Win this Stunning Recycled Bic Pen Chandelier – Worth $1200

by , 02/20/11

Light up your eco pad – score this $1200 Volivik chandelier for free!

Let there be light! If your pad has been looking drab, brighten it up with this conversation-starting Volivik chandelier made from 347 recycled bic pens. Truly a statement piece, this magnificent green light fixture is worth $1200, but we’re teaming up with EcoFirstArt to give it away to one very lucky reader for zero dollars and zero cents. So if you want to elevate your living spaces from mundane to magnificent, enter our giveaway now to win!


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  1. savey September 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    My cousin just opened her fab hair salon and I would love to give her this as a gift for her beautiful new venture! What a creative idea!

  2. Michelle Becker-Bernas December 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Anyone who knows me knows I hate waste. When I took my position at work, the first thing I did was reduce paper usage by more than 70% by converting everything to digital forms and files. Each week my recycling bin goes to the curb while my garbage bin goes out every three weeks. I made my backyard deck out of pallets and other free materials found on craigslist. I’m the queen of reuse!!! I would love to reuse this chandelier!!

  3. greentone enviro design December 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

    This chandelier is amazing! It is unique, creative, upcycled and provocative. I would cherish this beautiful piece of Green lighting.

  4. Lori Tidwell Wyant December 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Repurposing. Reinventing. Rethinking. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. pittsburghphotographer October 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    This would look AMAZING in our cob/straw bale home that we are building. The home features a lofted area and the south-facing wall will be just over 15 feet tall. While we’ll have a living roof that will keep the slope of the roof fairly low we will still have a challenge finding the right lighting feature to hang over the table that will sit near the south facing wall. A signature piece like this would be incredible!

    Even if we don’t win I might share this with the folks at Assemble (a local arts collective) that pulls things from the waste stream and see if together we could make me something as awesome as this!

  6. samnarisa1 April 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I love the chandelier, it proves you can turn trash into treasure. Spreading the message to guests of everything’s possibility to be renewed.

  7. greencow March 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I am a designer and I have been doing my house up the last few years with furniture I have got from freecycle or charity shops. I have just taken out a loan to add a conservatory as it will be a great studio will the most natural light I could hope to get with our being outside. (I live in Wales so there’s always chance of rain)

    I thought I’d get a chandelier which I could do up but I didn’t want anything that would clash with the modern look I was going for. So I did a Google search and there was the most perfect chandelier. Modern, made of recycled materials and that quirky design edge I always try and incorporate in my own projects. Love it :)

  8. djdora March 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Storytelling. The more I can relate to your story, the more you feel inclined to exchange your story. And even though I don’t “know” you, haven’t met you, I can guess you are someone who is disgusted with the idea of disposable pens. And you have a lot to say about it. Obviously, you are eco conscious, so we can relate. Oh–and I too usually have a lot to say. But I wonder if it goes deeper than this for you: Do you struggle with expressing yourself (especially through writing)? Is this creation an avenue by which you express what you cannot in words? Or, do you place light behind pens because you are illuminating the world with what cannot be expressed in words?

    As some have supposed, I certainly don’t think you intended to be seen as a pen benefactor; otherwise, I would directly ask you to support my husbands incessant need for pens because you seem to have an unending supply. And, I however, do not. But this would be selfish of me to want to see my own pens safely back in their peaceful resting place. And, afterall, how do they even know if there is ink in any of these pens? Or that you aren’t just a Bicophile? 😉

  9. rustandgold February 22, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I was recently hit by an SUV that ran a stop sign while bicycling to my job at an environmental nonprofit. The damage wasn’t too bad, but I’m hoping that I’ve got some good karma coming my way, considering that the gas-guzzling guy took off and my bike is busted.

    I would love it if my karma points came in the form of a beautiful recycled lamp to brighten my cheap apartment. This chandelier would be an awesome reminder that being green can be both functional and beautiful and doesn’t usually involve eating pavement. It can illuminate the artwork I’m going to make out of my bicycle parts and crutches!

