Embody - born with Gabriel fabric


Fabrics are not simply decorative. They contribute to functionality and support the movements of the chair instead of hindering them. Embody by Herman Miller was born with Gabriel fabric – in close US-Danish collaboration.

At one time Gabriel only supplied fabrics by the metre and in rolls, but that was long ago. Today we have switched the focus completely - fabrics in action - and that fits in with the latest market trends.

Tangible proof of this is provided by Embody, the new office chair from Herman Miller and the replacement for the massively successful Aeron.

Cutting-edge product development

Embody is nothing short of a revolution in office chairs – the first chair to support the mind and the body. It adapts perfectly to the movements of the body with the help of small, mobile cells and components, optimises blood circulation and makes it easier to breathe properly.

But how would it be possible to make sure that the fabric would stretch and move in harmony with the product development the chair represented – and how did it become feasible to recycle the individual components out of respect for the environment?

These questions were at the heart of 1½ years of a fruitful collaboration led by fabric consultant Susan Lyons from Herman Miller and designer Inger Mosholt Nielsen from Gabriel.