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USM Haller Storage Unit L, Customisable

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — from 2.524,00 €
2.524,00 € *
available within 8-12 weeks
3% advance payment discount*: 2.448,28 € (Save 75,72 €)

A piece of USM furniture consists of three components: steel tubes form the structure, metal panels serve as cladding and chrome plated brass balls keep everything together. The simple construction method enables a unique design freedom and furniture that best meets the users personal needs: and which can be rebuilt later as and when required. Each element of your personal USM Haller unit can be individually configured with, for example, drop-down and extension doors. Discover even more individuality in smow USM configurator.

Important Information: This type of USM Haller unit is particularly bulky/heavy. Only in exceptional cases, that is where the conditions at your location so permit, can such units be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible, the unit will be delivered partially assembled and final assembly organised "on site". In Germany the local assembly supplement is 149, - EUR + 2% of value of goods. For deliveries outwith Germany, and general questions regarding delivery options, please contact our USM Service Team.


Product type Filing cabinet

(1) Height: 179 cm
(2) Length: 153 cm
(3) Depth: 37 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 175 +4 cm
(2) Length: 150 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight ca. 87,5 kg (without doors)
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
Variants Optionally available with drop-down or extension doors.

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Function & Properties Filing cabinet can be extended in all directions
Inflammable class 1
Care Chrome plated, powder coated and glass elements should be cleaned with a damp, light cloth and subsequently dried.
Stubborn stains can be cleaned with glass cleaner or water mixed with ethanol in a ratio of 10:1
Awards & Museums Permanent collection MoMA, New York
Certificates Inflammable class 1 (DIN 4102)
GREENGUARD - Indoor Air Quality
LEED "Green Directive"
Warranty 24 months
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,6 MB).

Popular versions


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8 am to 6 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

Why can I not select flip-up doors?

Due to the variety of products offered by the USM Haller furniture system, for reasons of clarity we currently do not offer all possibilities in our online shop. We are of course happy to provide you with a customised offer. Please contact our USM Service Team for more information.

Can I assemble the filing cabinet myself?

Owing to the complexity of the USM Haller furniture system, it is imperative that assembly and is always carried out by USM trained technicians. Not least as this guarantees the longevity and continued functionality of the USM products. In addition incorrect assembly risks damage, which potentially requires even more work to correct it.

The filing cabinet has 5 levels, but I can only select door options for 4. Why?

Owing to the height of the filing cabinet decisions about which door type can and/or should be added to the top element are best taking following consultation between the client and a trained USM representative. Therefore in the smow online shop you can only choose the open version. Should you require a door in the top element please contact our USM Service Team for to discuss your options.

Design Story

The Design

The USM construction principle is based around three elements from which a complete furniture family can be constructed. Steel tubes linked by chrome plated brass balls form the skeleton which is the clad with coloured steel panels to complete the unit. Or if required is clad with glass panels to complete the unit. The USM Haller spectrum ranges from simple shelving structures, such as the popular USM Haller sideboards or the USM Haller filing cabinet L and onto more complex storage solutions such as the USM Haller tables and mobile containers. Originally the architect Fritz Haller developed the USM furniture in 1963 as an interior furnishing for a new USM office building. However, a major contract to furnish the Rothschild Bank in Paris, lead in 1969 to the series production. And so his continuing success story of USM Haller. Characteristic of the USM Haller modular shelves is the clearly defined, minimalist design and the classically elegant effect caused by light reflecting on the shiny surfaces.

Mechanical assembly of a USM skeleton


Although best known today for the USM furniture system, Fritz Haller always considered himself principally as an architect. Born in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1924 Fritz Haller trained as first a draughtsman and subsequently an architect. A great influence on his approach to architecture came from year he spent in Rotterdam where he worked with Willem van Tijen and Berend Bakema, two of the most important representatives of post war modernism. Fritz Haller largely planned larger scale buildings such as schools, office buildings and industrial facilities - all characterised by a functionalism accent and a tendency to systematisation. His most famous work, the USM Haller furniture, was created in 1963. And almost by accident. Having been commissioned in 1961 to built a new office pavilion for USM, Fritz Haller then also created the office furniture. The USM Haller furniture system remained the only commercial furniture design, but made ??him famous worldwide. Fritz Haller died in October 2012 in Solothurn.

