Rank: #3 in Office Chairs
Recommend to a Friend? 90%
Return Rate: 4.8%
Materials & Measurements
Frame and casters are made from steel, plastic, and aluminum. 4-mesh seat is made from foam, textile, and other materials. Embody is 95 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life.
Seat width: 21.25"
Seat height: 16"-20.5"
Seat depth: 15"-18" (6 locking positions)
The Embody Chair is a truly revolutionary product. In nearly every category an office chair can be judged, it either matches or betters it's competition. In many of those categories, it has made contributions that have changed the face of the office furniture industry in a permanent way. The Herman Miller Embody Chair has won awards and praise from every corner of the design world, as well as from manufacturers, environmental groups, physicians, ergonomic scientists, and, of course, customers and office workers. In the end, it's the deep comfort, unwavering support and fresh, modern design that set this chair apart from it's peers. It looks great, it fits great, and it's actually good for you. The Herman Miller Embody Chair is at the forefront of an ongoing shift in the way we look at, experience, and work in office chairs. These are just some of the reasons why you should buy Embody.
With the Embody Chair your spine will always be supported in the appropriate places (including excellent lumbar region support), your legs, elbows and buttocks will never lose circulation or be in enough discomfort that you have to get up and stretch, or walk around. When you want to recline, or move in your chair to reach an awkwardly placed object, this chair moves with you, maintaining support and total ergonomic principles.
Back support is vitally important to your health, but it's often ignored by traditional office chairs, that usually give you a rigid backing (often padded) which can possibly recline. Essentially, it's a back with all the flexibility and support of a wooden board. With the Embody Chair, every area of your back is supported and moved with, as the Tri-Flex system administers comfort and support in three distinct zones. Increased back support means increased back health; which means better circulation, less discomfort and distress, higher rates of productivity and activity, and better moods and states of mind while you're working. If you have back support needs, the Embody Chair was made for you.
When you buy an Embody Chair from Smart Furniture, the chair you receive will have been fully customized by you in our Smart Designer customization tool. You choose the color, the finish, the adjustments and attachments. In the end, the chair you buy will be as unique and personal as you are.
Get comfort, support and design in one very cool package; get the Embody Chair today.
- The Embody Task Chair is up to 95 percent recyclable and is composed of 42 percent recycled materials. In addition, its steel and aluminum materials are 100 percent recyclable. Packaging materials are part of a closed-loop recycling system, allowing them to be recycled perpetually.
- Embody is manufactured using 100 percent renewable energy without any air or water emisisons released during production.
- Manufactured at an ISO 14001-certified site (which is also a LEED Pioneer building) that on average generates a mere 77 pounds of landfill per month- just enough to fill one trashcan.
- Embody contains no PVCs.
Read the complete Embody Chair Environmental Summary.
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About The Manufacturer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
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Embody was created by Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf. Stumpf began working with Herman Miller in 1970 and was instrumental in designing the Ergon, Equa, and Aeron Chairs. Arguably the most knowledgeable designer in the world in the field of ergonomic seating, Stumpf came to Herman Miller with partner Jeff Weber with the goal of creating a chair that could "Go beyond just minimizing the negative effects of sitting... that positively impacts your life so you can work and live better." Sadly, Stumpf passed away in 2006. Collaborating with over 30 professionals at Herman Miller, including physicians and PhDs in the fields of biomechanics, physical therapy, and ergonomics, Jeff Weber carried on with Stumpf's vision. His team ultimately succeeded in creating the world's first health-positive office chair.During Embody's development, Herman Miller's engineering staff operated under three hypotheses:
- An office chair can provide therapeutic benefits to it owner, rather than just being a heath-neutral seating device.
- Wide variations in spinal curvature can be overcome through ergonomics to achieve natural "postural equilibrium"- the optimal upright point where the eyes are vertically aligned with the hips.
- Comfort, liveliness, and health-positive benefits can be realized through the use of dynamic surface pressure, rather than non-dynamic surface pressure.
