Naihan Li

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Naihan Li
Naihan Li, Hong Kong, 2012.jpg
Born January 5, 1981
Harbin, China
Nationality Chinese
Other names Jing Jing, 李婧
Alma mater Bartlett School of Architecture
Occupation architect
Known for The Crates Series furniture

Naihan Li is a Chinese designer architect. She currently lives and works in Beijing in the Caochangdi Art District.

Life and Work[edit]

After graduating from Bartlett School of Architecture[1] (UCL) Naihan returned to Beijing where she first collaborated with Ai Weiwei as coordinator for the Jinhua Architectural Park development. She later worked as independent architect and designer for architectural and graphic design projects of different scales. Her finished constructions include Keruo Space, a space for practices in Caochangdi, and the Royal Kitchen restaurant and shop inside the Forbidden City.

After the establishment of BAO Atelier Hong Kong Ltd [2]), as a director of the company, she led graphic and catalogue design projects such as "Aftershock- Contemporary British Art" for the British Council; "ALLLOOKSAME-China, Japan and Korea art",[3] and "China Business Guide" for Santander Bank. Additionally, she worked on the exhibition design of Seduction-Borderline Moving Image and NIKE Golden 08 Beijing Olympic Creative research project.

Other positions include: project coordinator and designer of the UBS Art Collection Show in Shanghai Art Museum "Memories for Tomorrow", Beijing National Art Museum of China's "Moving Horizons" and the Guangdong Art Museum show, "Fact and Fiction."; participation in the Goethe Institution's 20th Anniversary project in Beijing, "Goethe Night"[4] as an artist, where her installation "Brandenburg Gate" was collected by the institution; and featured designer and exhibition designer at China Design Market exhibition during Milan Design Week in 2010 and 2011.[5]

In 2009, Naihan was a featured artist and exhibition designer for the E-Art Festival, New Media Archaeology Exhibition in Shanghai and exhibition Emporium in Milan, Italy.

In 2010, she started her own furniture design studio that includes the furniture series, The Crates, which has been nominated for Design of the Year Award 2012 by the Design Museum in London.[6][7]

In 2011, she participated as exhibition designer to the Gwangju Design Biennale Un-Named section,[8] curated by Ai Weiwei, and developed a new series of furniture called FOLD for the exhibition display. Also in 2011, she participated in Beijing Design Week as a featured designer[9] where she showcased her collection of mobile pop-up furniture CRATES,[10] [11] and was nominated for the W Hotel Designer of the Future Award, Design Miami 2012.[12]

In 2014 Naihan li is represented by Gallery ALL based in LA and her first show in the US was hosted in Gallery ALL LA in the Bradbury. Her work can be found at

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