  10. jennc February 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    The beauty of this chandelier only grows as you observe it more carefully. The use of disposable items to create something new adds a deeper, inspiring awe to this piece. It wouldn’t just replace an old lamp, it would prevent the need to consume the new materials to satisfy our desire for design. It represents the purest form of recycling while artfully drawing attention to the beautiful form of everyday objects, reminding us that beauty and innovation is about more than a carbon footprint. I try to do what I can for the environment by turning off electronics when I am not using them, composting materials whenever possible and recycling things I no longer need. It pains me every time I see a piece of furniture out on the street, being ruined by the weather instead of being donated to another family. I am an owner of a lot of used clothes and second-hand furniture. While I can afford to buy new, I think recycling is important so new materials aren’t wasted.

    This lamp would be gorgeous addition to my hand-me-down and craigslist-stocked apartment. I am not a design student, an environmental expert or architecture – I am just a regular person trying to do all that I can and encourage others to take the small steps to create a better world. What I can say is that this lamp would be a focal point in my dining room, a source for inspiration and discussion. It would be loved and appreciated for years and years to come. This chandelier is a beautiful piece and represents that waste is what we make of it – we have the ability to work together and create something beautiful instead of adding to the to the problem.

  11. jennc February 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The beauty of this chandelier only grows as you observe it more carefully. The use of disposable items to create something new adds a deeper, inspiring awe to this piece. It wouldn’t just replace an old lamp, it would prevent the need to consume the new materials to satisfy our desire for design. It represents the purest form of recycling while artfully drawing attention to the beautiful form of everyday objects, reminding us that beauty and innovation is about more than a carbon footprint. I try to do what I can for the environment by turning off electronics when I am not using them, composting materials whenever possible and recycling things I no longer need. It pains me every time I see a piece of furniture out on the street, being ruined by the weather instead of being donated to another family. I am an owner of a lot of used clothes and second-hand furniture. While I can afford to buy new, I think recycling is important so new materials aren’t wasted.

    This lamp would be gorgeous addition to my hand-me-down and craigslist-stocked apartment. I am not a design student, an environmental expert or architecture – I am just a regular person trying to do all that I can and encourage others to take the small steps to create a better world. What I can say is that this lamp would be a focal point in my dining room, a source for inspiration and discussion. It would be loved and appreciated for years and years to come. This chandelier is a beautiful piece and represents that waste is what we make of it – we have the ability to work together and create something beautiful instead of adding to the to the problem.

  12. rittenhouse February 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I am an artist and anxious to get involved with eco-art. I need this Chandelier to prove to my cynic husband that using items that would otherwise be viewed as trash for the dump can be re-created to make beautiful items worthy to be called ART!

  13. strottnow February 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I remember the first time I saw the Bic Pen Chandelier. It was in a daily news letter from this website (2007). I was working on my senior project for school. I used it as the center piece for my project, redesigning a tattoo studio using green products. My biggest reason for using the chandelier was one; it’s probably the coolest thing ever and two, bic pens are oddly enough my favorite pen to use. Either way this was an inspiration for me. I don’t care if I win this, all I have to say is that as long as I have been receiving e-mails from I can honestly say that they have inspired me to be a better person and a better designer. Thank you and please continue to keep sharing with the world.

  14. twp28 February 21, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Brilliant idea! Literally and figuratively.
    As a writer, this is marvelous, but as a human who avoids disposable pens as though they were infectious, it’s a splendid silent reminder – even a rebuke – about thoughtless, every day wastefulness. It looks as though the quality of light it emits is charming and life-enhancing.
    Cheers to the creativity that turned waste into treasure.

  15. irduif February 21, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Hi There,

    I’d like this lamp, since it’s been 8 years I’ve had and have been moving around my IKEA lamp, with I think will fall apart next time I try to move it.

  16. asf_design February 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Well, my husband and I just moved to New York from Canada. I’m an Interior Designer who loves green design and had to sell all of my wonderful finds just scrounge up enough money to get to new york and follow our dreams. We’ve been trying to move to nyc for 3 years now, and winning this would mean so much, it would be our first piece in our apartment, aside from our bed (the one piece of furniture that we have right now). I wrote a little haiku poem to summarize:

    Following our dreams
    No furniture to our name
    Please light up our lives

    Thanks so much for the chance!

