Thursday, May 21, 2009

MIRANDA: Design Classics - Part II

The Marshmallow Sofa

The Marshmallow sofa was introduced in 1956 by Herman Millar. It was made by designers George Nelson and his associate Irving Harper. In Herman Millar’s catalogue it was described 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 catalogue also said, "Despite its astonishing appearance, this piece is very comfortable."

The playful Marshmallow sofa is a landmark of modern design that's still turning heads and making people smile. The cushions can be all the same colour or in multiple colours for the right look in a private office, lobby, lounge, living room, or den.

"Vinyl Color Samples Nelson Marshmallow Sofa"

The basic version consists of 18 individual round cushions mounted on transverse braces in the seat and back. A connecting element makes it possible to join individual sofas together, extending the length as desired. The materials used for this sofa are upholstery, enamelled steel, steel, aluminium.

The 18 round, comfortable cushions "float" on the frame. These cushions can be detached for easy cleaning and interchanged to equalize wear or create a new look.

George Nelson and his associate Irving Harper had a fascination with the atom. You can see this in the design of the marshmallow sofa, as in the ball clock before it, they exploded the sofa's parts into separate elements. This atom-like appearance puts elegant emphasis on function to create a pared-down look.

This sofa is one of the earliest manifestations of Pop Art in furniture design. Its unique form makes it one of the few truly unconventional sofas in design history.

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