Embody is Good for You
Embody lets your body move and keeps you well supported,
because your mind works best when you move freely and stress
is minimized on your muscles, bones, and tissues. Blood
circulates better, heart rate goes down, more oxygen flows
to the brain, and there is no distracting discomfort or
physical constraint. That's critical in our idea economy
where innovation drives success and people get paid for
their thoughts and creativity.
New tilt technology. Embody's rotation points are within
the seat and back, and the base of the back remains fixed
relative to the seat; this encourages the body to move naturally
into the most positive seated postures.
Consistent support. Whether you lean forward or recline,
your lower back support remains constant--no adjustments
needed; users of all sizes can easily assume and maintain
a reclined position.
Working recline posture. Embody encourages this most healthful
posture for computer users; working recline reduces compression
of the spine and slows fluid loss from discs; plus, your
head stays in line with your computer display.
Narrow backrest. Your arms move unimpeded, adding comfort
and encouraging additional air movement into the lungs to
feed your brain.
Supporting You Naturally
Mimics the spine. The back is "alive," adapting to the shape
and movement of your spine; it automatically adjusts to your
shifting positions and supports you through the full range
of working postures.
Backfit adjustment. No matter what your spinal curvature,
this adjustment lets you achieve a neutral, balanced posture
and stay aligned with your computer display.
Gentle contact. Embody has no hard, rigid frames; edges flex
so there is no pressure on your legs and arms.
Conforming to You
Pixelated support. A matrix of pixels creates dynamic seat-and-back
surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement
and distribute your weight evenly.
Reduced stress. By fitting your form and reducing seated
pressure, Embody increases blood circulation, which improves
the flow of oxygen and decreases heart rate.
One chair size fits every body. Embody automatically adapts
to the wide variation in people's size, shape, posture, and
spinal curve; seat depth adjusts to different thigh lengths;
armrest motions fit the broadest ranges.
Form = Function
The look communicates performance. The chair's profile, which
mimics the spine, is driven by its health-positive features.
Visual contrast and balance. When viewed from the back, the
technology is exposed; when viewed from the front, you see
organic shapes and curves.
Textiles add warmth. More like a skin than a covering; textiles
are meant to enhance, not cover up; they have "loft" for
a cushy feel; light and air pass through; colors pair with
two frame colors and three base colors to simplify choice
and appeal to universal tastes.
Helps the World Around You
Strict standards. The Embody chair adheres to the McDonough
Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle protocol
and supports Herman Miller's commitment to the environment.
Certifications. Embody is MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver certified
and GREENGUARD certified; Embody can also provide credits
for LEED certification.
Recylable. Embody is 95 percent recyclable, has 42 percent
recycled content, and contains no PVCs.
The Embody story began in the design studio of Jeff Weber
and the late Bill Stumpf. They had an idea: 'What if a design
could go beyond just minimizing the negative effects of sitting?
What if we designed a chair that positively impacts your
life so you can work and live better?"
Stumpf, designer or co-designer of Herman Miller's Aeron,
Equa, and Ergon work chairs, came to Herman Miller with the
idea and said, "I think I have one more in me." Stumpf passed
away in 2006. Working closely with a cross-functional team
from Herman Miller, Weber carried on. As Embody's designer,
Weber gave the chair its function and form, building on Stumpf's
Their idea arose out of their approach to design. "You can't
design without empathy," says Weber, who also designed Herman
Miller's Caper chair. "Since design has become more technology
based, we've had to sit in our chairs in front of computers
for longer periods of time--just like everyone else. We identify
with the problems people have as a result of sitting, and
we identify with their need to produce ideas."
Throughout the development of Embody, over 30 professionals
contributed a range of expertise. Physicians and PhDs in
the fields of biomechanics, vision, physical therapy, and
ergonomics helped test hypotheses, review prototypes, and
conduct studies that helped guide the development of the
first health-positive chair.
In the earliest discussions with the experts, three hypotheses
were tested on them:
Office worker well-being and health 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 allow us to naturally achieve postural
equilibrium (the upright balance point when our eyes
are vertically aligned with our hips), no matter what
our spinal curvature.
Expert input on these hypothesis fueled Weber and Stumpf's
early thinking about the chair and formed the basis of experiments
designed to establish if such a 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
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