  17. magzterinn February 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love BIC pens and I love beautiful designs. I love my planet so I love recycling. And what a beautiful way to combine those things 😉 I’ve been looking for a chandelier for a long time now but I haven’t found anything I like enough untill now. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to buy one since I’m finally having a baby after 7 years of trying. So it would be great to win this one. 😉

    Btw I used BIC pens to decorate my brother’s gift for his confirmation 😉

  18. Tinaamo February 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I am a recycler from way back. This would be a testament to the Green way on how one can use everyday materials and turn them into useful items. I would be able show my Grandson each time he visits this wonderful chandelier and the meaning behind it.

  19. heidarthor February 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I am a designer and so I don´t have allot of money to spend on beautiful things like this awesome light. I bought a fantastic dining table for 12 people but I really need a light over it. Now I just use candles, romantic but not awesome all the time.

    I wold love to have this light over my dining table.

  20. chantelle February 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Such an amazing way to recycle and reuse! would look fabulous in my dining room

  21. naturalgirl February 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Flicker light, flicker bright, will you light up my house tonight? I love your re-usability, it’s sensibility. You will be used, instead of abused. Eco friendly, will you befriend me? I NEED you, you NEED me, we NEED green to have a clean scene. Please come home, to finish mama’s poem.

  22. katiefelver February 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Love this Design. I like the innovation of it using Pens. I would love to have this in my room because I think it is inspiring to look at. It tells me to think outside the box for new creations but also to not forget to look right in front of you for objects to use in designs (such as pens)! It would be a complete reminder every time I looked at it as to why I am becoming Interior Design Major. The reasons being the possibility to create something magnificent from something as ordinary and common as a pen.

  23. Howman February 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    My wife and I are decorating our dining room in an interesting Atomic Ranch/Retro 80’s/Frank Lloyd Wright style… So She finds a lamp/Chandelier she loves and asks me to make it for her… Being a designer I jump at the chance to prove my skills to my lovely wife… So I spend countless hours binding 1/8″ dowel piece by piece together with a tiny finger drill and wire, more countless hours gluing up Japanese screen paper over the frame and all the while engineering the ceiling mount on the fly.

    I finally get it ready for the final electrical connectors so off to the hardware store I go… So far so good. I get everything, put the purchase down beside my almost ready hero lamp and take a quick break to check e-mail and see if anything new is going on here on inhabitant…

    This is where I get to the part of why I need the lamp… I have three cats… One thinks she is a chicken and needed to be in my brand new cubic paper chandelier/egg… Rustling ensues. By the time I get there the almost new chandelier is wedged between my work bench and drafting table, cat inside, well half the cat… the pointy end anyways… with lots of pointy things freaking out because she is stuck, suspended half in and half out of my now not so new chandelier, three feet off the ground with no foot hold… After getting her out and unwedging my very not new chandelier from its resting place, I need a new chandelier.

  24. goz50 February 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I’m a pen hoarder from way back. I also have a massive collection of non working pens. How lovely it would be to gaze skyward to see pens put to good use in such a decorative way. Would make my living space the envy of all my friends who no doubt want their pens back….

  25. rebeccahermance February 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Wow! There are some awesomely creative comments. I would just love to have this beautiful piece of design hanging in my living room, so my baby girl doesn’t have to stare up at a horrid ceiling fan with bare bulbs. I love lighting, and this piece is truly inspired.

  26. donkeys mom February 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Well, I came onto this site looking for a chandelier/hanging light made of repurposed items. We were both out of work for almost 2 years and now are working. One of the first things we decided to do was find our ‘dream’ lighting solution which would be something ‘green’. I am a Bic pen user and it just really turns out kind of amazing. If I don’t win it, I would really like to buy one..There is so much on this site that enchants me…Thank you!

  27. paulettedixon February 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    green architecture
    recycled design
    347 Bic pens
    light up my mind

    crystals and clips
    hang from above
    filling my heart with
    sustainable love

  28. piepie February 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    We’ve been wanting a more unique pendant to hang above our dining table and replace the cheapo one we got at Lowe’s when we first moved in. I love that this one reuses household objects and makes them into a thing of beauty. And, of course, it’s always handy to have an extra pen around! (As long as it’s not a blue one. I have a rabid dislike of blue ballpoint ink, for some reason.)

  29. rnbjr February 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Every year the 12th grade class of my daughters high school is required to do a senior project. I’d donate the chandelier to the high school as an example of ingenuity and a lesson in resourcefulness. Hopefully this will help instill an awareness of the wastefulness our society has created and inspire the students to find uses for everyday objects in ways they haven’t thought of before. And maybe the future engineers, planners, designers and entrepreneurs among them can carry this inspiration with them into their future carriers.

