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Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

 George Nelson
Playful, dramatic, fun. Style that makes you smile. And even though you might not think so, just looking at it, it’s very comfortable too.

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Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

Brighten A Room

The Marshmallow sofa brightens a room and makes a playful or dramatic statement, depending upon the materials and colors you choose.

Its whimsical design comprises 18 round, comfortable cushions that seem to float on the brushed tubular steel frame. The sofa's unique appearance and eye-catching appeal led the way into the pop art style of the 1960s.

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  • Endless Choices

    Endless Choices

    A wide variety of leathers are available to let you create the sofa you want.

  • Believe in Change

    Believe in Change

    The cushions detach easily. That means easy cleaning. Easy replacement of any cushions that become worn or are damaged. Best of all, you can order some new cushions in entirely different colors and create a whole new sofa in a snap. Have fun!

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Design is not a science.

"Design is not science and never will be"

Not Playing Follow-the-leader

George Nelson, one of the founders of the modernism movement in America, once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." Nelson obviously wasn't either. Not only was he a writer and editor who championed modern design in books and magazines—he was also one of the designers who came up with a sofa based on the shape of marshmallows.

Our commitment to the modern design was in its infancy when Nelson became our design director in 1945. But our belief in the modernism that Nelson so believed in was one reason that George Nelson & Associates worked with us for more than 25 years. Nelson worked with many of our other designers, as well as designing pieces of his own. The first design he brought to us was the Noguchi table, which we started producing in 1947.

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Nelson Marshmallow Sofa Design Composition

Playing with Discs

The Marshmallow sofa began with a cold call. Nelson and Irving Harper, a young designer working in the Nelson firm, were approached by an inventor who had created an injection plastic disc that he believed could be produced inexpensively and would be durable. He had brought some of his discs with him, and the designers placed 18 of them in a variety of random arrangements on a steel frame to see how they might look.

Nelson Marshmallow Sofa George Nelson and his dog

The inventor's cushions turned out not to be workable, but Nelson and Harper were intrigued by the designs they had created so casually. Nelson liked to play. "Design is not a science," he said, "and never will be." Fiddling with the 18 10-inch disks, Nelson and Harper eventually joined the separate elements in a way that made them appear to float on air. The result was the whimsical piece of 1950s modernism we are proud to still be producing.

Oh, and that young designer, Irving Harper? He designed our company logo.

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General Dimensions

  • H:785"
  • H:405"
  • W:1320"
  • D:735"
Nelson Marshmallow Sofa dimensions

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890" x1420" x 915"
Package Weight:
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Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.



For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.

Coated Metal

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks from low-gloss coatings with pre-softened paste wax, following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove scuff marks and scratches from high-gloss coatings using automotive polishing compounds, either liquid or paste. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen. For assistance in determining the appropriate color and gloss for Herman Miller touch-up paint, contact your Herman Miller Customer Service Representative.


For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.


For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry. If the spot is still visible, further cleaning may be necessary. Sponge the entire surface—seat, back, or chair arm—with clean, lukewarm water. Let the leather air dry; never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry leather.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.