Embody Chair by Herman Miller (2022)

Embody Chair

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Materials:

  • Sync is 3-layer knit with a soft, felt appearance. Its unconventional construction is designed to cleanly stretch and hug curves for a dynamic upholstery. A Grade 4 Textile, Sync is available in 12 rich colorways.
  • Medley is also a 2D knit and is very durable and soft at 100,000 rubs. It is made of 100% polyester.
  • Rhythm is a 2D knit and is very durable at 200,000 double rubs. The Rhythm fabric is soft to the touch and can be a little slippery if you frequently wear rayon or silk.
  • Balance provides aesthetics, cushioning and breathability. Balance is a 3D knit (3 layers fused together- 2 outers an cushy inside that is 1/8 thick with big holes). Balance has loft to it and breathes better with the larger holes in the knit.

Narrow Upper Back Design:Embody’s narrow backrest helps your arms and shoulders move unimpeded so you can move and breathe freely.

Fully Adjustable Arms: Allows you to set the height of the arms from 6.5 inches to 11.5 inches from the seat to minimize shoulder strain. Arms also adjust outward from 12 inches apart to 21 inches to support different types of work: inward for keyboarding, outward for mousing.

Pixelated Seat:Combines the performance features of suspension seating and the comfort features of foam and fabric, a key differentiator against competing chairs. The Embody seat is comprised of four different support layers—each with its own set of material properties,and each created with a different manufacturing process, all working together, orienting themselves to your shape with a degree of fidelity so high they even accommodate pockets. These layers were designed for airflow, keeping you cool andcomfortable as you sit.

Seat Depth:The seat depth can be adjusted from 15 inches to 18 inches and controlled by the front handles on the right and left sides of the seat.

Seat Height:The translucent seat height joystick, located in center of tilt tension knob, can be angled in any direction to activate. Lift weight to raise the seat height; lower the height while seated.

Balanced Recline:Embody’s tilt technology mimics your natural pivot points, lets you “dwell” comfortably in any position, and offers a unique “kicker” that lets you extend even farther back tostretch. The tilt tension is adjusted by turning the tilt tension knob, located at center right side of chair below seat.

Backfit Adjustment:A central spine and flexible ribs align the backrest with your spine’s natural curve, so you achieve a neutral, balanced posture.

Embody Tilt:Embody’s proprietary tilt technology keeps your back at a proper angle to the seat, allowing your body to move naturally into the most healthful seated
postures while keeping your pelvis stable.

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Posturefit:Embody’s PostureFit properly supportsthe base of your spine and keepsyour pelvis tilted forward, preventingslouching and decreasing musclefatigue while you sit.

Pixelated Back:Unlike any conventional back design,the Embody Pixelated back conformsto your unique spinal curvature,providing targeted support. More alongthe spine where you need it, and lessalong the edges to encourage healthy upper body movement.

Casters

  • Casters for Carpet: Designed for use on low- to medium-pile carpet, such as commercial or Berber, this 2.5-inch diameter caster has wheels of durable black nylon.
  • Casters for Hard Floor or Carpet: A versatile caster that can be used on hard surfaces such as wood, ceramic tile, vinyl tile, or carpeted floors, it is 2.5 inches in diameter and is made of durable black nylon with a soft polyurethane tread. The Soft tread gives the chair better traction and reduces noise on hard surfaces.

Dimensions & Measurements

  • Overall Width: 29.5”
  • Back Height: 42” to 45”
  • Seat Width: 21.25”
  • Seat Height: 16” to 20.5”
  • Seat Depth: 15” to 18”

Shipping Information

  • Packaging Dimensions: 40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
  • Package Weight: 63 lbs
  • Light Assembly Required: Yes. Seat back needs to be attached to base.

Specifications

Box size is 27" x 28" x 25" and the chair does come partially disassembled. You will need to assemble the back portion of the chair.

PRODUCT DESIGN STORY

The result of decades of painstaking design research
What if a chair could do more than just minimize the negative effects of sitting? That was the radical idea that Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf had in their design studio. Could they design a chair that actually had positive effects on the body? “You can’t design without empathy,” said Weber, who also designed our Caper chair. “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. We identify with the problems people have as a result of sitting.”

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Could we build a health-positive chair?
Bill Stumpf, who designed our Aeron, Equa, and Ergon work chairs and worked for Herman Miller for more than three decades, brought the idea to us. Could such a chair be designed and made? Early on, we discussed the idea with the experts, testing three hypotheses: 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 nondynamic 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
Expert input on these hypotheses fueled Weber and Stumpf’s early thinking about the chair and formed the basis of experiments designed to establish whether such a chair was possible. But Bill passed away in 2006. Weber carried on. As Embody’s designer, it was he who gave the chair its function and form, building on Bill Stumpf’s inspiration.