  30. bcgirll February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This reminds me so much of a silver-plated chandelier with crystal drops that we rescued years ago from a 1920’s house! Sadly, it fell to bits at the joins when we moved over 20 years ago, and I now have a tacky replacement……a brass garage-sale find….over my dining room table. This would be the perfect update for my 1930 home. The design would be the perfect replacement for the one damaged in the move.

  31. calebivan911 February 16, 2011 at 9:01 am


    I just moved out of home into a dingy apartment with some friends. I’m desperately trying to turn it in to a nice living environment but I’m also quite conscience of the impact I would be making, so I’m trying to by recycled furniture and decorations. Problem is these are all very expensive for a student. This chandelier would be an amazing addition to my new home which is coming along nicely and would definitely serve as a talking point for me to tell my friends and family how green design will save the world.



  32. lauralots February 16, 2011 at 4:17 am

    If i owned this chandelier, I would hang it above the stairwell in our little house. I’d have to hang it on a joist though, so it could be raised and lowered easily, because no-one would believe that something so beautiful could be made out of something so utilitarian. They would want to see it up close, for themselves. I’d then tell them to log on to inhabitat, to learn a thing or two about reusing and repurposing old bits and bobs. It would also come in very handy so that I wouldn’t end up writing notes to my housemates in eyeliner or nail varnish, or when there’s a gang of us playing Boggle or Cluedo or pictionary!

  33. gibbsfx17 February 16, 2011 at 2:27 am

    As a 1st year architecture student moving into my first apartment i would be fruitfully inspired to success by having this chandelier. I want to become a sustainable designer and design carbon neutral buildings. This piece of sustainable art and decor would only refresh my ambition for sustainable design over the years as I follow my endeavors.

  34. margaret christine February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Dear Inhabitant (and Bic),
    You Light Up My Life.
    Best Regards,
    It’s So Dark In Here
    (aka margaret christine)

  35. greenerfuse February 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    The Make Believe Ballroom (the venue part of Chordata Desert’s non profit) NEEDS this chandelier to add to its desert ephemera chandeliers’ collection. It will shine down on many illustrious musicians being streamed live across the web from this wonderful space in the Santa Rosa mountains above Palm Springs. It is brilliant design.

  36. wentfishing February 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

    As I always lack a pen this would come in handy for me. More, as I´m working as a CD and copy-writer. In fact: On the long run I would be unable to work, without this fabulous chandelier. I would loose the love of my boss, he would fire me, I could not buy the beautiful pair of shoes for my girlfriend´s birthday, she would drop me for the shoe-shop-assistant, I had to move out, just me and my dog, living in the street, I had to give him my last piece of bread and die of starvation.

    Isn´t the happy face of my little dog reason enough, to reward me with this wonderful chandelier?


  37. alarrow February 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    If I won this Bic Pen Chandelier, I would give it to my uncle who’s last name is Bick. It would be a great addition to his man cave and the other recycled goods he has.

  38. alarrow February 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    If I won this Bic Pen Chandelier, I would give it to my uncle who’s last name is Bick. It would be a great addition to his man cave and the other recycled goods he has.

  39. amourot February 13, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Light is life and Eco design is the continuity of life, for futur. So I would be happy to share this creation with familly and friends.

  40. mklemme February 13, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Im the CEO of our school’s student ventures. In addition to helping my fellow classmates start and run their own companies, we promote sustainability. We have partnered with local restaurants to construct plans to create green programs, as well as promoting green products. We have our HQ opening up in our new cafe located in the Silicon Valley, and a part of promoting the cleantech and ecofriendly culture is to show off products that reuse materials, while looking incredible.
    There is no bolder statement than a chandelier made of common office supplies.

