An incredible 100 billion BIC ballpoint pens have been manufactured since the 1950s, and I’m pretty sure I have used and lost about 1,000 in my life thus far.
Instead of simply throwing away thousands of empty pens, 10,000 of them were used in order to create the ‘BIC Pavilion’ structure you see in the image above.
The whole point of the design was to create something useful or interesting from an object other than its intended purpose.
Basically, it’s “more about the process transforming its initial function. It is about designing with components rather than norms.”
I might just make one of these with all the useless pens I have and hang it in my living room.