- Li Naihan
- Bar (The Crates Series)
- black walnut, mirror-finish and stainless steel
- closed: 98.5 (H) by 110.3 by 58 cm, 38 3/4 (H) by 43 3/8 by 22 7/8 in.
open: 138.2 (H) by 222.3 by 60 cm, 54 3/8 (H) by 87 1/2 by 23 5/8 in.
Shanghai, Design Shanghai 2015, 27 - 30 March 2015
Miami, Design Miami, 2 - 6 December 2015
Shanghai, Qiao Space, 2015
Born in Harbin, Li Naihan moved to Beijing in the mid-80s and spent her childhood amid the explosion of imported cultural concepts that defined that era. After finishing her high school education in China, she left for the UK, where she studied Design and Architecture at the London’s Bartlett School of Architecture.Her first work as a designer, in collaboration with Ai Weiwei, was coordinating the Jinhua Architectural Park development in Zhejiang Province. She subsequently worked as an independent architect and designer for a variety of projects. Her finished constructions include Keruo Space in Caochangdi and the Royal Kitchen Restaurant and Gift Shop inside the Forbidden City.
As the director of BAO Atelier Hong Kong in 2006, Naihan led graphic and catalogue design projects for a number of significant exhibitions. From 2008, Naihan worked as the project coordinator and designer for the UBS Art Collection Show entitled Memories for Tomorrow at the Shanghai Art Museum, Moving Horizons at the Beijing National Art Museum, and the Guangdong Art Museum show entitled Fact and Fiction. Her installation Brandenburg Gate was also displayed in the Goethe Institute’s 20th Anniversary project in Beijing entitled Goethe Night.
The artist opened her own furniture design studio in 2010 and since then has produced several furniture series including the CRATES, which was nominated for the 2012 Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum in London. She was a featured designer and exhibition designer at the China Design Market exhibition of Milan Design Week in 2010 and 2011. She presented FOLD series of design furniture at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, where she was also the exhibition designer for the Un-Named section of the biennale.