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Functional furniture which can be used in class as school desks as well as motor skill tracks / Winner at GESS Awards 2020

Gymi Furniture - Activating the Physical Learning Environment - GESS Education Winner 2020

location_on Helsinki, Finland
Gymi Furniture is all about making changes in the physical environment. The idea is to sit less or sit in natural positions (yoga poses), have more movement during the school day and teach children the important motor skills they nowadays are lacking. Use of this furniture brings more joy to learning and peace to class. Movement also enhances cognitive learning and overall wellbeing.
Christina Nurmi, CEO
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Christina Nurmi, CEO

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Target Group
5 000
Children/Users
2
Countries
2017
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For-profit
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Gymi Furniture Tackles the Problem of Inactive Life Style

The inactive life style we are facing today is a huge problem which Gymi Furniture tries to tackle. Kids spend a big part of their days at school, and that is why the physical environment in schools plays a big role in their lives. If the physical environment encourages to movement, kids will move, naturally.

The lack of motor skills is another problem - without movement, motor skills will not develop. Without movement and mastering of motor skills, cognitive learning is more difficult. We know that balance skill training has a straight impact on our brain making it easier for us to focus and learn cognitive skills. Gymi Furniture is a way to make moving and balance skill training possible in class and at the same time make sitting in class easier, fun and healthy.

Gymi Furniture was created by Christina Nurmi, founder of Gymi - Kids' and Teens' Health Club chain. After having the health club business for seven years, Christina wanted to bring the movement into places kids spend most of their time: to kindergardens and schools. That's how Gymi Furniture came to be.

Gymi Furniture is now used in several Finnish and Swedish schools and kindergardens and feedback has been very positive. The scandinavian clear cut furniture brings peace to class, enhances cognitive learning, motor skill acquisition and overall wellbeing. 

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Balance skill acquisition brought into the classroom
GESS Education Winner 2020: Best Product to Promote Health, Fitness and Sports in the Classroom
GESS Education Winner 2020: Best Product to Promote Health, Fitness and Sports in the Classroom
GESS Education Winner 2020: Best Product to Promote Health, Fitness and Sports in the Classroom
School and Learning Can and Should Be Fun!
A moving and motivated child is a learning child.The physical environment and furniture have an impact on one's feelings and motivation.
School and Learning Can and Should Be Fun!
A moving and motivated child is a learning child.The physical environment and furniture have an impact on one's feelings and motivation.
School and Learning Can and Should Be Fun!
A moving and motivated child is a learning child.The physical environment and furniture have an impact on one's feelings and motivation.
Gymi Furniture Class Room - Teachers' Office Gym!
The new set of furniture inspires the teachers, too. It's all about getting active in and outside class. When the old desks are gone, the class room becomes a place for modern functional learning, motor skill acquisition and the teacher's afterwork gym.
Gymi Furniture Class Room - Teachers' Office Gym!
The new set of furniture inspires the teachers, too. It's all about getting active in and outside class. When the old desks are gone, the class room becomes a place for modern functional learning, motor skill acquisition and the teacher's afterwork gym.
Gymi Furniture Class Room - Teachers' Office Gym!
The new set of furniture inspires the teachers, too. It's all about getting active in and outside class. When the old desks are gone, the class room becomes a place for modern functional learning, motor skill acquisition and the teacher's afterwork gym.
Gymi Furniture Class Room - Teachers' Office Gym!
The new set of furniture inspires the teachers, too. It's all about getting active in and outside class. When the old desks are gone, the class room becomes a place for modern functional learning, motor skill acquisition and the teacher's afterwork gym.
Gymi Furniture Class Room - Teachers' Office Gym!
The new set of furniture inspires the teachers, too. It's all about getting active in and outside class. When the old desks are gone, the class room becomes a place for modern functional learning, motor skill acquisition and the teacher's afterwork gym.
Motor Skill Acquisition - Gymi & Gymi Furniture
Gymi Furniture - Office Gym
Gymi Furniture in Schools
Gymi Furniture in action!

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Achievements & Awards

February 2020
GESS Education Awards 2020: Best Product to Promote Health, Fitness and Sports in the Classroom
March 2018
The Finnish Sport Product of the Year - Winner of Public Vote
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