Nelson Marshmallow Sofa by Herman Miller
designed by George Nelson
At A Glance:
The playful Nelson Marshmallow Sofa is a landmark of modern design that's still turning heads and making people smile. The cushions can be all the same color or in multiple colors for the right look in a private office, lobby, lounge, living room, or den. It's a one-of-a-kind whimsical design with 18 round, upholstered cushions that float on the frame. The cushions are also detachable for easy cleaning and interchanged to equalize wear or create a new look.
What's To Like:
The Marshmallow Sofa is a combination of art and whimsy, with such a unique form that it's unmistakable. In Herman Miller's crowd of Mid-Century classics, this sofa stands out. And why shouldn't it? With its origin in George Nelson's desire to use foam scraps that were accumulating, and its current day collection of fine leathers and soft textile upholstery, this is one sofa that you'll be proud to own. It's truly a piece of decor history.
What's Not to Like:
Well, let's start with the price, and proceed to the multiple-cushion form. This isn't (and isn't trying to be) the ultimate comfy couch. It's a piece of sculpture with roots in the furniture world. In that respect, there isn't much to dislike. The Marshmallow Sofa's a classic.
The Bottom Line:
The Marshmallow Sofa is completely true to George Nelson's original design and detailing. With the unique multi-cushion design and steel frame, he accomplished his goal of reducing waste through re-use, and created a memorable modern sofa.
- Overall: 31" h x 52" w x 29" d
- Seat Height: 16"
- Brushed-finish tubular steel frame with black satin-finish legs
- 18 circular cushions with polyester fabric or leather upholstery
- Glides for hard floor or carpet
The Herman Miller Nelson Marshmallow Sofa is also known by the following manufacturer Item Number: 5670.
Brushed-finish tubular steel frame, satin-finish legs. 18 circular cushions, polyester or leather fabric upholstery.
Overall: 31" h x 52" w x 29" d
Seat height: 16"
A 100 percent recycled polyester, Crepe is durable, easy to clean and comfortably soft. A more affordable alternative to leather, Crepe has a 60,000 double rub polyester.
Chromium free and in stock at Herman Miller, standard leather is a winner for most. Direct from Austria with a matte, soft feel, this is the most popular leather used on Herman Miller upholstered items. It has a faint embossed grain pattern and little shine.
The catalog also said, "Despite its astonishing appearance, this piece is very comfortable."
Designed by Irving Harper and George Nelson, the sofa was reintroduced by Herman Miller after a 34-year hiatus in 1999.
The Marshmallow Sofa is part of two lists:
Top 10: Furniture that Would Confuse Your Grandmother
Top 10: Furniture that Could Appear in A Clockwork Orange.