Nelson Marshmallow Sofa
The playful Nelson Marshmallow Sofa by Herman Miller is a landmark of modern design that's still turning heads. The Herman Miller catalog promoted the sofa for home interiors and also for contract use in lobbies and “in public buildings where the very fact that it is unusual will be a plus.”
Eighteen cushions can be upholstered in your choice of leather or custom-ordered fabric. Cushions float on a brushed tubular steel frame with satin black legs. Cushions can be detached for easy cleaning or interchanged to equalize wear.
Herman Miller History
Founded in 1923 and recognized today throughout the world as an innovator in office and residential furniture design, Herman Miller has been ranked since 1986 among the top ten in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the 500 most admired companies. Their pioneering research into producing environmentally responsible furniture has earned them GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality certification for most of their products. Aesthetically, many of Herman Miller’s iconic designs, particularly from the 1940s and 1950s, are valuable collector’s items and on permanent display in museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1933, new furniture designs created by Herman Miller designer Gilbert Rohde exhibiting the smooth lines and unembellished shapes of the emerging mid-century modern furniture style were exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1944, Rohde’s successor George Nelson designed such enduring icons as the Platform bench, and was famously responsible for teaming the company with such influential design artists as Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi and Charles and Ray Eames. Charles Eames, widely regarded as a genius in contemporary furniture design, produced one of Herman Miller’s most successful products in 1956, the elegant Eames Lounge chair. In 1994, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf introduced a new office chair called Aeron (derived from the word aeration, which describes how the mesh suspension promotes comfort), which became an immediate worldwide success and earned a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as well. Today, Herman Miller continues to attract world-famous designers like Jeff Weber, Jerome Caruso, the Studio 7.5 Design Team in Berlin, Yves Béhar, Mark Goetz and many more.
If the purpose of design is to solve problems, and the relationship between design and business is synergistic, then Herman Miller today continues to be in the vanguard of design as a fundamental part of strategic planning.
Dimensions & Measurements
- Overall: 31" h x 52" w x 29" d
- Seat Height: 16"
When the Marshmallow sofa was introduced in 1956, the Herman Miller catalog described it as "The first of a series of pieces embodying a new concept in soft seating. We feel that it has possible use not only in the home, but in contract use for lobbies in public buildings where the very fact that it is unusual will be a plus." The catalog went on to add, "Despite its astonishing appearance, this piece is very comfortable."
Originally designed by Irving Harper and George Nelson, the sofa was reintroduced by Herman Miller after a 34-year hiatus in 1999.
Sequel Vinyl is also 100% polyester, particularly great for high traffic areas due to its durability.
Standard Leather is Herman Miller's most popular leather and a winner for most products. It has a matte, soft feel, embossed grain pattern, and slight shine.