the money

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10 May 2016

Episode 239

30 minutes


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This week we unearth a few treasures in an industry not so synonymous with design – that of money. We ask the team at Snøhetta how they revamped the Norwegian bank note, consider how the Balkans’ turbulent past is reflected in its various currencies and visit the British Museum for a lesson on world history through numismatics. Plus: Adrian Shaughnessy joins us to discuss the handsome new Unit Editions tome ‘Graphic Stamps’.

10 May 2016

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Snøhetta: redesigning the Norwegian banknote

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Oslo-based design firm Snøhetta has given Norway’s banknotes a striking redesign befitting of the nation’s newly minted status as a Nordic design capital. Managing director of brand design Martin Gran tells us about the project.

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Vladimir Dulovic

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Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, three of the new western Balkan nations (if you recognise Kosovo) now use the Euro, while the other four have their own currency. As you’d expect from a region with a history of ethnic conflict, cash still carries symbolic meaning beyond its monetary value. Monocle’s Belgrade correspondent Guy De Launey meets historian Vladimir Dulovic.

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Ben Alsop

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The Citi Money Gallery at the British Museum documents over 4,000 years of money from around the world in all its variety and complexity. Curator Ben Alsop gives us a tour and explains how world history is reflected in coin design.

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Adrian Shaughnessy

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Adrian Shaughnessy is the co-founder of London-based publisher Unit Editions and one of the editors of its new book ‘Graphic Stamps’. He joins us in the studio to explain how stamps have acted as tiny canvasses for great graphic art.

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