Could we build a health-positive chair?
Bill Stumpf, who designed our Aeron, Equa and Ergon work chairs and worked for Herman Miller for more than three decades, brought the idea to us. Could such a chair be designed and made? Early on, we discussed the idea with the experts, testing three hypotheses: Work chairs 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 let us achieve postural equilibrium (the upright balance point when our eyes are vertically aligned with our hips) naturally, no matter what our spinal curvature.
Testing and research
Expert input on these hypotheses fuelled Weber and Stumpf’s early thinking about the chair and formed the basis of experiments designed to establish whether such a chair was possible. But Bill passed away in 2006. Weber carried on. As Embody’s designer, it was he who gave the chair its function and form, building on Bill Stumpf’s inspiration.
Creating a healthy connection
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 benefits.
Embody chair receives FX International Interior Design award in Best Workplace Seating category.2009Embody chair receives FX International Interior Design award in Best Workplace Seating category.
Embody chair receives Best of NeoCon Silver in the Ergonomic Desk/Task Seating category.2009Embody chair receives Best of NeoCon Silver in the Ergonomic Desk/Task Seating category.
Embody chair named "Best of 2008" by WIRED magazine.2008Embody chair named "Best of 2008" by WIRED magazine.