Field Notes from a Research on Huaqiangbei
part of an ongoing research project on the design ecologies of Shenzhen
Space Caviar presents HQB Lamps: Field Notes from a Research on Huaqiangbei— part of their ongoing research into the design ecologies of Shenzhen as part of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship.
In the last six months, Space Caviar has conducted field research on the incredibly fast and effective design ecosystem of the Pearl River Delta — investigating the way in which design and its production adapts to seismic shifts in culture, the value of labour and production systems, the market and technology, embracing revised notions of authorship, intellectual property, local and global networks and collaborative design practice in Shenzhen.
The HQB Lamps (and other components displays), selected from the hundreds of shops in the Huaqiangbei electronics market, are a symbol of the network-based economy, fast production and open design that Huaqiangbei embodies. In the 2 square metre market stalls, simple metal structures are used to display different types of LEDs to customers—handmade assemblies made from diverse elements sourced from other factories, workshops and retailers operating in the market.