USM Haller furniture: a timeless design classic.


The USM filing cabinet L has a long history. In 1885 Ulrich Schärer established USM as a locksmith and hardware store in the Swiss village of Münsingen. Following the addition of window fitting and general sheet metal fabrication to the company's portfolio the decisive moment in the company's history came in 1961. Looking to place the company on a solid base for the future Ulrich Schärer's grandson Paul Schärer commissioned local architect Fritz Haller with the construction of new production and administrative facilities. And office furniture for the new buildings. The resulting USM Haller modular furniture system has been serially produced in Münsingen since 1969. And its global popularity is attested to by the presence of USM flagship stores in locations as far removed from the Swiss Alps as Tokyo or New York.

USM filing cabinet


Developed in the 1960s in the Swiss village of Münsingen USM Haller units are still largely produced in the same workshops. All USM basic building blocks are produced in Münsingen where the metal panels are also powder coated in one of the 14 standard USM colours. Final assembly of the units is then either carried out in Münsingen or in one of USM's global factories. Units intended for the German market, for example, are assembled in the USM factory in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg. The transport of unassembled parts being space-saving and thus ecologically meaningful. And as a company USM understands its environmental responsibility in many ways. All manufacturing processes are planned from an environmental perspective, focusing, for example, on a reduction of CO2 emissions both during the production and subsequent distribution. In addition the USM modular furniture system is, with its very long product cycle, inherently sustainable. And safe. USM furniture having been awarded the Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certificate, thus guaranteeing a healthier indoor environment.

Fritz Haller not only designed the USM furniture system, but also USM office and factory buildings.

Historical Context

Fritz Haller developed both his furniture system and his buildings, true to the famous dictum "form follows function" and thus true to the principles of functionalism. As an architecture and design principle functionalism first reached a popularity at Bauhaus Dessau. At that time the expressionist led design approach from the Weimar period developed towards an objective form, which should be preferably be produced by industrial manufacturing processes rather than traditional handicraft. The beauty in architecture and design, according to the functionalists, should result from the functionality of an object. not decorative elements. Forty years later this understanding can be perfectly seen in Fritz Haller's USM units. By focusing on the function the result is a strict and minimalist design which combines function with form. And so the perfect office furniture solution.

USM headquarters in Münsingen, Switzerland

Our USM Haller Sideboards, Highboards and Filing Cabinets

always 37cm
Length: 77cm
Length: 152cm
Height: 74cm
Height: 109cm
Filing Cabinets
Height: 179cm
Everything is possible with USM. Somethings more popular however than others. Consequently (smow) maintain a standard stock of the most common USM Haller highboard, sideboard and filing cabinet combinations. A standard stock that are, usually, available at short notice. Naturally, we can however deliver individual USM Haller units created by you to meet your own personal requirements and needs.

USM Independent - Contact our USM Service Team via: +49 (0)341 2222 88 11

Individual advice and configuration of your desired USM configuration

  • Everything is possible with the USM modular furniture system.
  • Talk to our experienced team of USM Haller consultants, to help you realise your individual USM Haller unit.
  • System USM Haller is available in countless sizes and colours.
  • Alterations and variations of all models offered in our online shop are always possible.

USM Haller: Components and dimensions

The various elements of the USM Haller modular furniture system are available in numerous sizes and dimensions. The core elements and their possible sizes are depicted in our reference table below:

  1. Select the item that interests you from the right-hand column.
  2. On the left-hand side you can see which dimensions are possible.
  3. For the specific measurements, move the mouse pointer over the table.
Vertical Dimensions
Horizontal Dimensions
Available in 250, 350, 500 mm depths.
Metal panels
Metal panels, perforated
Glass door
Drop-down door
Extension door (Available depths: 350mm, 500mm)
Flip-up door

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