Marshmallow Sofa

George Nelson, 1956

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George Nelson's Marshmallow Sofa transforms the traditional sofa into a playful three-dimensional object with eighteen colourful cushions attached to a simple steel frame. Due to the unusual form and construction of the Marshmallow Sofa, it is one of the most extraordinary sofas in the history of design.

An extension element with six additional cushions can be mounted between two sofa units, making it possible to create a sofa of indefinite length. The individual cushions are upholstered with a robust vinyl cover.

George Nelson & Vitra

In 1935, Nelson joined the editorial staff of the Architectural Forum, where he was employed until 1944. A programmatic article on residential building and furniture design, published by Nelson in a 1944 issue of the journal, attracted the attention of D.J. DePree, head of the Herman Miller furniture company. A short time later, George Nelson took on the position of design director at Herman Miller. Remaining there until 1972, he became a key figure of American design, also convincing the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard to work for Herman Miller. The collaboration between Nelson and Vitra began in 1957.

Material description
  • Frame: rectangular steel profiles, lacquered in black.
  • Upholstery: 18 cushions.
  • Cover: dark red, orange, green, purple and blue vinyl.
  • Extension element: for mounting between two sofas, frame with six cushions.
This product was designed by
George Nelson
George Nelson is regarded as one of the most important figures in American design. Active as an architect, a product and exhibition designer and a writer, he was a leading voice in the discourse on design and architecture over several decades. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of furniture designs by Nelson for markets in Europe and the Middle East.
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