Using professional input on these three assumptions drove early design of the Embody Chair and resulted in the first protoptypes. In laboratory experiments involving kinematics, preferred postures, common seated tasks, and metabolics, Weber refined Embody's design and confirmed the health-positive benefits it could deliver.
Scientific Studies and Design Links
- How the Embody Chair Improves Oxygen Flow While Seated
The seat you sit on can affect how easily your body receives oxygen through the bloodstream. Not surprisingly, the Embody Chair encourages superior blood flow due to its ergonomic design and materials.
- Promoting Healthy Movement & Natural Alignment with the Embody Tilt
This article breaks down the relationship between the human spine and the Embody Chair's Backfit and tilt mechanism.
- How Embody Lowers Heart Rate and Improves Cardiovascular Circulation
Your heart rate can be a factor in the onset of cardiovascular disease- often caused by inactivity and long periods of sitting. The designers of the Embody Chair decided to tackle this by making a chair that encourages movement.
- Making Breathable Seating Possible
The Pixelated Support System of the Embody Chair not only relieves stress and pressure from the thighs- it permits air circulation and breathability too.
- How Embody Promotes Healthy Alignment
The spine of the chair was designed by Weber and Stumpf to mimic the human spine in terms of its flexibility and support. The result is that Embody encourages you to move in a way that's totally natural.
- Embody and the Science of Pressure Distribution
Herman Miller took on a problem people have struggled with ever since we've sat in chairs- the pressure on the legs while sitting that only increases with time
Groundbreaking ErgonomicsExquisite comfort is one of the hallmarks of the Embody Chair. Designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf for Herman Miller, the goal for this chair was always total ergonomic comfort. Stumpf was also the lead designer for the groundbreaking Aeron Chair, and he was interested in pushing ergonomic principle as far as it would go; for the Herman Miller team, that meant the design that eventually became the Embody. Everything about the chair is fashioned carefully and correctly to form a cohesive whole. The seat is not only designed to support your weight and keep you in good balance, the material itself is designed to increase air flow and keep you cool while you're working.
The edge of the seat is flexible, taking pressure off of your thighs. The backing of the chair, a real attention grabber with it's beautiful and intricate design, is able to bend and lean with you, no matter what angle you're sitting at. Most chairs either go backward or forward; the Embody Chair can go backward and forward at the same time, not to mention sideways and torqued positions. It's meant to keep your back comfy, and users who sit in the Embody Chair for long periods of time report increased mood and productivity, as well as never having to get up to stretch their legs or move around to get their circulation going. This is one reason why Embody makes a great office chair. What office wouldn't be better off getting comfort and productivity out from the chairs that fill it?
Another aspect of the Embody Chair's comfort metrics is adjustment. This chair can be adjusted in many different ways, all in an effort to fit your body and your needs perfectly. The seat can be extended, the arm rests can go up, down, sideways and in; the height of the chair and the tension in the back can all be modified to your exacting specification, making the Embody one of the more personal and adaptable chairs on the market.
If you're looking for a way to make your workday easier on your back, shoulders and legs, and if you're interested in increasing mood, health, and productivity, then the Embody Chair has all the amenities you need in a comfortable office chair. An intuitive piece of design, this is a chair that will read the lines of your body, react with appropriate flexibility and give, and make your working day better than before.
The best new office chairs value support at a very high level. Ergonomic science and research, which Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber both followed closely and contributed to, has shown the way to a new generation of furniture designers, revealing in detail the best ways to orient workers, support their backs, necks and shoulders, and increase their working efficiency and productivity. That's not to mention increasing their physical health and their mood, two things which office chairs aren't supposed to have anything to do with. But the Embody Chair is a different animal.
The Embody Chair was built to be the world's first health positive chair, the first office product that actually makes you better, rather than just makes you feel better. Because of this, Embody makes an excellent all around computer chair outside of the workplace.
Strikingly Original DesignBill Stumpf and Jeff Weber were committed to making this chair the crowning achievement of the ergonomic furniture movement. But both men were also excellent designers of furniture, industrial and otherwise. It's the look of the Embody Chair that often sets it apart from it's peers when the average consumer is shopping.
