I sit in an Embody Chair for 9 hours or so every day, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year. You get the point; I’m a sedentary worker. If it weren’t for the ping pong table I might never make it back onto my feet during the workday.
So you can imagine how important a good chair is to my overall health. And speaking from personal experience, I’ve benefited by my choice of chair. (A while ago, I wrote a review of my Embody Chair that goes into detail about my first week in it. I first wrote the review over four years ago and never gave the chair up afterwards.)
Because I’ve worked for so long in this chair, I was curious to find out what it was that made it so comfortable for me. So when Herman Miller sent a package containing Embody’s essential moving parts I jumped at the chance to play around with it. It’s definitely worth showing to y’all – there’s some really thoughtful design involved. I love it when people are creative and make great things.
We’ll start with a picture of the chair in its natural environment, so its structure can be easily seen. Notice
that it has a thin seat cushion; we’ll talk about how it’s possible for a thin pad to be comfortable.
In picture: Embody Chair | Envelop Desk | Flute Light | Eames Sofa Compact
Let’s get into the details now, shall we? I was amazed when I opened the package Herman Miller sent to find such a lightweight, intricate seat pan and back support.
Stripped down to its bare bones, Embody looks more like a circuit board than a
chair. Each “pixel” in the seat and back is independent of the others, and is very
sensitive to pressure.
The back twists easily, while remaining firmly supportive. Due to the pixels’
dynamic attachment to each other and the “spine,” you’ll receive support even
while twisting in the chair.
This picture’s angle clearly shows how the back pixels respond to pressure.
This is a bit extreme, but you can clearly see how the seat responds to pressure – not as a whole, but
as a dynamic matrix. It’s especially comfortable when I’m leaning back. It’s not meant as a “sit up
straight and pay attention” kind of chair. Notice my ganked-up hands. I promise, you won’t have to
do that when sitting in the chair.
Even the front edge is flexible and easily movable. As far as chairs go, I can’t imagine one that’s
more flexible and structurally supportive at the same time.
The layers of Embody’s seat pan below the pixels explain how it compresses under weight, making
the entire surface responsive to the pressure you’re putting on it – no matter how you sit.
This demonstrates how it’s possible for the upholstery to be so thin and yet comfortable.
The Embody Chair in the home office shows that it’s not just an office chair. It can be considered a
positive addition to the decor of your home because of its graceful design – made possible by an
ingenious system of support that allows for thin, sexy upholstery.
In picture: Embody Chair | Envelop Desk | Eames Molded Plastic Armchair
If you want to pick up an Embody Chair for yourself (or at least look into it), head over to the Herman Miller Sale on our site. It’s all 15% off, free shipping, and the best customer service you’ll ever experience. We have a whole bunch of Embody models in stock, so take a look and you’ll find one you dig. The sale ends on Monday, June 10th at midnight so you only have a few more days!
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