Norges Bank in Norway announced earlier today that designs by two Oslo based studios were chosen to feature on Norway’s new banknotes, they will arrive in circulation during 2017.
Snøhetta’s pixellated design looks great, and as with all design work there is a reason behind the pixelation; the amount of distortion depicts the wind speed at the time.
Snøhetta’s design for the reverse of the notes features a pixellated image of the country’s coastline, the amount of distortion depicting the wind speed as it whips up with each denomination
“Snøhetta’s design, ‘Beauty of Boundaries’, renders images from the Norwegian coastal landscape in a mosaic-like pixellated form. Using a modern visual langauge, say the studio, they aimed to respresent where the sea and land meet, reflecting the communities which thrive on the coast.”
The reverse of the new notes represent a more traditional approach for the currency. It features beautiful illustration of seafaring objects and other buildings, these were designed by the Metric System.
[Original image source: Creative Review]
Front of the banknotes
Reverse of the banknotes