Gymi Furniture – Functional Furniture for Kids
Having worked with children’s well-being for a couple of decades, Christina Nurmi, co-founder of Gymi and Head Designer of Gymi Furniture, has now designed a set of functional furniture and wants to bring natural movement to every home, school or kindergarden.
“I have always loved children and have been working passionately for the well-being of kids and teens for years. Since 2008 I have run my company Gymi Health Club for Kids and Teens where I get to guide young people into the wonderful world of learning new skills and getting motivated to move.
We have lost touch of the natural way to move and feel well. A child is born to move and learn new skills by repetition. If we let them, children learn new skills by just jumping, running, climbing, hanging, swinging and trying tricks. Our task as adults is to make the environment such that an active way of life is possible. This also enhances the child’s acquisition of cognitive skills.
Now I want to bring the joy of motion into homes, kindergardens and schools as well. Gymi Furniture is a functional furniture set that enables you to continue your gym class at home or as a teacher use the methods of future school and functional learning. I want the furniture to last, and that is why it is made out of real wood.” Christina Nurmi, founder of Gymi and Head Designer of Gymi Furniture
Christina is known as the children’s gym instructor in Finnish TV (Pikku Kakkonen) and as the founder of Gymi Health Club for Kids and Teens. She has taught thousands of children and also worked as a gymnastics coach.
The story of Gymi Furniture began at the gym where you could never find good enough equipment to buy. In addition, the customers at the gym started asking for all kinds of gym equipment for their homes. Also, the children were playing Gymi at home. This must have been a sign! We had to begin designing and bringing Gymi Furniture into the places where children spent most of their time, that is homes, schools and other public spaces.
Gymi Furniture was made to motivate children to move naturally and learn skills in their own way, to activate the everyday life. We wanted the new furniture not only to be safe, long-lasting and practical but also beautiful. We found a skilled carpenter to make this all happen. Today, we have a Gymi Furniture set which includes beds and diffrerent sized boxes, wooden poles, ladders and planks.
As a counteraction to our disposable way of life we wanted the clear cut Gymi Furniture to last for generations and we wanted it to fit into any space. Gymi Furniture lives with you – every step of the way.
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In 2014, Los Angeles set up free, public wifi networks at Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park, and Venice Beach.
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The New York City Parks Department provides wifi in parks across the city. Here’s a list.
San Francisco does too. Check the interactive map here.
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