  41. choosie777 February 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hello and thanks for the contest. We need this chandelier at our Preschool in Northern California. The children (ages 4-5)are great designers, one of their past design projects was a city scape made from recycled plastic cups as buildings decorated with scraps of tape and string with highways and roads. They find inspiration re-using the commonly found materials and are avid recyclers. Crrently, they have an old Bicycle Tire chandelier but it has no lights. They need one that lights up AND reflects their green attitudes! Keep up the great work. Sincerely, (Teacher) Miss Susan

  42. Tinaleeloo February 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’m a journalist student at the Danish School of Journalism. Because of government cutbacks and a general shortage of money the school is implementing a serious saving scheme. The students here fear that the quality of their education will deteriorate. At the same time a planned refurbishment of the school’s old concrete buildings – nicknamed the bunker – has been postponed indefinitely. Oh, and unemployment is rising among journalists. In short we students are sitting in a dreary bunker, tomorrow is looking bleak and our creative flood of ideas and gumption has turned into a trickle. We need a motivational muse to brighten our gloomy thoughts, a chandelier of sanguinity to help us through these dark days. The very future of the free press in Denmark is at stake here. The cure? 347 small beacons of light.

  43. msh February 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    As a teacher I am often up late planning for the next day’s lessons or marking essays. I am always in need of the WRITE light while burning that midnight oil… and Bic of extra ink would come in handy as well!

  44. barnaby February 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’m a college student at Tufts University in Mass. I have been working with a group of students that is trying to increase the presence of an environmental community on campus. With this, we are trying to change the way students view environmental issues. Many students know the benefits of recycling but do not realize that reuse is even more important and effective. By showcasing this beautiful chandelier in our campus center, we would be able to demonstrate to students the power of reuse. They will be able to change their perspective as well, by seeing that items that are repurposed can be just as beautiful (and in many cases even more beautiful) than brand new items. Hopefully, this chandelier can be a constant reminder to all of the students that pass under it.

  45. msh February 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    As a teacher I am often up late planning for the next day’s lessons or marking essays. Therefore, I am always in need of the WRITE light while burning that midnight oil! Also…a bic of ink would come in handy as well!

  46. mikietwn February 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Why I NEED this chandelier? I don’t need a chandelier, does anyone, really? Wouldn’t a bare compact fluorescent do the same thing, or, if feeling plush, one of those new LED bulbs? But a chandelier has never been about need; chandeliers are all about desire. I want to lie beneath it and imagine what all that ink had to say, all the heartache and pain communicated by the ‘Dear John’ letters, all the rolls of toilet paper it reminded someone to buy, all the things left undone on a ‘to do’ list crumpled in the pocket of a pair of blue jeans no one’s worn in months. This chandelier is redolent of life and death and love and disappointment and how it all for a brief time was recorded: All those passions poured onto notebook paper at the corner cafe, the secrets told in a diary by the light of a flashlight held under the covers, the joy of a birthday greeting in a silly or sentimental greeting card, the intimation of illicit pleasure evoked by a room number scribbled on the back of a business card, the anticipation of receiving a post card from somewhere far away that summer so long ago from your very first love with that simplest statement of desire, “Wish you were here.”

  47. dlbond56 February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    It would make a dramatic statement to people as they enter our house. We are remodeling and trying to recycle old items and using sustainable products where we need them. This would make both a sustainability as well as an artistic statement in our home.

  48. JanPattersonRN February 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I have to be honest. If I win this and my housemate/landlord doesn’t want it for the front entry or dining room [both have cathedral ceilings] I don’t have anyplace else in my life for it to go- so I would turn right around and offer it to 826 Valencia either to use or to auction to support their programs. From their website: “826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the literary arts.” Now how perfect would a chandelier made of pens be for their writing room, or for auction to support them? Everyone gets fun, everyone gets publicity, and everybody wins!

  49. ParkerChristo February 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Not looking at my bare light bulb would make me happy

  50. bhenderson145 February 11, 2011 at 3:39 am

    This chandelier is perfect for my apartment and later on my own architecture studio. As a current architecture grad student I’ve been working and writing about ways to reduce waste and reuse materials that have been thrown away. Last month I just started a line of earrings from my own architectural model scraps as a testament to how beautiful waste can be. And what better way to have those discussions with others than at my dining table underneath this beautiful former bic pen chandelier…

  51. theulloo February 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

    No reasons, I just want to win the chandelier because I don’t have my own one.
    and I have never won anything.

  52. queenoftheclick February 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Wow that is amazing. I would love to hang it in my school. It’s just an amazing light fixture that students would mesmerizer and inspire students for years.

  53. ying2 February 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I have a sustainable fashion boutique in New York City and it is extremely challenging to explain and educate consumers that Sustainability is not just about Eco-friendly and Organic products. It is also about recycling, creativity, handcraft and being socially responsible.

