Though our recent Test Lab experience with Herman Miller's Embody Chair was a successful one (we loved the lumbar support), we really enjoyed our trial period with the competitor — the Leap Chair from Steelcase. Less a show dog and more a work horse, the Leap is basic enough not to offend your design aesthetic and we found it easier to use...
You'll see in the pictures that all of the levers and adjustment tools on the Leap are clearly labeled — we jumped right in and easily figured out how to manipulate the chair for our own comfort. No guidebook or learning curve — it's just a very nice chair. The Steelcase Leap chair received Silver Cradle to Cradle Product Certification from MBDC and is up to 94% recyclable.
Our test model was upholstered in a soft white leather (ridiculous but ra-sha-sha!) and I included an image with my arm to prove that the pictures I took were NOT black and white...just a white, silver and black colored chair in a fluorescent-lit, black floored, white walled hallway.
* The lowest-priced Steelcase Leap is $849, and the model we tested has an MSRP/list price of $1543 (though we've been told it can usually be found for $950).
(Images: Aaron Able, Steelcase)