As a general rule we ignore rules. Especially those rules that start with "don't" However, when we were told not to photograph inside USM's new powder coating facility at their Münsingen HQ, we did as we were told. For fear that had we not one of the new...
(1) Height: 74 cm
(2) Length: 153 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 70 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 150 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
|Material||Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
|Variants||Optionally available with extension or drop-down doors|
|Colour chart||Request a USM Haller Colour Fan|
|Function & Properties||Sideboard 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 & Mueums||Permanent collection, MoMA, New York|
|Certificates||Inflammable class 1 (DIN 4102)
GREENGUARD - Indoor Air Quality
LEED "Green Directive"
|Product datasheet||Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,6 MB).
Can extension drawers be added to an existing sideboard?
The addition of extension doors is not recommended as it is a complicated process that also requires exchanging panels. The addition of an extension door should only be undertaken by a qualified USM Haller technician.
Can drop-down doors be added to an existing sideboard?
With a little technical know-how drop-down doors can be added to an existing USM Haller sideboard.
Is their an optical difference between drop-down and extension doors?
No. The front of the doors is identical
In context of a 1963 commission from the Swiss ironmongery and metalsmith concern U. Schärer Söhne the architect Fritz Haller developed the USM Haller storage system. Initially only intended for the firms own offices, Haller's system quickly developed to a contemporary design classic, helped along the way by commissions such as the furnishing of the offices of the Rothschild Bank in Paris. From its very beginnings the USM system represented a modern working culture with free and responsive room organisation. USM furniture is based on a modular principle based around three components: steel tubes form a basic skeleton, the individual tubes connected via brass connector balls. The skeleton is then completed by the addition of glass or steel panels and doors. Through this simple system USM furniture allows for a high degree of flexibility in the planning of furniture, a flexibility that includes the possibility to reconfigure an existing system should the need arise. So, for example, can through the addition of two elements an existing sideboard L (four elements) be converted to a sideboard XL (six elements). On the same basis, an existing USM Haller unit can be extended in all directions. In addition one has a choice of doors, a choice that one can always change as the situation demands.
USM Haller produce exclusively at the company's base in Münsingen, Switzerland. Components for German bound USM orders are shipped from Münsingen to the company's facility at Bühl near Baden-Baden where the final construction takes place. In exceptional cases, for example with particularly heavy or large units, final construction takes place at the customers premises. All USM Haller furniture is available in 14 standard colours; however, should customers have special wishes these can also be meet. In 2014 USM Haller opened a new powder coating facility in Münsingen that sets new environmental standards in terms of both energy and material usage. Such environmental considerations are not only a central component of the USM company philosophy but are also inherent in the USM modular system. The ability to rebuild and reconfigure existing systems combined wit the high quality of materials and production making USM Haller system an expectationally durable product with an almost limitless lifetime.
The USM furniture system was developed in the 1960s by Fritz Haller. Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, on October 23rd 1924 trained first as a carpenter before studying architecture. In addition to houses a focal point of Fritz Haller's architectural work was schools, office and production facilities. In this context Fritz Haller received in 1961 the commission from Paul Schärer to plan and build a new production facility and administration office for U. Schärer in Münsingen. In addition Fritz Haller was asked to create furnishings for the office pavilion. The result was the USM Haller System. In later years Fritz Haller held professorships in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. Fritz Haller died in Solothurn on October 15th 2012.
USM was established as a metalworks and ironmongery in Münsingen, Switzerland by Ulrich Schärer. During the boom years of the 1920s the company expanded to produce first window fittings and subsequently also products from sheet steel. In 1961 Paul Schärer asked Fritz Haller to design two new buildings for the company; and fatefully also storage cabinets for the company's central administration. The story of USM Haller had begun. And since 1969 USM Haller units have been produced as a serial product. In 1975 USM opened a further production facility in Bühl, Germany, followed by USM Flagship stores in Paris (1994), New York (1995) and Hamburg (1998). In 2001 System USM Haller was admitted to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Fritz Haller's USM Haller unit is a product of its time, and the dominant creative philosophy of its time: functionalism. Originating from the end of the 19th century, "Form follows Function" is almost literally expressed in the USM furniture system. With his design Fritz Haller focussed on creating as clear and minimalistic a form as possible, a form that has helped the USM Haller system retain a timelessness. A timeless which when coupled to products modular construction principle adds up toa product family that is as relevant and practical today as it was in 1963 and will be in 2063
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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:
- Select the item that interests you from the right-hand column.
- On the left-hand side you can see which dimensions are possible.
- For the specific measurements, move the mouse pointer over the table.
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