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Embody® Chair

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Availability:
4 - 6 weeks
Item #:
6458
Manufacturer:
Herman Miller

The first work chair designed specifically to create harmony between your body and your computer. What do we do every day? We sit. We sit in the office and at home. Staring at our computer screens moving nothing but our fingers. We get stiff and tired. Because sitting is bad for you. Embody is good for you. An agile chair that keeps your body and brain limber all day. Designed specifically for people who work for hours at computers, Embody is the first work chair that benefits both mind and body.

Business today depends upon innovation, creativity, ideas. So we had an idea: Design a chair that helps you innovate, create, come up with the ideas that keep your company growing—minds and bodies in motion. Because movement promotes blood and oxygen flow, which keeps the brain more focused and functional. Embody will move you.

Medical research suggests that our sedentary behaviors, especially long hours of sitting, contribute to obesity and the negative outcomes associated with it—diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and mortality [1]. Yes, we should all exercise more, but the truth is that sitting for hours every day in front of a computer is a fact of life that won't change any time soon.

The back of the chair looks like a spine? Entirely intentional. Embody's instinctive back adapts to your movement, adjusting automatically to your shifting positions, keeping your spine aligned and healthy. Whether you lean forward or recline, your lower back support remains constant—no adjustments needed. The narrow backrest lets your arms move unimpeded, adding comfort and encouraging additional air movement into the lungs to feed your brain.

Pixelated Support—thanks to a dynamic matrix of pixels—creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. 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 the sizes, shapes, postures, and spinal curves of different people. Seat depth adjusts to different thigh lengths; armrest motions fit the broadest ranges.

DIMENSIONS
  • Office Chair 
    • Overall: 29.5"W x 15"-18"D x 42"-45"H
    • Seat Height (SH): 15"-22"
    • Seat Width (SW): 21.25"

 

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ADJUSTMENT GUIDE

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ADDITIONAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE. CALL 816.283.3000

 

MATERIALS

Made of 42% recycled content. Fabrics made of 100% polyester.

ENVIRONMENTAL

The facility in which Embody chairs are made produces about one trash can of landfill waste a month, 77 pounds. None of that waste is hazardous. The facility uses nothing but renewable energy. Made of 42% recycled content, the Embody chair contains no PVCs; at the end of its lifecycle, 95% of Embody can be recycled.

The Embody chair adheres to the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry Cradle to Cradle protocol and supports Herman Miller's commitment to the environment. Embody is Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver and GREENGUARD certified, and it can provide credits for LEED certification.

SHIPPING / DELIVERY

*Ships assembled 

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RETURNS & EXCHANGES

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Designers

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Bill Stumpf once said, "I work best when I'm pushed to the edge. When I'm at the point where my pride is subdued, where I'm innocent again. Herman Miller knows how to push me that way, mainly because the company still believes—years after D.J. De Pree first told me—that good design isn't just good business, it's a moral obligation. Now that's pressure."

Stumpf's association with Herman Miller began in 1970 when he joined the staff of the Herman Miller Research Corporation. After establishing his own firm in 1972, Stumpf created the Ergon chair, the first ergonomic work chair. Later, in collaboration with Don Chadwick, he produced the groundbreaking Equa and iconic Aeron chairs. He also was principal designer for the Ethospace system.

"I enjoy myself, and I do it through design," Stumpf declared in an interview a few years ago. "I love beauty, and I love the availability of beautiful things and useful things immediately around me."

When he looked around, though, too often he saw design that "denies the human spirit," architecture that acknowledged money and not people, offices that were "hermetically sealed in artificial space." He constantly battled against such designed indignity—a battle that began in the 1960s at the University of Wisconsin.

"Everything goes back to those days at the University of Wisconsin," he said recently, referring to the postgraduate years he spent studying and teaching at the university's Environmental Design Center. "Everything was about freeing up the body, designing away constraints."

It was there where Stumpf, working with specialists in orthopedic and vascular medicine, conducted extensive research into ways people sit—and the ways they should sit. In 1974, Herman Miller commissioned him to apply his research to office seating. Two years later, the Ergon chair was introduced.

During his lifetime, Stumpf—a key figure in Herman Miller's transformation into a research-based, problem-solving innovator—received numerous awards for this work. He was named the winner of the 2006 National Design Award in Product Design, an award presented posthumously by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Stumpf died in 2006.

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As a kid, Jeff Weber was fascinated by the way things worked. "I was always tinkering—either building things or tearing them apart," he says. Watching his mechanical talents develop, his grandfather suggested that he consider becoming an industrial designer. Once he learned more, "I never really thought about doing anything else," recalls Weber.

