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Embody Task Chair

from Herman Miller ®

embody task chair

embody task chair

Design Bill Stumpf & Jeff Webber, 2008
Die-cast aluminum, fabric
Made by Herman Miller®

"I don't dwell too much in the what is. I spend much more of my time thinking about what isn't." -Bill Stumpf

Jeff Weber and his visionary design partner Bill Stumpf set out to create a chair that solved a problem no one else was addressing-the lack of harmony between people and their technology.

Introducing Embody™, the first chair designed to support your body and mind. Every part of the chair was designed to serve a specific, healthful purpose. Embody's Pixelated Support™ technology automatically conforms to your body's micro-movements, distributing your weight evenly. This improves blood flow, lowers resting heart rate, and eliminates discomfort and distractions. The feeling is as if you're floating in your chair.

Embody's back is inspired by the human spine. As you twist and turn in your chair, Embody moves with you. Its Backfit™ adjustment adapts to the unique curvature of your spine while you move freely and naturally. The chair's covering was made to behave like skin. Herman Miller, in collaborated with materials designer Susan Lyons, created a new textile specifically for Embody. The fabric would cushion the sitter, is breathable, translucent, and resilient.

The chair's tilt provides three zones of support, introducing a new model of kinematics that stabilizes the pelvis and supports the upper back without pressure on the thighs. Combining simple adjustments with instinctive design, Embody fits a wide assortment of body sizes, shapes, and spinal curves, in all kinds of workplaces. One size for all.

The seat depth adjusts from 15" to 18". The chair has a 5-star base and height range options. Arm choices include no arms or fully adjustable arms (adjust 6" vertically and 6" horizontally). Embody is built in Michigan at Herman Miller's Greenhouse facility using 100% green energy, it uses no PVCs, is made with 42% recycled content and is 95% recyclable. Chairs with 1HA03 (medley charcoal), 1HA04 (medley cinder), 1HA15 (medley blueberry), 1HA27 (medley açaí berry), 3014 (rhythm black), 3512 (balance carbon), and 3513 (balance black) fabric and graphite frame finish, receive a back mat in graphite. For all other options, the back mat is translucent.

standard-height range:
29.5" w | 15"-18" d | 43.5" max height | seat: 21.25" w | 16" - 20.5" h
warranty: 12 years

$1,395.00 + free shipping
(Please allow 6-8 weeks for this product to ship)
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.

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embody task chair

average rating: 4.5
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uber adjustable
, more than a month ago.
the chair took a couple of weeks to get the adjustments right, but now is very comfortable. So glad we bought with the taller shaft cylinder - makes it little better for the taller desk we have in lace
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Best Chair Money can Buy!
, more than a month ago.
The Embody is the best task chair money can buy! I purchased the Logitech version on another website for $1100 shipped to my door brand new a week ago and I'm in LOVE. This chair is built extremely well and came really well packaged. As soon as I sat in the chair, I knew that I made the right decision to invest in this chair for my health. I am 6'1 and 150lbs with long legs and this chair with the base seat all the way out fits me perfectly. I have the tilt set on a low setting bc the original setting required a little too much effort to lean back. I have the lumbar support cranked all the way up and that's what suits me the best. The chair has 4 tilt settings. 1 being 90 degrees, 2nd being 10 degrees, 3rd being 30 degrees and 4th being about 45 degrees and I have mine set on the 3rd settings. I also use a rocking stool for my feet to sit on and I usually have the stool at about a 45 degree angle and with my legs relaxed I am able to tilt back a little with no effort at all. The material is made of neoprene style which I like a lot bc it's grippy, stain resistant, and easy to clean. I never find myself sliding down in my chair and have to readjust every few minutes of sitting.

This chair does take a little getting used to. I have had this chair a week and the first few days was spent with me trying to figure out what nob does what and how I would like it set. Everyone's mileage is different bc no two spines or body's are alike but the Embody caters to about 95% of the population of different sizes and weights. The chair is extremely sturdy and supports someone up to 300lbs and even though I'm tall the top of the back sits at around my shoulder blades which is very comfortable and I never need a headrest. I have never had a headrest in any of my chairs so I'm not going to miss what I don't have. I know there are company's out there trying to make a headrest for the Embody but I don't think you'll need one and I believe in " if it's not broken, don't fix it."
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Expensive, but worth it so far.
, more than a month ago.
I never imagined I would pay more than a thousand dollars for a chair, but I also never imagined that I would be spending a year quarantined in my home.

Thus far the chair has met my expectations. The arm rests move in 4 directions and can be perfectly positioned. The curve of the chair against my lower spine provides the prefect amount of support to my lower back. The cushioning is perfectly comfortable. There are adjustments for height, seat depth, pressure required to recline and back angle. I've never owned a better chair.
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Ultimately disappointing
, more than a month ago.
I was originally content with this chair but after a couple weeks I've come to the conclusion it just isn't worth the money. The chair is noisy and offers no upper back support. The plastic edges on either side of the seat are sharp and quite painful. The armrests are also some of the worst I've seen in a chair. Not worth the price.
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Happy with purchase
, more than a month ago.
Super comfortable, and got a nice discount by ordering from Hive. Came in perfect condition too. Only downside is I wish I got a brighter color for the fabric, but that's a personal preference.

Some people say the Aeron is a lot more comfortable, because it feels more immediately 'cushy' when you sit in it. The Embody feels kind of like a glove, though, and is more satisfying overall to sit in. I also like the massive seat and tall back rest.
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