Herman Miller’s “Embody” Chair: Aeron++?

by Joey deVilla on November 4, 2008

Gizmodo has a photo gallery of Herman Miller’s follow-up to the popular (and very comfortable) Aeron chair: the Embody chair, which was designed by Aeron co-designer Bill Stumpf. They declare that it’s “The Best Chair We’ve Ever Sat On”:

This is supposed to be an extremely comfy chair. Its backrest is described as “a matrix of pixels creates dynamic seat-and-back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly.” The seat is “a series of plastic bands providing suspension, the second is a sheet of coils for support, the third is a system hexagonal rings that shift with your weight and the final layer is a mesh that allows air circulation to keep the sitter cool.”

It’s also supposed to be a “green” chair: made from non-toxic and sustainable materials and 42% recycled content. The entire chair is 95% recyclable.

By now, you’re probably asking “How much?” The answer: $1600.

Gizmodo’s subjective verdict:

…it is the most comfortable chair we’ve ever sat in. You can adjust the amount of recline, the tension of the recline, your seat depth, your back curvature, your armrest positioning and how high the seat is. But you can do this on many other chairs. What makes this one special—and more comfortable—is that the backrest has individual supports. Think of a Simmons mattresses with individual coils; this adjusts and supports whatever contortions you’re putting your spine through in your daily routine of reading Gizmodo.

It looks really nice. It’s a crying shame this chair is outside my budget; I think I’m going to opt for the Steelcase Leap chair, which is also quite comfy, and sells for a good $1000 less.

But wow, I’d love to have an Embody…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 biruhiko November 5, 2008 at 10:37 pm

I LOVE my Leap chair.

2 jtnoonan March 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I must have read 1,000,000 blog entries and reviews about this chair, but I finally was able to buy one this week! I’m not sure any chair is worth $1600, but I had to try it for myself, so I ordered one today! Black fabric on graphite frame and base…very safe, but very cool. Only a few sites are selling them…I ended up going with HermanMillerSeating.com – seemed most legit of the few selling them. I’ll be back once I’ve given it the tush test :)

3 tmpmb March 25, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Is there a black color for sale of the Embody chair like the one being shown on this site http://www.embodychair.net/ ? I like this chair but not the yellow/orange color!

Thanks

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