Today he uses his considerable talents to improve the human condition by designing products that enhance people's lives—at home and at work. "There should always be a human benefit associated with whatever it is we're designing," he explains. "It's all about the experience, stimulating a person's senses in a positive or beneficial way."

While Weber's work includes a wide spectrum of products, he became interested in furniture design when he teamed up with Bill Stumpf, who worked with Herman Miller for 30 years. "Bill's design spirit will inspire all my future work," says Weber. One example is Stumpf's "uni-part" theory. "It says that all components of any given object must have a functional purpose as well as an aesthetic one," says Weber. "It's a fundamental principle we employ every day."

In the studio, that philosophy means the design of an object, a building, or a service "is the connective tissue between people and the world. The quality of that design really dictates the quality of the user's experience and thus defines our existence."

With an emphasis on results, an integral and important aspect in his design process is research. When designing Herman Miller's Embody chair, for example, Weber and the Herman Miller team spent nearly two years talking with experts in various fields of medicine, from specialists in upper-extremity conditions to optometrists and neurologists. It was all in an effort to gain a real understanding of what it takes "to support a body in space in a healthful way and enable motion at the same time," he says.

"The human body is a constant source of inspiration for me," he continues. "Workplace demands and responsibilities may change, but the human element remains relatively the same. My challenge is always, 'How can I produce something that will actually improve that condition?' Comfort and health are like love and peace: can we ever have enough?" he ponders.

Weber says the most satisfying part of his work is watching someone enjoying the final outcome of his efforts. "Seeing someone sitting in a chair and appreciating the logic and rationale behind it is very gratifying."

He says he's finding this stage of his career to be especially energizing. "I've always believed that good design is a blend of art and science," he says. "To use that combination in ways that positively impact how people live and work is really exciting to me."

Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.

Plastic

For normal cleaning, wash plastic surfaces 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.

Fabric

For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.

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  • Embody Adjustment Video
    Adjustment instructions for the Embody Chair by Herman Miller

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12 YEAR WARRANTY

What's Covered

Herman Miller's warranty covers everything—including electrical components, casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts, and all moving mechanisms. It recognizes the changing nature of work and the need for products that can stand up to continuous use. This means that when warranty work is performed in the U.S. and Canada, Herman Miller foots the bill. They promise to stand behind their quality 100 percent. Designed to improve your environment whether it's an office, hospital, school, home, an entire building, or the world at large.

How to Schedule Service

If you need product service or repair, please contact the Herman Miller dealer or retailer. They will be able to make the final determination whether the issue is specifically covered under the warranty and eligible for replacement or repair.

Provisions that apply to all Herman Miller-branded products and services:

Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”), 855 East Main Avenue, PO Box 302, Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302, USA, warrants the products sold by it and its subsidiaries to be free from defects in material and workmanship, regardless of the number of shifts during which the products are used, for the warranty periods specified.This warranty covers the sale of Herman Miller product in all countries. During the applicable warranty period, Herman Miller, as its sole obligation, will repair or replace (at its option) any product, part, or component covered by this warranty and sold after the effective date of this warranty which fails under normal use as a result of a defect in material or workmanship; Herman Miller will repair or replace the aforementioned product, part, or component with a comparable product, part, or component.This warranty extends only to the original purchasers who acquire new product from Herman Miller, its subsidiaries, or its authorized resellers. Any product, part, or component must have been used according to Herman Miller’s published instructions and installed and maintained by a Herman Miller factory-trained technician or an authorized Herman Miller dealer installer. If these requirements are met, warranty coverage will be extended. Any misuse, abuse, or modification to the original product voids the warranty. Herman Miller does not warrant the performance of the product when used in combination with other than original Herman Miller product.The warranty period starts from the date of purchase.This document inclusively describes all of the warranties given and remedies available with respect to the company’s products and services. Herman Miller and its subsidiaries disclaim any other warranty whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, in relation to the products.

Herman Miller does not warrant:
• natural variations in wood grain or figure or the presence of character marks
• changes in surface finishes, including colorfastness, due to aging or exposure to light
• marks, scars, or wrinkles occurring naturally in leather
• veins, marks, voids, fissures, or cracks found naturally in stone

In addition, Herman Miller does not warrant:
• failure resulting from normal wear and tear
• pilling of textiles
• the matching of colors, grains, or textures of natural materials
• the colorfastness or the matching of colors of textiles, including an exact match to cuttings, samples, or to swatch cards
• damage, marking, or staining of veneer surfaces due to contact with rubber or similar compounds; damage from sharp objects or imprinting from writing instruments, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
• discoloration of Lyris™, Lyris 2, and any light-colored textiles due to soiling, stains, or dye transfer from clothing including denim
• foreign objects abrading fabric over time

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