Nelson Marshmallow Sofa


Designed by George Nelson Associates



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Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

Nelson Marshmallow Sofa

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If only all design "failures" were so successful. The inspiration for the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa (1956) was launched when an inventor approached George Nelson and Irving Harper with a planned "self-skinned" injection plastic disc that would be inexpensive to produce an... More

If only all design "failures" were so successful. The inspiration for the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa (1956) was launched when an inventor approached George Nelson and Irving Harper with a planned "self-skinned" injection plastic disc that would be inexpensive to produce and unerringly durable. As the proposed cushions had a maximum diameter of 12 inches, the designers perched 18 of them atop a steel frame. Sadly, the inventor's vision for high-resiliency, low-cost cushions never came to fruition, but the design was so compelling that Herman Miller chose to produce it anyway. With both residential and commercial applications in mind, the design features detachable cushions that are both easy to clean and interchangeable to equalize wear. The atom-like appearance of the Marshmallow Sofa is a precursor to the aesthetic style of the pop art of the 1960s. This original is an authentic, fully licensed product of Herman Miller, Inc. Nelson is a trademark of Herman Miller, Inc. Made in U.S.A.

Nelson Marshmallow Sofa


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Packaging Dimensions:
35" x 56" x 36"
Package Weight:
167 lbs.
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Care and 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.

Total Height 31"
Seat Height 16"
Width 52"
Depth 29"


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Love the design and the comfort of this couch!
I am thrilled to own a George Nelson designed piece. It's incredibly comfortable and looks great in our foyer. We are extremely satisfied with our purchase!!
March 31, 2015

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What are the other color choices? Not shown on your website.
A shopper on Dec 7, 2011
Best Answer: We offer 12 color options for the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa on the Herman Miller Store. To view the options, you can click on the swatches to the right of the product image. For additional color options available for the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa, please feel free to visit a Herman Miller dealer or authorized retailer in your area. To find a dealer or retailer near you, please visit:


You can also find the full material offerings for the sofa in the materials section of our site:


For additional assistance, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
Is it possible to replace or reupholster worn "marshmallows"?

I recently purchased a marshmallow chair/sofa second hand. I was told it was manufactured in 1994/5. It is in black leather. There is some wear on the piping around the front edge "marshmallows" Can the 4 or 5 that are worn be replaced or reupholstered?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2016
Best Answer: We recommend working with an Authorized Dealer in your area who would be happy to coordinate getting the cushions replaced. To find the Authorized Dealer closest to you, please follow this link: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you need further assistance, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
Alternative color sofa cushions

As per the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa, where do I purchase alternative color cushions & what is the cost per sofa cushion?

Can they be ordered direct from you?
A shopper on Jan 31, 2012
Best Answer: At this time, we do not offer individual cushions on the Herman Miller Store. To order the cushions individually, we have several authorized retailers who can help you place your order.

Based on your location, we would recommend contacting Office Designs (877-696-3342) for additional information on the cushions. You can also give us a call at 888-798-0202 and we can help you with the parts ordering process or answer any additional questions.