Gallery ALL’s designers, Aranda\Lasch and Naihan Li are featured in Architectural Digest China about our exhibitions during Beijing Design Week. Aranda\Lasch is a New York and Tucson-based design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. Established in 2003 by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, the studio designs buildings, installations and objects through a deep investigation of materials and structure.
The exhibition, “Crystal Rules,” is a retrospective of Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, centered on their ongoing exploration of crystallographic structure, modularity, and material expression. The show will present new works alongside their iconic Primitives and Quasi series, systems of identical geometric shapes configured in a multitude of arrangements. Some of these new works, set to first debut at Gallery ALL Beijing, take inspiration from past designs. This is the case with several new pieces that are grown out of the duo’s continuing collaboration with the artist Matthew Ritchie, but the show also includes one piece that evolves their signature modular style in a new direction: the seamless curved stainless steel “Scallop Table.”
The exhibition, “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 show will present new works alongside an Armillary Whisky Bar, which was commissioned by the Australian gallery Broached Commissions and was shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in June, 2014. The new works, first shown to the public, includes a United Nation building-turned bookcase, a Pentagon-turned daybed, a NY Stock Exchange Center-turned shrine, and an Edinborough Garden-turned palm house.
Nahihan Li (b. 1981 Harbin, lives in Beijing) studied design and architecture at London’s Bartlett 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. In 2011, under Ai Weiwei’s art direction, Li designed the “Un-Named” section of the Gwanjiu Design Biennale where she also exhibited. Li has been nominated for the 2012 Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum, London. She was a featured designer the China Design Market at Milan Design Week (2010, 2011) and Beijing Design Week (2011). She started working with Gallery ALL from 2013, presenting her stainless steel and walnut CRATES Series in Gallery ALL Los Angeles.