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Aeron Chair Upgraded, New from Herman Miller the Embody Chair

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You thought the Aeron was cool?  Wait till you take a seat on Herman Miller’s new Embody chair. Herman Miller, the company that designed the iconic Aeron Chair, is back with a new ergonomic desk chair meant to enhance health and productivity of workers called Embody. Designed by the late Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber, the Embody chair was made to respond to involuntary human behavior. “Sitting in this chair versus other chairs you can actually reduce your heart rate, increase your blood flow and open up your chest cavity,” said Jeff Jansma, director of new product commercialization. One significant feature of the new chair is an exposed spine-like flexing structure for the backrest.

The back moves with 56 flexors to support the occupant, and the seat cushion is topped with 93 connected plastic discs, or pixels, to move as the sitter moves. Embody, which comes in 13 colors and three finishes, has a price tag slightly higher than the Aeron, costing $1,595. It will be available at retail stores sometime in early 2009 and hopes to attract early adopters and trendsetters in the market place. Although the company has yet to disclose if the two years of research it spent on Embody will spark future products, it concedes that there are other opportunities on the horizon. – Via

6 comments

  • Jackson Edgewood October 6, 2008 at 21:14 PM Login to Reply →

    I heard this chair is supposed to improve your health. It sounds crazy but I believe it! I had hip surgery and I’ve been sitting in an Aeron every since. I got it online, which is totally the way to do it these days, on preownedaerons.com because after that doctor’s bill I knew I couldn’t afford an Aeron from anywhere else. But its still beautiful and I could swear its never been sat in.

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  • Down Comforter October 7, 2008 at 06:56 AM Login to Reply →

    doesent seem comfortable though

  • Reiser May 19, 2009 at 15:15 PM Login to Reply →

    I bought an Aeron in response to lower back pain. The pain disappeared within a few weeks, but over the subsequent years, a much more indidious problem crept up on me. Sitting in an Aeron, due to the tight hammock of material that supports your hips, will slowly stretch your hips apart and interrupt the normal functioning of your hip flexors. It took me four years but I finally realized what was going on, and consigned the Aeron to the corner of my office. Every once in a while, I’ll sit in it just to check, and within ten minutes I’ll start to feel tingling on the back of my legs. None of these high-tech ergonomic chairs can cover up the fact that it’s completely unnatural for a human being to spend 8+ hours a day sitting down!

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