Creating a healthy connection
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 the benefits it offers.

DESIGNERS

Bill Stumpf

Bill Stumpf once said, “I work best when I’m pushed to the edge. When I’m at the point where my pride is subdued, where I’m innocent again. Herman Miller knows how to push me that way, mainly because the company still believes—years after D.J. De Pree first told me—that good design isn’t just good business, it’s a moral obligation. Now that's pressure.”

Stumpf’s association with Herman Miller began in 1970 when he joined the staff of the Herman Miller Research Corporation. After establishing his own firm in 1972, Stumpf created the Ergon chair, the first ergonomic work chair. Later, in collaboration with Don Chadwick, he produced the groundbreaking Equa and iconic Aeron chairs. He also was principal designer for the Ethospace system.

“I enjoy myself, and I do it through design,” Stumpf declared in an interview a few years ago. “I love beauty, and I love the availability of beautiful things and useful things immediately around me.”

When he looked around, though, too often he saw design that “denies the human spirit,” architecture that acknowledged money and not people, offices that were “hermetically sealed in artificial space.” He constantly battled against such designed indignity—a battle that began in the 1960s at the University of Wisconsin.

“Everything goes back to those days at the University of Wisconsin,” he said recently, referring to the postgraduate years he spent studying and teaching at the university’s Environmental Design Center. “Everything was about freeing up the body, designing away constraints.”

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It was there where Stumpf, working with specialists in orthopedic and vascular medicine, conducted extensive research into ways people sit—and the ways they should sit. In 1974, Herman Miller commissioned him to apply his research to office seating. Two years later, the Ergon chair was introduced.

During his lifetime, Stumpf—a key figure in Herman Miller’s transformation into a research-based, problem-solving innovator—received numerous awards for this work. He was named the winner of the 2006 National Design Award in Product Design, an award presented posthumously by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Stumpf died in 2006.

Jeff Weber

As a kid, Jeff Weber was fascinated by the way things worked. “I was always tinkering—either building things or tearing them apart,” he says. Watching his mechanical talents develop, his grandfather suggested that he consider becoming an industrial designer. Once he learned more, “I never really thought about doing anything else,” recalls Weber.

Today he uses his considerable talents to improve the human condition by designing products that enhance people’s lives—at home and at work. “There should always be a human benefit associated with whatever it is we’re designing,” he explains. “It’s all about the experience, stimulating a person’s senses in a positive or beneficial way.”

While Weber’s work includes a wide spectrum of products, he became interested in furniture design when he teamed up with Bill Stumpf, who worked with Herman Miller for 30 years. “Bill’s design spirit will inspire all my future work,” says Weber. One example is Stumpf’s “uni-part” theory. “It says that all components of any given object must have a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one,”says Weber. “It’s a fundamental principle we employ every day.”

In the studio, that philosophy means the design of an object, a building, or a service “is the connective tissue between people and the world. The quality of that design really dictates the quality of the user’s experience and thus defines our existence.”

With an emphasis on results, an integral and important aspect in his design process is research. When designing Herman Miller’s Embody chair, for example, Weber and the Herman Miller team spent nearly two years talking with experts in various fields of medicine, from specialists in upper-extremity conditions to optometrists and neurologists. It was all in an effort to gain a real understanding of what it takes “to support a body in space in a healthful way and enable motion at the same time,” he says.

“The human body is a constant source of inspiration for me,” he continues. “Workplace demands and responsibilities may change, but the human element remains relatively the same. My challenge is always, ‘How can I produce something that will actually improve that condition?’ Comfort and health are like love and peace: can we ever have enough?” he ponders.

Weber says the most satisfying part of his work is watching someone enjoying the final outcome of his efforts. “Seeing someone sitting in a chair and appreciating the logic and rationale behind it is very gratifying.”

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He says he’s finding this stage of his career to be especially energizing. “I’ve always believed that good design is a blend of art and science,” he says. “To use that combination in ways that positively impact how people live and work is really exciting to me.”

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BRAND STORY

Herman Miller® is a pioneer in the furniture industry, an innovator whose human-centered, problem-solving approach to design has introduced new ways of living and working for over 100 years. Environmentally-friendly design, lean manufacturing, ergonomics, the open office, even American modernism itself: Herman Miller and our designers have had a hand in shaping it all. In the spirit of our founder, D.J. De Pree, who established a willingness to abandon ourselves creatively to the influence of others, we’ve partnered with the world’s leading designers for generations—from midcentury icons George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard to Michael Anastassiades, Scholten & Baijings, Yves Béhar, and more of today’s leading design minds. Our work with them continues to explore design as a method of change, and the enriching value authenticity brings to our lives. Together, we’re shaping the new kinds of spaces where people will live and work for years to come.