    Having a statement piece like the Recycled Bic Pen Chandelier would set the scene for the boutique. It would help to educate more people about Sustainability; it is about understanding the bigger picture about our society, knowing that what you do and use impact a lot of people.

    Having a great Chandelier like this in the boutique would be a great way to demonstrate that Sustainability is about creativity, recycling, eco-friendliness and hand-craft skills.

  54. cmartin2 February 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    How many Bic Pens does it take to make a chandelier? As many recycled Bics you can find! I am a Natural Resource Tourism Major about to graduate from Colorado State University and this would be the best graduation present to start my career in sustainable practices! I visit and tell everyone about this site to help me with innovative ideas! (Like this chandelier!)

  55. intensev5 February 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I have a 20 year old light fixture that I would love to replace with this — how unique and beautiful!!!

  56. clha February 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I am in the long process of moving from Australia to join my fiancé on the other side of the globe in USA. All I can take is what I can fit in suitcases. We met while we were both studying in Copenhagen, and bonded over a mutual love of modern architecture (Bjarke Ingels’ buildings are even more amazing in person).

    He got me whole-heartedly into the green/sustainable movement, as that is his whole ethos in life. Not satisfied with the MBA subject offerings that he was presented with, he created his own ‘Sustainable Planning and Development’ major so that others can now follow this study framework. When I first went to the US I was shocked that some states have no recycling infrastructure.

    We are getting married in a few months and need this chandelier for our wedding reception. We are moving around the US frequently to wherever the sustainability employment is, and we would love a prized home decoration to take with us until we can finally settle somewhere. I love the Volivik design. It definitely evokes a sense of the roaring 20s and would add class and inspiration to our home.

  57. dmc000 February 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Writes, I mean, Lights first time, every time

  58. Heidi February 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    We NEED this wonderful chandelier for Bumble Bee, a super-cool bar that will be the hottest spot at HIVE, a living work of art, a self-sustaining village, and an environmental action in Houston (and featured on inhabitat a couple weeks ago). Made from nearly 500 recycled steel shipping containers, there will be studio spaces, residential spaces, and everything else creative people need. Why shouldn’t it have a chandelier made from 347 recycled Bic pens?!?! Please please please give it to us. We can base the design of the Bumble Bee Bar around it!

  59. ecliff February 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This chandelier needs to be in a habitat that is as dynamic and captivating as the light fixture. It would be surrounded by art and a vibrant color scheme. As an honored fixture, it would be entertained on a regular basis by the comical nature of my foray into hosting grown up dinner parties (why this sudden proclivity just because I signed a mortgage?), feel embarrassed for me and my girlfriends when ‘dance party’ is declared after too much wine and have voyeuristic opportunities every time I make out with my super adorable boyfriend on my couch. It would have a very lovely life.

  60. eseberg February 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    This is too cool! Think this would be just the thing to get wifey to understand that recycling is important and that it is more than just saving junk. Gotta have it!

  61. Bfairless February 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I really need this cool chandelier because I’m buying a cool little house and I’m cool. And honestly, this is a better use for the pens. When I move, I’ll donate all mine from my junk drawer for the next chandelier.

  62. benjaminb February 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Inhabitat,
    I am a 4th year industrial design student at Syracuse University where we worship the Bic Cristal. Ever since our 2nd year drawing class, we have almost exclusively sketched with Bics. For our 5th year, seven of us ID students will be living together in a big house. The house NEEDS this wonderful chandelier and we would be forever grateful.


  63. michael mertz February 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    i teach design, including lighting, and i want to open a pen shop.
    i have been working on a design for a feature pendant for the store, something along the idea of this luminaire…
    and then i saw the Vollvik chandelier…it is pretty much just what is needed to be the centrepiece of the store, over the power display with the best feature pens
    can i have it please?

  64. shazzanj February 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I have a small store that sells items made with recycled and eco friendly materials. This would be perfect to hang in the shop so I can show my customers another example of how every day items can look absolutely stunning!

  65. ecomoma3 February 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Little by little, I’m making changes in my habbits and in my home with the hopes that I can not only teach my children how to make thoughtfull choices in life -but to also somehow lessen the burden we (me and my family) put on our planet.

