Another well known series of functional art works by Li Naihan is called “I Am a Monument”. Taking reference from the classical motives of enlarging and shrinking the world according to one’s objective, Li Naihan gives the traditional furniture commonly seen in royal places, which often resemble buildings, a contemporary twist.
The first collection of I Am a Monument series chose famous iconic buildings and turned them into rosewood miniatures. One of the most well known pieces is the CCTV wardrobe. It was shown at Milan Design Triennial and collecting by M+ Museum in Hong Kong.
For the second collection, she used internet search results of “building of the year”, and turned whatever she found that could fit to be a cabinet into a cartoon version of the world, with a sense of super-hero loneliness that we find in today’s cities.
The third collection was the first to apply glass and stainless steel material to her furniture making. Using laser engraving, she printed the shadow of the residential towers erected all over China into the glass. Different than the previous collections, these buildings aren’t based on any particular real life model, and are instead created as impressions of an architectural totality. When you look at the structure, you will feel familiarity. The three dimensional cloud shadow the towers cast, sometimes appears obvious and sometimes is invisible. Only when a light shines directly through the towers, does the shadow surprisingly enlarge the furniture scale structure back to it’s architectural proportion.