One of the genuine highlights for us at Milan Furniture Fair 2017 was without question the launch of USM Haller E – a new development by which electricity can be supplied to USM Haller units, electricity which can be used to power LED lighting or USB chargers housed unobtrusively in the structural tubes. “Unobtrusively” being the keyword as it means the functionality of the system is extended without altering, adjusting or otherwise impacting on the aesthetics of the system. A genuinely very exciting development and one which extends not just the functionality but also the value the system.

And which got us thinking…….

USM Haller E, as seen at Milan Furniture Fair 2017

As older readers will be well aware, little gets us down quite like Milan Furniture Fair. Every year our only wish as we cross the Alps is that we will find something to make us thankful that we did. Milan Furniture Fair 2017 produced more such moments than the average year, which we suppose means we’ll be back next year!!

Our Milan Furniture Fair 2017 High Five!!

USM Airportsystems at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016 Cologne

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Konrad Wachsmann, Fritz Haller, USM

In our 5 New Design Exhibitions for January 2015 post we noted with dismay, and an unmistakable hint of accusation,

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Fritz Haller Architect and Researcher Swiss Architecture Museum Basel USM Pavillon

Until August 24th the Swiss Architecture Museum, SAM, in Basel is staging “Fritz Haller. Architect and Researcher”, an exhibition devoted

Milan Furniture Fair 2014 USM Haller

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Aside from death, taxes and heartbreak, the only other certainty in life is that you will, with an unnerving regularity,

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Among the more memorable moments in our long, if troublesome, tenure at and of (smow)blog is the day we took

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Imagine you spent your entire career researching and developing modular building systems. Imagine you gave the world radical new approaches

Passenger Terminal Expo 2012 Pascal Berberat Vitra Airport Division Suita

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