    My children are already die-hard recyclers (at ages 4,6 and 8)and are fascinated with solar power. What better way to continue exposing them to all things sustainable than to show them how everyday objects can be upcyled into beautiful, artful and useful objects? Who knows what kind of creative ideas we could spark in their growing minds. Homework time could be so much more fun under this incredible chandelier!

  66. terry.94 February 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This needs, it begs to be hanging in my dining room. It would reflect so much light all the solar panels in the neighboorhood would be functioning at 100%! So ship it to NC and light up the neighborhood, the county maybe all of the state!!!

  67. rocksocks February 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This chandelier would make a grand statement in my studio apartment! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  68. clara.correa February 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Because I need light and pen to put on a paper my green ideas for a better future!

  69. mejosy February 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    The Pen. I have been thinking about this object as of late and thus was struck by the beauty and symbolism of the Volivik Chandelier. Last week my husband went out of town and left written notes around the house for me to find over the course of two days. How happy each note made me feel. We have fallen into the habit of texting and emailing one another and for some reason those mediums don’t bring me the joy of a note written in pen.

    As a psychologist the pen is one of my few tools of the trade (tissues and paper are the other two). Several years ago I made the decision to keep the pen in and computers out of my office. This decision was made out of longing for the written word. I miss writing and receiving letters. I miss getting holiday cards that people actually write in (not just a digitalized photo). I think of all the letters and cards from grandparents and high school boyfriends that I have stored away. My children will have none of these as all of their correspondence ends up in the recycle basket on their computers.

    We live in a lovely 1895 victorian home in San Francisco. Over the front door is a glass panel common in many of these homes. Looking in from the outside you can see a very ugly chandelier that isn’t characteristic of the home and was purchased (before we owned the home) through a home improvement chain store. I would like to hang the Volinik Chandelier so those looking in can see a strikingly beautifully designed light, to remember to find ways to up-cycle and lastly to remind all of us to log off and get out that pen.

  70. ZoldBandi February 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    the cause me and my girlfriend need this Chan’ is simple. We went too online…i mean..when i have to use pen i’m in trouble. nowadays we use pens and pencils so rare…have you recognized this? we can’t forget!!!!! handwrite is so beautiful!
    it’s some kind of a statue of being OFFLINE, which menas go green.
    so..i want to be greener..please help;)

  71. jaspersegal February 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, this is impressive.

  72. madeofgranite February 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Because my recycled ping pong ball light in the kids room needs a new friend.

  73. baufrau February 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    My newborn baby-boy desperately needs this Volivik Chandelier to be his baby mobile over his crib! Looking at the Volivik Chandelier 12 to 20 hours a day will help him to develop his sight, coordination and hearing! Only the best is good enough for a baby -> The recycled Volivik Chandelier!

  74. DMK February 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

    flick this Bic freely
    life not incinerated

  75. kellygreen February 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

    The school needs more light!
    I’ve enrolled in the Architecture and Construction International Bachelor program at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (Kea). Green and sustainable ideas will be developed by the students that sit in these classes but the lighting we currently have is dim, and not a source of inspiration. If we win, the light will be seen by many future green designers!

  76. Angus Miller V February 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Hey all, here is my little story for what its worth. I am currently taking over the family business, which was a handmade rugs store. Now this store was at one time a nice high-end unique store but became out of touch and unapproachable. Currently I am trying to give it my spirt and liven things up.

    I have changed:
    1. Name, Logo, Brand
    2. Painted the inside, installed crown-molding and a Motawi fireplace myself.
    3. Started carrying all local art from my state.

    I am currently running out of my own limited funds to get things done. My hope is something like will be seen by thousands of people over the span of its life and that I can give it a spot worth of the attention it deserves and people come into the shop to see it.

    The dream is to have an approachable store where people can buy functional handmade one-of-a-kind pieces. I think design and art enrich our lives everyday and this piece would really help me.

    Thanks for reading!

  77. Page February 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hysterical! I LOVE the kinesthetic feeling of pen on paper, gliding and moving. I keep seeing things that point to doing MORE WRITING! Now, THIS CRAZY LIGHT of WRITTEN ILLUMINATION shows up!!! The crystalline container of thoughts and feelings expressed glows, from the inexpensive common Bic pen to the sublime creation of energy!
    OK, this beautiful uncommon chandelier is so fine and makes me want to write to create energy!

