George Nelson and Irving Harper, a young designer working in Nelsons design firm, were approached by an inventor who had created an injection plastic disc that he insisted could be produced inexpensively and would be durable. The designers took a look and arranged 18 of them on a steel frame the origin of the Marshmallow sofa.
The inventors cushions turned out to be impractical, but Nelson and Harper were intrigued by the design they had created so casually, and Herman Miller decided to manufacture the sofa.
This is a sofa to brighten a room, to be happy and relax on. You look at its 18 10-inch marshmallow cushions and you cant help but smile. Its been that way since it began turning heads in 1956, when the Nelson Marshmallow sofa was described in our catalog this way: Despite its astonishing appearance, this piece is very comfortable.