FAQs

Is embody better than Aeron? ›

The Embody has a thin high back design while the Aeron has a wide back that is more of a mid-back height. Each chair has soft arms but the Embody's arm adjustments are better suited for a wider range of people while the Aeron arm adjustments are better suited for typing and tasking.

Is the Embody chair good? ›

Our Verdict

The Herman Miller Embody scores exceptionally well in our tests and is a premium office chair. It's incredibly comfortable and you can easily sit in it for a full day. It boasts an excellent set of adjustable features, which allows it the capability to be customizable for many.

How heavy is Herman Miller Embody? ›

Chair Weight: 51 lbs. Shipping Box Weight: 63 lbs.

Does the Embody chair recline? ›

The innovative backrest is attached to a standard “smooth” synchro-tilt mechanism. This forces you to sit in what is essentially one position – you can recline a bit if you exert your back and thigh muscles, but the resistance rises quickly and you won't be able to hold the position for any significant length of time.

How do you sit in an embody? ›

Sit Better - YouTube

How long does a Herman Miller Embody chair last? ›

“The Embody is designed to last up to 12 years, with 24-hour usage during that time,” Campbell said. “We're not in the warranty business, so this isn't a marketing claim. We want to ensure that our chairs actually last that long.

How long does an embody last? ›

An Embody Chair comes with a 12 year warranty period with 24-hour coverage. Ergonomically built, these chairs provide multiple adjustment options, accommodate all body types, and their build and quality stand the test of time.

Does embody have lumbar support? ›

The Embody tested well in our office for overall back support, however it doesn't have any individual lumbar support systems. This is something that a lot of people find that they need in an office chair, so if you're looking for lumbar height or depth adjustment, the Embody may not be the chair for you.

What chair do streamers use? ›

The top 3 brands command the majority of the influencer market share – The majority of YouTubers/Streamers use chairs from one of just three brands: DXRacer (26.8%), Herman Miller (15.9%), and Secretlab (12.2%). Collectively, these brands account for 54.9% of chairs used by YouTubers and Streamers.

Is the Embody chair breathable? ›

Breathable seat with four support layers. Pneumatic seat lift and adjustable armrests.

When did Herman Miller Embody come out? ›

Herman Miller started with the base of Embody, a high-backed task chair the company released in 2008 to conform with the natural bend in your spine.

How do you lift an Embody chair? ›

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How does the Embody chair work? ›

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Does embody have forward tilt? ›

Those adjust up and down, and also side-to-side. Unlike other chairs, they don't angle forward or backward. The Embody armrests are height and width adjustable.

Which chair is best for back pain? ›

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What is the correct ergonomic seating position? ›

Choose a chair that supports your spinal curves. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Adjust armrests so your arms gently rest on them with your shoulders relaxed.

How can I improve my gaming chair? ›

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How do I clean my Logitech embody? ›

BASE, FRAME, AND ARMS: Wash surface with a cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water. Rise thoroughly and dry with a so cloth. Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners. With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller Embody Chair will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction.

How big is Herman Miller Embody box? ›

Specifications. Box size is 27" x 28" x 25" and the chair does come partially disassembled.

Is Herman Miller SAYL comfortable? ›

The Sayl is one of Herman Miller's best-known office chairs and, particularly compared to the brand's other models, it's rather affordable. It's a strikingly comfortable and supportive chair, and if you're after something mid-range that won't break the bank, it's a fantastic option.

What chair does PewDiePie use? ›

PewDiePie has signed an exclusivity contract with Clutch Chairz and is known for using their Throttle Series line of gaming chairs. Throttle Series chairs are known for being ergonomically designed and able to fully recline to 180-degrees.

What kind of chair does Ninja use? ›

Ninja currently uses a custom-designed Maxnomic gaming chair made by NeedforSeat, but has previously used Dxracer, Techni, and AKracing chairs in different tournaments and competitions. Earlier in his Twitch/YouTube streaming career, he often used standard office chairs.

What chair does Pokimane use? ›

Pokimane now uses a Secretlab Titan Softweave chair.

Is Herman Miller high quality? ›

Herman Miller Embody

Everything from build quality to design aesthetic are very high-end and high quality. This chair also features some unique technology that others don't from Herman Miller. Starting out, it is equipped with a pixelated support system throughout the seat and on the back.

Who makes Herman Miller chairs? ›

MillerKnoll
TypePublic
PredecessorStar Furniture Co. Michigan Star Furniture Co. Herman Miller Furniture Company
Founded1905 (as Star Furniture Co.)
FounderD. J. De Pree
HeadquartersZeeland, Michigan , U.S.
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What does Herman Miller do with returns? ›

Upon return, your item will be inspected, and exchanges, credits, or refunds will be issued for the purchase price.