  78. StephLippitt February 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’m a student with a double major in Creative Writing and Publishing (hoping to become a literary agent) and I’m about to move into my first apartment with my best friend, a student of Sociology and Anthropology, and a friend from my home state who went to Cosmetology school with my mother.
    As we’re all already in major debt from school,and rent is so expensive, our place is going to be pretty sparse, save for the decorations we make ourselves. We’d love to have this beautiful chandelier in our new home, and I especially would enjoy it- as I try to shove my way into the publishing world, I’ll be able to look at this and be hopeful.

  79. sppmg February 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I need this chandelier becasue I am a teacher and can never find a pen when I need one, so there would be much irony in all those pens hanging above my head in my kitchen and I am sure it would look so much nicer than the ugly fan that is there now. What a great green idea

  80. ashrecords February 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I’m in search for a lighting vendor for my wedding reception. I can stop my search now if I end up winning this! I’d display it proudly above the dance floor for all to see, and surprise my fiance at the same time. She will be happy because I won this for her.

    She will be happy, therefore my life will be pleasant that day!

  81. jschwa February 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    This is too creative to hide away in a home. I would love to put this in a startup space so many people can enjoy and become inspired by it.

  82. JulieR February 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Please choose me for as the person who gets this amazing chandelier. My husband is a writer and our anniversary is today. I can think of nothing that I could get him that would be as cool as this!

  83. puremichele February 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    This is eco-fabulous!

  84. brook February 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    art bico!?

    I want this for my Sisters house I’m designing this summer! Even with limited resources, her family is very eco-minded. This would serve as a literal and poetic catalyst for elegant solutions! Like repurposing available materials to create something much greater than the sum of parts!

  85. pamela@greenerlives February 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I love this chandelier – love the look and the upcycled materials. I spent over 15 years working fulltime as a freelance writer before becoming an interior designer. Now I write poetry and a column on green interiors. What could be better for a writer than having pens literally light up her world? As a green interior designer, I would love to show my clients this wonderful chandelier in person and get some of them excited about buying one!

  86. daydayday February 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Grad student housing (flat style) is drab and it needs some awesome low-impact swag to help spark our creativity and warm this place up like a home rather than just a place to crash. So, please give us that chandelier and save us from buying one in Ikea.

  87. efinnegan February 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Dear Inhabitat.

    I just graduated from college and I’m working while looking for a career in sustainability. I graduated with an international affairs degree and I’m looking forward to making an impact worldwide!

    Since I just graduated (shock) I’m super poor, and I couldn’t afford anything like this – but I’m moving out of my parents house in a few months and have been looking for sustainable ways to furnish it! This bic chandelier would be functional, financially practical, and BEAUTIFUL – and would help inspire me as I apply for jobs.


  88. jeskak February 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Excellent use of common object – I’d be tempted to borrow a pen or two from the chandelier when I was in need of a pen!

    Great Design and Creative use of an object of everday life!

  89. JoLuke February 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

    My best friend Dan is my inspiration, we both moved here in 2008 in search of adventure, here is Canada by the way.
    Dan is crazy for all things sustainable, and I’m pretty sure he’s moving in with his lovely girlfriend soon. This would be a perfect gift, I would make it myself but I haven’t the time to use all the Biro’s.

    Keep up the good words

    Much Love

    Jo Luke

  90. paligirlnyc February 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    As a songwriter, I can’t think of a better form of light, both functionally and symbolically, to be hung just above my studio desk to remind me to pick up my Bic and “Write First Time, Every Time.” (Off the record: THAT THING IS FREAKING AMAZING AND WHO WOULDN’T WANT THAT HANGING IN THEIR HOUSE? Whether you’re a painter, a writer, a nail picker, tree trimmer, eco-friendly, or ignorant of recycling altogether, you’re going to want that hanging in your house.) P.S. It’s also really dark in here.

  91. BrienneE February 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Dear Inhabitiat, design will save the world? Well, THIS design would certainly light up mine.

    I’m back in school to get my Masters in Interior Design, and I would adore having this in my tiny 450 sq. ft. apartment, that’s also my studio! What better to light the way to good design in my studio, than a light made of pens? It’d be the best thing in my place~

    Save my world, light up my inspiration!

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