The Herman Miller Embody chair was designed by Bill Stumpf, who also designed the Herman Miller Aeron chair, and the Embody won a 2009 Merit Award from Interior Design magazine. Almost every part of this chair is adjustable, and experts are impressed with its overall comfort, particularly its good lumbar support. What Herman Miller calls "a matrix of pixels" allows the seat and back to provide support no matter what position you sit in. The Embody is a large, heavy chair that won't easily fade into the background in an office, say some reviewers. If you'd rather spend less for a chair with good back support, the Herman Miller Aeron chair itself (*Est. $900 fully equipped) might be a good alternative, according to reviewers.
We found several single-product reviews of the Herman Miller Embody chair, including Gizmodo.com and Wired. Nearly all of the commentary we found was very positive.
The title of this review gives away the content; the reviewer can't say enough positive things about the Embody chair. Writing that it's the most comfortable chair he's ever sat in, Jason Chen goes on to explain -- with accompanying photos -- how the chair is put together, and the different ways you can adjust it. But what really makes the chair so comfortable, according to Chen, is that "the backrest has individual supports." This review is thorough and informative.
Review: Herman Miller Embody Review: The Best Chair We've Ever Sat On, Jason Chen, Nov. 3, 2008
This blogger uses the Embody for over a month, trying out all its adjustments and determining how sturdy it is. Like other reviewers, he says it's the most comfortable chair he's ever sat in for extended periods. He complains that the mechanism used to adjust the width of the arms doesn't seem well designed, and that he doesn't like the way the chair looks. This is a detailed review, with lots of photos.
Review: "Living With" Product Review: the Herman Miller Embody Chair, Hipstomp, Dec. 9, 2008
This is a very short, positive review of the Embody chair. Reviewer Steven Leckart writes, "The new Embody not only looks great -- we love the spinal-styled back -- it's heaven on our ischial tuberosities (you know, ass bones)."
Review: Product Review: Herman Miller Embody Chair, Steven Leckhart, Nov. 21, 2008
Jonathan Blum of Fortune Small Business magazine, in this video review, discusses two chairs: the Herman Miller Embody and the Generation by Knoll. Blum says that the Embody has been his favorite for a while, and demonstrates its good lumbar support.
Review: Cozy Chairs for the Office, Jonathan Blum, Jun 25, 2009
5. Interior Design magazine
The Herman Miller Embody is chosen by Interior Design magazine as one of the best products introduced in 2009, based on the opinions of a panel of designers and architects. According to the short write-up here, the Embody is designed "specifically for people who spend the majority of their day working with technology," and "fits all users through an adaptive design and intuitive adjustment controls."
Review: Best of the Year 2009 -- Seating Contract/Task, Editors of Interior Design magazine, Dec. 1, 2009
About.com's guide to furniture briefly describes what he thinks are the top five high-end office chairs. He says of the Embody chair that it has especially good lower back support, and that its "narrower back… lets you move your arms freely." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: High End Office Chairs, Abe Abbas
7. Contract magazine
Architect-designer Florencia Kratsman discusses the Steelcase Leap, Knoll Generation and Herman Miller Embody chairs. She particularly likes the seat-depth adjustment on the Embody chair, noting that "you never sacrifice lumbar support for seat depth, which is ideal for very short or tall users."
Review: Designers Rate Ergonomic Seating, Florencia Kratsman