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USM Haller Sideboard L, Customisable
USM Haller Table
USM Haller Sideboard XL, Customisable
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable
USM Haller Highboard M, Customisable
USM Haller Sideboard M, Customisable
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable
USM Haller Highboard XL, Customisable
USM Haller Lowboard L with Extension, Customisable
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors
USM Haller Storage Unit M, Customisable
USM Haller Highboard L with 4 Drop-down Doors
USM Haller Lowboard M with Extension, Customisable
USM Haller TV-Table
USM Haller Storage Unit open
USM Haller Side Table 50
USM Haller Bookcase 50
USM Haller Bar Trolley
USM Haller TV Lowboard with Castors
USM Haller Side Table 35
USM Haller Sideboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors
USM Haller Lowboard M, with 1 Drop-down Door
USM Haller Sideboard M open
USM Haller Bedside Table with 2 Drop-down Doors
USM Haller Storage Unit with 2 Drop-down Doors
USM Haller Sideboard M with 1 Drop-down Door
USM Haller TV-/Hi-Fi-Lowboard, Customisable
USM Haller TV-Board with Extension Doors
USM Haller Mobile Pedestal with Hanging File Basket
USM Haller Sideboard L open
USM Haller Side Table with Side Panels
USM Haller Lowboard L open
USM Haller Mobile Pedestal for Kids
USM Haller Storage Unit without Rear Panels
USM Haller Lowboard M open
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door
USM Haller Living Room Shelf L
USM Haller Highboard M open
USM Haller TV-Lowboard with Flip-up Door
USM Haller Highboard L open
USM Haller HiFi-Lowboard
USM Haller Sideboard for Kids
USM Haller Lowboard for Kids
USM Haller Living Room Shelf M
USM Haller TV-Bench
USM Haller Office Sideboard M with Drawers
USM Haller TV Sideboard
USM Haller Living Room Shelf XL
USM Haller Coffee Table
USM Haller Storage Unit with 3 Drawers
USM Haller TV-Board with Extension
USM Haller Storage Unit L, Customisable
USM Haller TV-Lowboard XL on Castors
USM Haller Lectern
USM Haller Computer Trolley
USM Haller TV-Rack
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable
USM Haller Side Table Open
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors
USM Haller Storage Unit with Drop-down Doors and Drawer
USM Haller TV-Board XL
USM Haller Mobile Desk for Kids

Fritz Haller


Fritz Haller (born 23. October 1924 in Solothurn/Switzerland) is perhaps the best example of an architect who has successfully transferred their architectural competence into furniture design. Many architects have been successful, but few so successful as Fritz Haller. After qualifying as a draftsman Haller initially gathered experience through short engagements with numerous Swiss architects before travelling to Rotterdam to help work on post-war re-building projects. In 1949 Fritz Haller returned to Solothurn where he began working in his father Bruno's architecture firm. Defining in Haller's work - be it his architecture or his furniture - is his use of extendable and repeatable quadratic modular systems; a sort of building block system. Early Haller works such as the Kantonsschule, Baden from 1960 or the 1957 Weststadtschulhaus in Solothurn beautifully demonstrate the Haller approach to design. Fritz Haller's based his work on three systems; the "mini" for private houses and offices, "midi" for taller buildings and "max" for industrial complexes. All three systems are based on the same steel frame construction principle, just at varying scales. In 1963 at the bequest of Ulrich Schärer Münsingen (born a local producer of metal products, Fritz Haller extended his mini/midi/maxi system to furniture design, and in doing so created the now world famous System USM Haller. Based around a system of steel tubes, steel panels and, most importantly, a chromium plated brass ball, the USM Haller modular furniture is without question the design for which Fritz Haller is most famous for.



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smow Blog High 5 Special: When fashion meets design.....

...The USM Haller Dress Extending Fritz Haller's famous Mini/Midi/Maxi construction principle to Mini/Midi/Maxi/Mode, the USM Haller dress presents all the advantages of the modular construction system, in a stylish, functional dress...

smow blog Design Calendar: October 23rd 1924 – Happy Birthday Fritz Haller!

...Before Fritz Haller achieved international recognition for the USM modular furniture system, he was... Born in Solothurn, Switzerland on October 23rd 1924, the young Fritz Haller trained as a draughtsman before gaining architectural experience in the offices of various Swiss architects...

smow blog compact Milan 2015 special: USM - Rethink the Modular

...To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Haller and Paul Schärer's USM Haller modular furniture system USM instigated a series of masterclasses in which students at seven international design schools were paired with a mentor and asked to "Rethink the Modular" and for all to "consider the significance of modularity in architecture and design" and so "exploit the idea of modularity for contemporary design"... In addition to presenting some truly magnificent works from the likes of Volker Albus, Ettore Sottsass or Hans Hollein Relation also featured a more detailed exploration of Fritz Haller's oeuvre than you are likely to find outwith a dedicated Haller exhibition: and a showcase which delightfully elucidated how much more Fritz Haller is and was than his modular furniture system, makes as such perfectly clear what a travesty it is that he is largely only known for his modular furniture system and so by extrapolation underscores why Rethink the Modular is as much a tribute to Fritz Haller as a celebration of system USM Haller: modular is a way of thinking...

smow blog compact Milan 2015 Special: USM Privacy Panels

...When Fritz Haller developed his modular office furniture system for USM it's ability to divide internal spaces in a responsive and functional yet reduced and unobtrusive manner instantly caught the imagination of architects and interior designers looking to create open plan offices as a counter to the individual cubicle concepts that developed parallel in America... Developed in conjunction with Swiss design studio Atelier oï the USM Privacy Panels provide a solution in the best traditions of Fritz Haller's furniture system: quadratic, modular and based around a central skeleton of steel tubes...

SYSTEM DESIGN. Über 100 Jahre Chaos im Alltag at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln. Reprise

...And while the actual object on show is and was a less than ideal example of the genius of the system, the essay on Fritz Haller in the accompanying exhibition catalogue is a much more fitting tribute to Fritz Haller and his work... Written by Professor Georg Vrachliotis from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology the essay explains not only the background to the furniture system but much more explains how systems formed the central tenet of Fritz Haller's work, how Fritz Haller "radicalised" the understanding of the term "system" in context of architecture, how Fritz Haller developed software to allow him to further develop his systems and how ultimately, and as Georg told us in an earlier interview, "Fritz Haller’s intention was, as he puts it, to develop systems that are completely flexible...


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