Basically a phrase or a word replacement for something that was made just so it would exist, like a grouping being made for the sake of having a grouping".

I'm sorry I can't explain myself well but it's as if something was made just so it would exist for that purpose

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    The action (but not the artifact) is perfunctory. [Collins]: perfunctory ... 1. done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory Jul 3, 2019 at 11:30

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The only ones that spring to mind are "for no apparent reason" (Collins: for no apparent reason) or "just because" (Collins: just because)

For example:

For no apparent reason, an eccentric billionaire has opened a restaurant on the Moon.


The eccentric billionaire decided to open a restaurant on the Moon, just because.
  • Although the second one would probably make grammarians scream, I believe it is the more idiomatic way to impart this sentiment in a shorter form.
    – Smock
    Jul 3, 2019 at 11:16

I don't think there is a word that literally means "made for the sake of being made", but on a more poetical level, the answer is:



for the sake of it - if you do something for the sake of it, you do it because you want to and not for any particular reason (Longman).


The group etc. is an end in itself
from dictionary reference:

A purpose or goal desired for its own sake (rather than to attain something else). For example, For me, writing books is an end in itself; they don't really make that much money. This expression employs the noun end in the sense of “final cause or purpose,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.

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