The innovative and original back of the chair, the tapered headrest at the top; the moving, curvilinear armrests and the elegant seat all combine to form a unique and attractive whole. The vibrant colors available in the chair don't hurt it's image either, nor Smart Furniture's emphasis on customization.
- Embody Chair Review
One Week with Embody: a comprehensive review from one of our staff members about their experience sitting on an Embody Chair
- Embody Chair Video Review
A staff member demonstrates how to use the Embody Chair and goes over its qualities. Shot in the Smart Furniture studio.
- Independent Embody Chair Review
An independently conducted review of the Embody Chair's pros and cons
- Embody Chair in the News
Headlines from across the country featuring the Embody Chair
- Embody Chair Videos
Videos featuring the design and features of Embody
- Embody Chair Reviews by our Staff
The Smart Furniture staff's reactions to sitting in the Embody Chair
- A Day in the Embody Chair
An office chair connoisseur takes a seat in the Embody Chair for a day and offers his reflections
- The Embody Chair: Office Superhero
An amusing take on how this chair impacts the life of one small office
- The Life of the Embody Chair
How this long-lasting chair can affect the user during its lifespan
Shipping & Delivery
Standard Shipping Service:
Free Front Door Delivery: $0.00
With front door delivery, your items will be placed outside next to your front door. When your order arrives to the station in your home town, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery day and time. An appointment will be made prior to delivery and a signature will be required. Please note that this service does not include delivery inside your home or office, so be prepared. If you want to save a little money on shipping and have friends to help you move and unpack, this is your best option
In Home Delivery: $59.00
In Home delivery is a cost effective way to have large, heavy items delivered inside your home or office when you just do not want to be bothered by moving and lifting. When your order reaches the local station in your area, you will be contacted to schedule a delivery appointment (with a 4-5 hour window).
*Note: Shipping fees are per item and apply to orders shipped within the Contiguous United States
To get the most current stock status for Embody Chairs, call our professional salespeople at 888-467-6278. Smart Furniture has a number of Embody Chairs in stock that are ready to ship immediately. Customized Embody Chairs are made-to-order and usually arrive within 4 weeks from the date of purchase.
Embody Chairs configured with a graphite base/frame, Rhythm Black fabric, with or without arms, and standard carpet casters ship to your door in as little as 10 business days. To see current stock levels, click on the "See What's in Stock" section on the design tool above or give us a call at (888) 467-6278 to speak with a Smart Furniture representative in Chattanooga, TN.
- Type: 1 box
- Box dimensions (Fully Assembled Chair): 28" x 28" x 41"
- Box Dimensions (Ready to Assemble Chair): 28" x 26" x 24"
- Packaged weight: 62 lbs.
- Assembly required: Fully assembled chairs require no assembly. Please allow 20-25 minutes to assemble a ready to assemble chair
The Embody Chair with Herman Miller's 12-Year, 3-Shift Warranty, covering casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts and all moving mechanisms -- labor included. *Please note that the Balance White fabric is not covered under this warranty.
To learn more about the value delivered by Herman Miller's extended 12-year warranty, read Embody Chair: A Quarter a Day.
If you purchase something from us we back up the warranty. Whether the product comes with a 1, 3, or 12 year warranty if you have a warranty issue contact us! If we can send you a part, we do. If your item needs to be completely replaced, we send you a new one. If you need servicing, we work with local dealers to have a certified repair technician come out to your location. With your proof of purchase you can also make warranty claims with any authorized seller or Herman Miller directly. We try to do whats easiest for you and are there for you down the road like you hoped we would be. Shop SmartFurniture.com and be pleasantly surprised with our customer service every time you turn around.
Do you have specific questions about what's covered under Herman Miller's warranty for this product? Give our sales team a call at 888-467-6278 to get your questions answered.
