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USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — from 1.736,00 €
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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 Highboard

(1) Height: 109 cm
(2) Length: 153 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 105 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 150 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight 55,5 kg (without any doors)
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
Variants Optionally available with drop-down doors or extension doors

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Functions & Properties Highboard 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

USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Pure white RAL 9010, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, USM ruby red, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, Open, Open, Open
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Pure white RAL 9010, Open, Open, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Steel blue RAL 5011, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Pure white RAL 9010, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, Open
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Golden yellow RAL 1004, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Steel blue RAL 5011, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, Open
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, Open, Open, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, USM ruby red, With 2 drop-down doors, Open, Open
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, USM green, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors, With 2 drop-down doors
USM Haller Highboard L, Customisable, USM green, Open, With 2 drop-down doors, Open


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.

Will my USM Highboard be delivered fully assembled?

This type of USM shelving is particularly bulky / heavy. Only in exceptional cases can such units be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible it will be delivered partially assembled and then completed in your premises. Please contact our USM Service Team for more details.

Is the installation of additional drop-down or extension doors to an existing highboard possible?

Because the USM Haller furniture system is a modular system a retrofit installation of doors is, in principle, not a problem. Drop-down doors can be added by anyone with minimal technical skills and the appropriate instructions. The installation of the extension doors is, in contrast, more complicated and as such should only be undertaken by trained technicians.

Can I switch the position of the folding doors, e.g.. from the lower to the upper compartment?

Such is possible at any time. There are no special tools, and only minimal technical skills, required.

Design Story

The Design

When in 1961 USM boss Paul Schärer commissioned the architect Fritz Haller with the planning of new production and office buildings he also requested a suitable solution for furnishing the interior. His idea was for a flexible solution which ignored design hierarchies within the company, a position which can be understood in context of the, then, new concept of open-plan offices. In 1963 Fritz Haller presented his new modular furniture system. Six years later USM accepted an order to equip the Rothschild Bank in Paris, an order which marked the beginning of the serial production of System USM Haller. And its triumphal march through the offices of the globe. Wit its minimalist and modular nature System USM Haller was genuinely revolutionary in the 1960s. Consisting of just three basic elements USM Haller units can be adapted to fit any requirements and all spatial situations: and can subsequently be modified and extended again, and again, and again. A USM Haller sideboard can optionally be equipped with open compartments, drop-down doors and extension doors.

One of the first offices to be furnished with System USM Haller.

USM: Timeless clarity


In 1885 Paul Schärer's grandfather Ulrich Schärer founded USM as a hardware store and locksmith business. In the 1920s the company added the production of window fittings and in the 1950s sheet metal fabrication to their portfolio. The manufacturer of the famous furniture system first occurred during the sixties. Paul Schärer wanted to transform the operation into a modern industrial company and in 1961 commissioned Fritz Haller to plan appropriate buildings. Including an appropriate furniture system. With the furnishing of the Rothschild Bank in Paris in 1969 began the real success story of the USM Haller furniture. Since then USM Haller has become one of the most innovative and renowned furnishing systems on the market. Since 1992 the company has focused exclusively on the production and development of USM modular furniture system.

Historical Context

Just as the with his buildings so to can Fritz Haller's USM modular furniture system be understood in the context of functionalism. Based around the principle of "form follows function" the term functionalism was an important architectural and design theory at the time of Bauhaus and defines an object in terms of its functionality rather than the aesthetics. With system USM Haller despite the strict and minimalist design which gives the objects a modern yet timeless appeal, the focus is, was and always will be the function. In addition the USM modular furniture systems effortless adaptability and variability underscores its functionalist claims.


At its base in the Swiss village of Münsingen USM produce the chromed plated metal tubes for their systems structure, the chrome-plated brass balls which connect the tubes together, and the panels for "clothing" the structure. The cladding panels are powder coated and are available in fourteen standard colours, or on request, and by a suitably large order volume, any RAL colour. Orders for the German market are assembled at the USM facility Bühl, Baden-Württemberg. As USM only use high quality and durable materials in the production of the highboards, sideboards and filing cabinets, highboards, sideboards and filing cabinets which can be continually adapted to meet ever new situations, System USM Haller modular furniture is considered a sustainable and resource-friendly product.

Assembly of a USM Haller unit

The USM base in Bühl is based on Fritz Haller's architectural principles.


The Swiss architect Fritz Haller was born in 1924 in Solothurn. After training as a draughtsman and his architectural studies Haller designed buildings that are associated with the functionalism - most notably schools, workshops and office buildings. In 1961 came the contract for the planning of new production and administration building USM in Münsingen, Switzerland. With the USM modular furniture system he developed for the new building Fritz Haller realised his only furniture design. And one of his most popular works. USM Haller shelves, tables and containers soon become classics of functional office furniture. The USM design classics have won many awards and are now represented in many important museum collections, including the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York. Fritz Haller died in 2012 in his home in 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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