Chinese architect-designer Naihan Li featured in Artsy, Architecture-Turned Furniture: A Beijing Designer Reimagines Contemporary Chinese Monuments in Beds, Bookshelves, and Cabinets. As article mentioned that Naihan Li studied design and architecture at London’s Barlett School of Architecture. Her first work as a designer was as a collaborator with artist Ai Weiwei, and in 2010, opened her own design studio. She stared working with Gallery ALL form 2013, presenting her stainless steel and walnut CRATES Series in Gallery ALL Los Angeles.
“I AM A MONUMENT” features Naihan Li’s recent works in the Monument Series, centering on her ongoing exploration of architecture-turned furniture over the past 2 years. The series includes a CCTV-turned wardrobe, an Edinburgh palm house, a New York Stock Exchange-turned shrine, a Pentagon-turned daybed, and a United Nations headquarter building-turned bookcase. Especially for CCTV wardrobe, Gallery ALL will display it in Design Miami for Design Curio program this December.
I AM A MONUMENT originated form Naihan’s recognition of the Chinese desire for giant art installations in their homes. People want to own things that are monumental. This desire traces back to Chinese traditional paintings, which play with the idea of scale from a subjective point of view and minimize the universe. Chinese artists attempt to zoom in to a large part of the world on a small scale.