Did you purchase a piece of Herman Miller furniture that's not working as expected? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our customer service department at 888-762-7841, and we'll take care of you. We usually ask for a photo or video of the warranty issue that you're experiencing, so if you want to expedite the warranty claim process, you can e-mail us with those attachments, and we'll jump on filing the claim for you right away
Do you have questions about this product?
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Q:What is the maximum recline angle?Asked on 6/25/2013 by Brian
A:The Embody chair has a back tilt range of 94-120 degrees and the seat has a tilt range of 3-15 degress.Answered on 6/25/2013 by Karen G. from Smart Furniture
Q:I need to sit almost vertically with good lumbar support. Is this chair capable of supporting me in this position, or is the default upright position going to recline my back?Asked on 7/18/2012 by bebop from san francisco
A:The Embody Chair was designed to best work with a reclined posture. You can lock the back upright to prevent it from reclining as well as adjust the curvature of the spine to match your back. It could work well for you but please note: the seat on the Embody is not the most cushy, sitting upright 100% of the time you may be more comfortable in a foam, mesh or gel seat.Answered on 7/19/2012 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
Q:Is Translucent Casters work on Hard FloorAsked on 3/10/2012 by GCTC from NY
A:Yes, the translucent casters are like the Casters for Hard Floors and/or Carpet but with clear polycarbonate wheels.Answered on 3/12/2012 by Anonymous
A:Yes, Translucent is for beauty and is exactly like the hard wood casters.Answered on 6/2/2012 by Bobby V. from Stroudsburg, PA
Q:Does the white balance fabric get dirty?Asked on 12/13/2011 by Anonymous
A:Most certainly. You may want to go with a darker color if you are worried about it.Answered on 12/14/2011 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
Q:how do you purchase a new fabric cover if original is soiled/worn?Asked on 5/18/2011 by Danny from Portland, OR
A:Unfortunately this is not a do it yourself project that we can just sell you parts for. You would need to have this done by a professional. Contact us for your local Herman Miller Commercial dealer for information or you can contact Herman Miller directly at 800 646 4400.Answered on 5/18/2011 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
Q:I received my Embody chair today, but seat of the chair wouldn't lift. How can I fix it?Asked on 12/20/2010 by I love my Embody Chair
A:Embody Chairs are shipped in the lowest position and can experience the following:
Vibration in transit can cause the cylinder to "settle" into the base deeper than intended. The chair will appear to be "stuck" in the lowest position. This can be corrected by (1) standing over the chair, (2) firmly pulling up on the "joy stick" until it almost touches the rubber tension knob, (3) grabing the opposite side of the seat with your free hand, and (4) pulling up on the chair while swiveling the chair back and forth.
The activation end of the cable may have come loose from the top end of the pneumatic cylinder. This can be corrected by (1) from the left side of the chair, as seated, locate the activation cable. this can be found between the under side of the seat and the top of the tilt. (2) Grasp the cable and attempt to pull it toward you. (3) If the cable comes out you will can re-attach it by slipping the ball end into the fork on the top of the cylinder. You may need a flashlight to see the mechanism. (4) Snap the cable collar into the holder on the top of the cylinder. (5) Activate the "joy stick"Answered on 12/20/2010 by Anonymous
A:THe seat height adjustment is on the right side front. It is the clear lever and operates by pulling it and lifting or lowering.Answered on 3/6/2011 by Paul from Boston Suburb
A:You flick the clear plastic "switch" on the right side of the chair, and don't put pressure on it. It is basically the same as every other desk chair. They show it in the review video. If that doesn't work I am assuming it is broken. Now looking at the date I am assuming you have solved this problem.Answered on 3/9/2011 by Andrew from New Orleans, La
A:If pushing the little joystick in the middle of the adjustment knob just below and to the right of the seat doesn't do it (you might need to lift your wight off of it), then it might be broken.Answered on 5/2/2011 by Patrick the Artist from Albuquerque, NM
Q:Can this chair be used at a office counter environment. Seat of chair needs to be 26" above floor. Please advixeAsked on 11/28/2010 by Bruce Woolpert from Cupertino, CA
A:Even with the extended height cylinder on an Embody the maximum seat height is 22". You will need a work stool like the Aeron Stool (http://www.smartfurniture.com/products/Aeron-Stool.html) that has a higher seat height. Embody does not have a stool version.Answered on 11/29/2010 by Melanie from Smart Furniture
A:Agreed. I think the Aeron Stool would be your best bet. An Embody Stool would be interesting though!
