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USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — from 1.099,00 €
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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.


Product type Lowboard

(1) Height: 39 cm
(2) Length: 228 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 35 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 225 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight 34 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
Available in two depths

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Functions & Properties Lowboard 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
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 Lowboard XL, Customisable, Pure white RAL 9010, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Pure white RAL 9010, With 3 drop-down doors, 50 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Light grey RAL 7035, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, With 3 drop-down doors, 50 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, With 3 drop-down doors, 50 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Mid grey RAL 7005, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, USM green, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Golden yellow RAL 1004, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Mid grey RAL 7005, Open, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Steel blue RAL 5011, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, Open, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Pure orange RAL 2004, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, USM brown, With 3 drop-down doors, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Gentian blue RAL 5010, Open, 50 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, Open, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, USM ruby red, With 3 drop-down doors, 50 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, USM green, Open, 35 cm
USM Haller Lowboard XL, Customisable, USM matte silver, Open, 35 cm


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

Is it possible to incorporate new extension doors or drop-down doors to an existing USM Haller unit?

Since the USM Haller furniture system is a modular system retrofitting extension and drop-down doors is, in principle, not a problem. Drop-down doors can be fitted with the correct tools and a minimum of technical understanding. Extension doors require a little more knowledge and should only be fitted by trained USM technician.

Can I equip the USM lowboard with castors?

In principle yes. However, it should be noted that if the unit is fitted with extension doors additional counterweight must be added to minimize the risk of tipping.
The appropriate castors can be found at, USM Haller Accessories - Castors .
We recommend that you select lockable castors for the two front outer castors, the other 4 wheels without locking.

I'd like a lowboard with one additional compartment, I can order such via your shop?

In our shop we offer a selection of the most common USM Haller configurations. Naturally, we can also take your individual needs into account. Please contact our USM Service Team for a personal quote.

Design Story

The Design

The history of the USM Haller sideboard starts at the beginning of the sixties when the USM manager Ulrich Schärer planned a restructuring of the company into a modern industrial enterprise. He commissioned the architect Fritz Haller to design new offices and production spaces, including the development of the interior. Fritz Haller's response was to develop the now world famous USM Haller modular furniture system. Although developed exclusively for the new office facilities in 1969 Rothschild Bank requested units for their Paris offices; an order which marks the beginning of the mass production of USM units and so the furniture system's global success story. What made and makes USM Haller so special today is its modular design: a design composed from just three basic elements: chrome plated steel tubes are connected via chromed brass balls to form a basic structure in which panels of either metal or glass are inserted. Through this system it is possible to customise and adapt the USM Haller furniture system to meet the different requirements and conditions of any given space. And convert it at a later date as required. The configurable USM Haller lowboard XL, for example, can be equipped with drop-down doors or extension doors.

USM modular furniture system: Living room with a lowboard XL

Assembling USM furniture in Bühl


All USM Haller component parts are produced at the company's Swiss headquarters in Münsingen. There the metal panels are powder coated in a modern, environmentally friendly process. In addition to the classic USM Haller white all USM units are also available in thirteen other standard colours. Components intended for the German market are transported from Münsingen to Bühl in Baden-Württemberg and there assembled by trained staff. In individual cases, and as required, partly assembled units are transported to the customers location and assembled there. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and highly practical USM Haller shelving units are also a very sustainable product. On the one hand because only high quality - and so durable - materials are used in the production and on the other because USM furniture can be customised to meet changing demands: as such there is, in theory, no need not to ever discard a piece of USM furniture.


USM was founded in 1885 by Ulrich Schärer and can thus look back on a long history. Established as a locksmith and hardware store the company moved first into the production of window coverings during the 1920s and later the fabrication of sheet metal products and general metal processing. The most fundamental turning point in the company's history came with the development of the Haller shelving system in the early 1960s. The resulting USM Haller Sideboards and other furniture quickly establishing themselves as one of the most innovative systems in furniture history. In 1992 USM ceased all other activities to concentrate fully on the production of the Sysem USM Haller modular furniture. With the opening of new production sites in France and the United States during the 1990s, the inclusion of brass connector ball in the permanent the collection of MoMA New York and finally the establishment of a headquarters in Japan USM have underscored the universal appeal of their furniture system.

The USM facility in Bühl, Germany. Built according to Fritz Haller's construction principles.

USM Showroom in Tokyo


Although Fritz Haller was principally active as an architect, his most famous work is a piece of furniture design - the USM Haller furniture system. A furniture system that is however clearly rooted in Haller's architectural background. During his studies Haller developed a functionalist approach to architecture and later built numerous schools, office buildings and industrial facilities in Switzerland based on functionalist principles, including in 1961new office and production facilities for USM in Münsingen near Bern. As part of the contract with USM Haller also designed office furniture, office furniture that not only revolutionised furniture design, is universally acknowledged as a design classic and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but which also graces homes and offices worldwide.

Historical Context

Fritz Haller developed his furniture system, as well as his buildings, true to the famous dictum "form follows function" and thus within the meaning of functionalism. From the days of Bauhaus Dessau "functionalism" became ever more important. At that time the focus was on craftsmanship, of developing the expressionist design approach as practised during the days of Bauhaus Weimar towards a more objective form, which, ideally, could be realised by industrial manufacturing processes. For functionalist the beauty in architecture and design was expressed from the functionality of an object. Some 40 years later this understanding of design reached its zenith in Haller's USM units. By focusing on the function the result is a strict and minimalist design that maintains it charm, elegance and raison d'etre regardless of trends and contemporary concepts of style.

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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