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...
posted originally from: AT:New York
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)