After graduating from Bartlett School of Architecture (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.
After the establishment of BAO Atelier Hong Kong Ltd , 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, and Japan and Korea art", 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" 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.
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.
In 2011, she participated as exhibition designer to the Gwangju Design Biennale UnNamed section, 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 where she showcased her collection of mobile pop-up furniture CRATES, and was nominated for the W Hotel Designer of the Future Award, Design Miami 2012. Same year she collaborated with Broached Commission Australia on their Broached East Collectionwith her Armillary Bar.
She initiated RAWR Design Laboratory and organized Beijing Design Week Design Hub Caochangdi Community, worked with Chinese contemporary artists Ai Weiwei 2012 and Liu Wei 2013 to create the CCD Pavilion installation. In 2013 She organized A Taste of Guizhou exhibition featuring contemporary design in cross over with Chinese traditional craftsmanship from Miao ethnic group. Same year, as featured designer, she participated the Digital Crystal Exhibition by Swarovski in Beijing with her work Crystal Puzzle.
In 2014 Naihan li is represented by Gallery ALL based in LA and her first gallery show in the US was hosted in Gallery ALL LA in the Bradbury. Her CCTV wardrobe from I Am a Monument Series was featured in the Curio Section of the 10th Design Miami with the gallery. She was the featured designer of Design Shanghai 2014. She worked with department store Chain Lane Crawford on their 2014 A/W Collection launch project in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing with her metal crates Hydroponic Garden Wardrobe collection. She started her collaboration with Sino Crane Huahe Group on a brand new collection of domestic furniture.
In 2015 she design YUZ Museum Shanghai’s Museum Cafe. As one of the featured designer participated the Lane Crawford 165 Celebration project in congestion with Swarovski. and is launching her own lifestyle product line Bored to Death, a digital publication Unfollow and unconventional event brand The Party In Shanghai.
In 2016, her CCTV Wardrobe and Birmingham Library Drawer from I am a Monument series were featured in the exhibition Alarmak! at the XXI Triennale di Milano, and her original crates series were featured in Expended Housing exhibition of the triennale. CCTV Wardrobe has been officially acquired by M+ Museum, Hong Kong and will be featured at their design department’s inaugurating exhibition later in the year.
She is currently living and working in between Beijing and Shanghai.