Who designed the Embody chair? ›

Making of the Embody Chair

Designer Jeff Weber tells you how the Embody chair came to be.

How much weight can a Herman Miller chair hold? ›

Classic Aeron A-, B-, and C-size chairs are tested and warranted for use by persons 300 pounds and under.

How do you use a Logitech Herman Miller chair? ›

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Can you adjust the height of a gaming chair? ›

A gaming chair has a gas spring in the cylinder underneath the seat, which allows the height to be adjusted.

How do you adjust the backfit embody on Reddit? ›

Rotate Backfit adjustment clockwise to the full forward position. Rotate Backfit rearward (counterclockwise), which provides more room for your thoracic curvature and adds support for your lumbar region. Check that the middle of your head is perfectly aligned with the bump of the Embody chair.

How do you adjust a Henry Miller chair? ›

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Can you sit cross legged on Embody chair? ›

Also, YOU CAN SIT CROSS-LEGGED in the Embody, and it's very comfortable with the back supporting you in different strange positions.

What kind of chair does XQC use? ›

Last year, XQC used a Herman Miller Embody chair. His model had a standard black graphite frame and 'Blue Grotto' fabric upholstery. In 2021, xQc used a black graphite Embody with Blue Grotto fabric upholstery. Recently, he's been using a Herman Miller Aeron.

What is the difference between Aeron B and C? ›

The Herman Miller Aeron chair comes in 3 different sizes. Size A, size B, and size C. Size A is the smallest of the bunch, size B is the standard size chair, and the size C is the plus size model. Which size is right for you?

How heavy is the Aeron chair? ›

Specifications
Chair SizeSmall (A)Medium (B)
Base Dimensions27”W27”W
Chair Weight40 lbs.41 lbs.
Shipping Box Dimensions41″ x 28″ x 27″41″ x 28″ x 27″
Shipping Box Weight45 lbs.46 lbs.
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How can I tell what kind of Herman Miller chair I have? ›

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Is Herman Miller Embody breathable? ›

Breathable seat with four support layers. Pneumatic seat lift and adjustable armrests.

Is Herman Miller high quality? ›

Herman Miller Embody

Everything from build quality to design aesthetic are very high-end and high quality. This chair also features some unique technology that others don't from Herman Miller. Starting out, it is equipped with a pixelated support system throughout the seat and on the back.

When did Herman Miller Embody come out? ›

Herman Miller started with the base of Embody, a high-backed task chair the company released in 2008 to conform with the natural bend in your spine.

Are ergonomic chairs worth it? ›

Ergonomic chairs can improve back pain by promoting a sitting posture that allows proper alignment of the shoulders, hips, and spine. This reduces abnormal strain on the body and prevents harmful positions such as slouching and forward head.

How does the Embody chair work? ›

Herman Miller Embody Office Chair: Is It Worth It? - YouTube

What is the Embody chair made of? ›

The Embody chair's components are comprised of steel, plastic, aluminum, textile, foam, and other materials. The Embody chair is up to 95 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life. Embody is comprised of 42% recycled materials.

How do I clean my Logitech embody? ›

BASE, FRAME, AND ARMS: Wash surface with a cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water. Rise thoroughly and dry with a so cloth. Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners. With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller Embody Chair will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction.

What is the cheapest Herman Miller? ›

Mixing mid-century modern design with elements from performance chairs, the Zeph is Herman Miller's cheapest ergonomic office chair in history.

Does embody have lumbar support? ›

The Embody tested well in our office for overall back support, however it doesn't have any individual lumbar support systems. This is something that a lot of people find that they need in an office chair, so if you're looking for lumbar height or depth adjustment, the Embody may not be the chair for you.

What is Herman Miller's most expensive chair? ›

It's the most expensive office chair Herman Miller makes. This chair has named designers and a philosophy. Herman Miller's website says that the Embody was designed to solve “the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology.”

How long can embody last? ›

But, like a good salesman, Campbell has an answer to that objection as well. “The Embody is designed to last up to 12 years, with 24-hour usage during that time,” Campbell said.

Who designed the Embody chair? ›

Making of the Embody Chair

Designer Jeff Weber tells you how the Embody chair came to be.

How much weight can a Herman Miller chair hold? ›

Classic Aeron A-, B-, and C-size chairs are tested and warranted for use by persons 300 pounds and under.

Why does my ergonomic chair hurt my back? ›

The main reason behind this is that sitting, in an office chair or in general, is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

Why you should invest in an ergonomic chair? ›

Ergonomic Chairs Reduce Pain and Increase Productivity

Employees who experience joint pain or discomfort and stress on the spine, shoulders, and neck from slouching in their chairs are less productive.

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