Naihan Li, ‘Expandable Crates Sofabed | CRATES Series, 2014’, 2014, Gallery ALL

Series: The Crates Series, 2014

Image rights: Photo courtesy of Tony Law

Design Shanghai, February 27 - March 3, 2014

Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery ALL, May 3 - August 3, 2014

About Naihan Li

Jingjing Naihan Li is an architect-turned-furniture-designer whose works reflect what she calls “the moody impracticality of globe-trotting.” Li studied design and architecture at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, and early on in her career collaborated on a design project with the renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Her best-known series, titled “The CRATES,” was inspired by the shipping crates used for transporting artwork and her own experience living in “Beijing’s shifting urban playground where industrial and artist spaces are quickly discovered and soon destroyed,” as she says. The works in “The CRATES” are modular items of everyday furniture—such as bookshelves, beds, and armchairs—that fold up into compact crates for easy transportation. The series was nominated for the 2012 Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum in London. Li has also produced design projects in collaboration with Swarovski and the Gwangju Biennial, among others.

Chinese, b. 1981, Harbin, China, based in Beijing, China