My wife happens to have hooked me up over the years with several of the "best" chairs on the market in terms of office chairs. I have currently in rotation a Herman Miller Aeron Chair as well as a Herman Miller Embody Chair and a Knoll chair with this bendy back. Not sure what the Knoll is called specifically but it doesn't really matter for the purposes of this little blog post.
I have 2 desk setups in the current studio and one in the 2nd studio. I rotate between the 2 Herman Miller chairs in the main and thought there was pretty much no difference. I was wrong.
My body had been hurting over the past week or so and i've been doing stretching and all kinds of other activities and what I call "free style yoga," to relieve the pain. Nothing was working. Then i thought, what has been different about my routine that my lower back would be killing me.
I have been sitting mainly in the Embody chair...
Granted, I sit at the computer daily more than most people, I'm sure. I regularly log 12-hour days (with standing breaks) in order to get everything done on a daily basis as i try to grow Tomde Studio, expand the team, bring in bigger clients, etc. I have no problem doing this, but I do need to be comfortable while doing it!!!
Anyway, if you're looking to pick any office chair in the world, pick the Herman Miller Aeron. It has supreme ergonomics and cradles your butt in a way that is honestly hard to explain. It's kind of like a trampoline or a suspension bridge.
You can get them from third parties for a reasonable price and I can assure you that your lower back will thank you. Hopefully this helps someone else who is dealing with lower back pains from their desk job like i was. The Aeron is straight magic, and i can attest to the fact that all Herman Millers are not created equal. There's a reason the Herman Miller is a legendary chair.
Nothing against Herman Miller at all. I respect and hold Herman Miller himself in high regard as a designer and as a brand. There are only a few brands out there designing office furniture that is truly notable from a design and ergonomics standpoint, and they're up there at the top, in my humble opinion.