The BIC ballpoint is a triumph of efficient design; it’s also a pretty good mascot for disposable consumption, with 100 billion having been manufactured since the 1950s. But empty pens are good for more than just landfill: chain 10,000 together, and you can have yourself a neat canopy.

The ‘BIC pavilion’ is a clever structure engineered mostly from BIC Crystal pens, which I guess pose some passing resemblance to something you might find in a chandelier. The aim of the project isn’t to create something useful, though: it’s “more about the process transforming its initial function. It is about designing with components rather than norms”.

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The canopy is on display at the Muziekgebouw in the Netherlands until August 20th.

[Archdaily]


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