You Won't Believe What This Chic Pendant Light Is Made Out Of

Making something beautiful out of nothing.

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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Upcycling is the affordable, creative, and environmentally friendly solution to so many decorating woes. And if you're not convinced of this yet, Harry Nuriev's striking pendant light is about to prove that literally anything can be transformed into something beautiful and useful. Of course, it helps to be a talented furniture designer with a keen eye, as is the Moscow-born creative behind New York-based architecture and design firm Crosby Studios.

Modern yet classic, glitzy yet unpretentious, the pendant light is the focal point of Nuriev's NYC dining room. But where does it get its jazzy, vibrant blue hue, you ask? It's recycling bin scraps! It's an old glass bottle! Nope, it's a ton of Bic pens. About 300, in fact.

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"It's made from 300-ish Bic pens that he carefully unscrewed, one by one, to remove the ink inside, leaving the clear cylindrical tubes and blue caps to dangle from a ring like crystals," Architectural Digest reports. "We're in our blue phase, between Picasso and [Yves] Klein," he explains, and the unassuming shells of those Bic pens were perfectly aligned with that design directive.

And that's not the only incredible example of a scrap made beautiful in his space—the dining room table base, for example, was a bookshelf in its former life. One person's trash is another's treasure has never rung truer. See the rest of his incredible home here, and learn all about his process. There's inspiration on tap, whether you're a sucker for a good interior design hack or just in the mood for pink and blue eye candy.

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