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Herman Miller Embody Chair

Form doesn’t just follow function with Embody. Function is on full display. This ergonomic office chair’s highly technical structures—such as the spine-like BackfitTM, with its visible H-flexors—show how it bends to encourage seated movement. Embody is purposeful design that creates harmony between your mind and body, and between your body and work.

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Herman Miller Embody Chair

The result of over 70 years of design research.

Embody Chair

"Sitting is bad for you. Embody is good for you."

Leaps of faith, in terms of re-imagining what a chair can be, are nothing new at Herman Miller. But even we were surprised at the radical idea proposed by designers Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf: Let's design a chair that's more than not bad for you. Let's design one that's actually good for you.

Identifying With Sitting Problems

"Since design has become more technology based, we've had to sit in our chairs in front of computers for longer periods, just like everyone else," Jeff said. "We identify with the problems people have as a result of sitting."

Embody Chair Design Sketch

Sitting reduces blood and oxygen flow, which makes you dull and tired. And most of us sit most of the day. Not good.

Early Embody Chair sketch

Too Much Sitting Makes Us Dull

A lot of chairs are designed to keep you still as you sit. The results of that enforced immobility? Bad for you. Did you know that, at the end of an average day, we are 1 centimeter shorter than we were when we woke up? That's because of spinal compression, and much of that is because of sitting for hours and hours. Sitting still also reduces blood and oxygen flow, which makes you dull and tired. And most of us sit most of the day. Not good.

Embody Chair Product Design Team Embody Chair Back Prototype

Could We Build a Health-positive Chair?

Bill Stumpf, who designed our Aeron, Equa, and Ergon work chairs and worked for us for more than three decades, brought the idea of a health-positive chair to us. We were intrigued. Could such a chair be designed and made? We had three major ideas to explore before we could begin:

  • Work chairs can be health-positive or therapeutic, not merely health-neutral.
  • Dynamic surface pressure on a chair and back will provide more comfort, liveliness, and health-positive benefits than non-dynamic surface pressure.
  • Work chairs can let us achieve postural equilibrium (the upright balance point when our eyes are vertically aligned with our hips) naturally, no matter what our spinal curvature

Testing and Research

More than 30 professionals—physicians and Ph.D.s in biomechanics, vision, physical therapy, and ergonomics—helped us test these ideas and develop experiments to determine whether a truly health-positive chair was possible. Prototypes followed, with experts sitting in them and offering appraisals of what was good and what wasn't. Researchers conducted laboratory experiments involving kinematics, preferred postures, pressure distribution, seated tasks, and metabolics. These guided the development of Embody and confirmed its health-positive benefits.

A Healthy Connection With Your Computer

After Bill passed away in 2006, Jeff built on Bill's inspiration and gave the chair its function and form. "Design," he says, "is the connective tissue between people and the world." For many of us, our computers are the world, and in creating Embody, Jeff made a healthful, harmonious connection between people and their computers possible.

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Berry Blue Embody Office Chair

So intelligent, sitting in it actually helps you think

With Embody, designers Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber set out to solve the problem of the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology. They worked with more than 30 physicians and PhDs in the fields of biomechanics, vision, physical therapy, and ergonomics who contributed their expertise to help guide the development of this office chair.

As a result, you feel Embody’s responsive ergonomics the moment you sit down—like you are floating, yet perfectly balanced. The seat distributes your weight evenly while supporting your body’s micro-movements. The narrow backrest allows you to move freely and naturally as it automatically adjusts to support a full range of seated postures. By reducing seated pressure and encouraging freedom of movement, Embody allows blood and oxygen to flow more freely, which helps keep you focused.

Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber

"Sitting is bad for you. Embody is good for you."

Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber

  • Embody Chair Health Benefits Illustration

    Less Pressure, More Cool

    A combination of support layers in Embody’s seat work together to reduce seated pressure. These layers were designed to allow for airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable as you sit.

  • Green Apple Embody Chair

    As Agile as You Are

    Embody encourages movement, keeping your body and brain limber all day, and helping you stay focused and relaxed at the same time. That’s good, because movement promotes blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused.

  • Healthy Posture with Embody Chair

    Healthful Posture

    Embody encourages the most healthful posture for computer users—a working recline, which reduces spine compression and even slows fluid loss from discs. The Backfit adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine's natural curve, from your sacrum to lumbar and upper thoracic. When you move in this office chair, your head remains properly aligned to your computer display.

  • Embody Chair Encouraging Natural Movement

    Natural Movement

    Embody's tilt technology maintains your back in a fixed position relative to the seat, encouraging your body to move naturally into the most positive seated postures while keeping your pelvis stable.

  • Black Embody Chair Back

    Three Zones of Support

    The tilt technology of the Embody chair also provides three zones of support—for your thighs, sacrum/sitting bones, and thorax. The pelvis remains stable with no rearward rotation. Without a rigid frame and with edges that flex, Embody prevents uncomfortable pressure on your legs and arms.

  • Blue Embody Chair Back

    Conforms to You—Automatically

    A dynamic matrix of pixels creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. One chair size fits every body because Embody automatically adapts to the wide variation in the sizes, shapes, postures, and spinal curves of different people.

Dimensions

General Dimensions

  • H:42–45"
  • H:16–20.5"
  • W:29.5"
  • D:29"
Embody Chair Dimensions Graphic

Shipping Information

Packaging Type:
Box
Packaging Dimensions:
40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
Package Weight:
63 lbs.
Assembly Required:
No
Warranty

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