While its high-rise developments are surprising for the visitor, perhaps Shanghai's most dynamic first impression is the constant wave of bicycles, riding in every direction, each one customized for carrying goods and luggage. Additionally there is the city's vibrant, small-scale street life and related furniture. By taking these two Shanghainese features, furniture and bicycle are combined to generate new behaviors in daily life. The customized Furnicycle types—"chair-cycle," "bed-cycle," and "table-cycle"—result from simple deformations of the standard bicycle form, and can be used independently for driving through the city. When brought together, they back up to one another, forming a lively, lounge-like ensemble to accommodate several people. Driving it through the streets of Shanghai and parking it at various spots attracted spontaneous crowds of onlookers.
Large-scale development threatens this kind of vibrant street activity all over Shanghai, turning it into something of an endangered species. Nevertheless, its energy remains impressive, and, showing support for these kinds of activities, an exhibition dealing with this can be a very poignant remark on its positive aspects, and suggestions on its future sustainability and transformation. Furnicycle took part in the 2002 Shanghai Biennale entitled Urban Creation.