http://www.smartfurniture.com/products/Aeron-Stool.htmlAnswered on 11/30/2010 by Embody Chair Fan from New York
Q:How do I clean my Embody Chair?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:BASE, FRAME & ARMPAD MAINTENANCE: For normal cleaning, wash surface with a soft cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use solvents or abrasive kitchen cleaners.
BALANCE FABRIC MAINTENANCE: For normal cleaning, vacuum fabric as needed. Vacuuming picks up dust and reduces the need for professional cleaning. Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush.
To spot-clean fabric, immediately soak up the stain with a soft absorbent cloth. Do not dry the stain completely or it may set. The longer a stain is allowed to remain on a fabric, the more difficult it is to remove.
For water-based stains such as coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, or milk use a water-based cleaner (specifically made for cleaning fabric) or a solution of mild (alkaline) warm soapy water (not overly soapy) applied with a damp clean cloth or sponge. Work the cleaner into a lather or foam. Never use hot water, it will set the stain. Avoid scrubbing.
OTHER CARE & MAINTENANCE CONSIDERATIONS: Do not over apply water or any liquid solution to fabric. Excessive wetting of the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage to the material. Do not rub too vigorously or you may damage the nap of the fabric or break fibers. Soak up all remaining solution and then use another clean cloth or sponge dipped in cool water to remove any residue. Let fabric dry thoroughly and then vacuum well before using.
If large areas are soiled or stains resists cleaning, contact a professional cleaning firm.Answered on 10/6/2010 by Gil from Chattanooga, TN
Q:How do I know what color the back of the Embody will be? I have seen photos where it is graphite and also where it is translucent (referring to the flexible plastic lining the back of the chair, not the I-shaped supports).Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:For chairs with Rhythm Black, Balance Carbon, or Balance Black upholstery and graphite frame finish, the back mat will be graphite. For all other options, the back mat is translucent.Answered on 10/8/2010 by Smart Furniture
Q:What can I do if the fabric is worn within the 12-year warranty period?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:Herman Miller's 12-year warranty covers the chair for normal wear and tear. Fabric covers are replaceable. Warranty does not cover fabric that is soiled, stained, or damaged due to improper cleaning.
*Please note that Balance White fabric is not warrantied against discoloration.Answered on 10/8/2010 by Smart Furniture
Q:If I order braking casters, do all five wheels lock in place?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:All five casters have brakes, BUT not locks. With weight in the chair the casters roll freely, but with weight removed an internal brake causes friction on the wheels which does allow the chair to roll with some additional effort.Answered on 10/8/2010 by Smart Furniture
Q:Which base option is more durable? Which option is lighter? Do the terms polished aluminum, titanium and graphite mean different material, or just different colors on the same material?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:All Embody Chair bases are cast aluminum and are the same weight. The material on all bases are equally durable, however they vary in cosmetic durability. By far, the graphite base shows the least amount of wear and tear, scuffs, etc.Answered on 10/8/2010 by Smart Furniture
Q:How much weight can it hold?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Anonymous from SF
A:The Embody Chair is tested to support up to 300 pounds.Answered on 10/8/2010 by Smart Furniture
Q:What's the difference between the Rhythm and Balance fabrics?Asked on 10/6/2010 by Gil from Chattanooga, TN
A:Rhythm is 100% polyester with no upcharge for application on the Embody chair as the fabric is an existing one for Herman Miller being used on other seating. Balance is 100% polyester knit, created specially for the Embody Chair. Loft, or thickness, gives it a cushy feel. Air and light pass through it more easily, providing maximum cushion and breathability.Answered on 10/6/2010 by Matt from Chattanooga, TN