Gymi Furniture was created in 2015. Christina Nurmi, the head designer of Gymi Furniture, had at this point run Gymi, a health club chain for kids and teens, for seven years and wanted to come up with additional ways to get kids moving. Christina started designing furniture for homes as well as for public spaces such as kindergardens and schools.

The driving force behind the brand is Christina’s goal to encourage movement and learning motor skills through fun play and natural movement. Christina also wanted the furniture to please her eye.

As common in Scandinavian design, form meets function also in Gymi Furniture. The design is clear cut and simple. The multifunctional and activating furniture is made of Finnish birch and plywood. The bestsellers for private homes are the wallbar, wallbarbeds and the “slide set” which transforms into a bench, table or desk as well as a balance beam or a parkour obstacle.

Each piece of furniture has a function on its own and by combining the different pieces of furniture, you can build various solutions to benefit different needs. For example the beds all have wallbars at each end giving the design a nice touch of air but also giving the possibility of a wallbar workout in the bedroom. The furniture encourages to move: hang, climb, jump, slide, walk on all fours, move in diffent animal ways or do calisthenics and stretching workouts.

Gymi Furniture is made to last for generations – the aim is to be a part of families’ lives and children’s school and kindergarden years and activate children in this world of too much sitting and screen time.

Today there are three Gymis in the Helsinki region and one in Valkeakoski, Finland. Gymi is a franchise concept, and the first Gymis outside Finland will be opening in Sweden and Norway during this year (2018). Gymi Furniture is sold at the Gymis as well as in Gymi Shop webstore:

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