A while back, the folks here at Smart Furniture were curious about Herman Miller's Embody Chair and how well it would affect their everyday work environment — so what better way to figure it out than to just sit in one! I was happy to take the opportunity to sit on Embody for one week and write about my thoughts. Here's day 1 of our Embody Chair review.
This morning I discovered a lever on the Embody that I had previously ignored. It's the lever that controls how far back you can lean, and it's located on the back left beneath the seat. So I experimented with different recline positions today. There are 4 in all. The committee's findings were that I like the most recline possible, a conclusion foreshadowed by my writing on how to look like a slacker and still get work done (Day 2).
The most upright position put me at an angle not unlike the Aeron's forward-tilt posture, and kind of pushed me forward towards the desk. The upgrade on the Embody is that the setting didn't push me forward and KEEP ME THERE as much as it suggested an upright posture by locking the recline. If I wanted to move, all I had to do was lean my upper body backwards and the jointed, flexible back on the Embody chair allowed me to stretch. It felt like the most productivity-oriented position and was definitely an upgrade over the "ergonomic chair" (said with a nasal, sort of dorky voice) I was given at The Insurance Company.
The middle settings felt like I was delaying the inevitable and I didn't stay in them for long. I just wanted to lean back and not play with the settings any longer. I guess I kind of took some of the new-toy-that-I-need-to-play-with fun out of the first day by forgetting to do all this when I first sat down in the Embody, but at this point I already know what I like. And now, I will go home for the night.
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