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USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — 1.119,00 €
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As with all USM units the USM Haller lowboard is manufactured according to the modular design of three main elements: Metal tubing form the framework, chrome plated brass balls the joints and metal panels the outer cladding. It is precisely this simplicity that makes USM Haller such a perfect all-rounder.


Product type Lowboard

(1) Height: 39 cm
(2) Length: 153 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 35 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 150 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight 34 kg
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
Variants Optionally available with locks

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
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).
Product presentation

Popular versions

USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Pure white RAL 9010
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Graphite black RAL 9011
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Light grey RAL 7035
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Mid grey RAL 7005
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, USM ruby red
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, USM matte silver
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Anthracite RAL 7016
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, USM beige
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Pure orange RAL 2004
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Golden yellow RAL 1004
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, USM green
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, USM brown
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Steel blue RAL 5011
USM Haller Lowboard L with 2 Drop-down Doors, Gentian blue RAL 5010


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 allow cables to pass through the rear or side walls?

Yes. USM offer side and back panels with rectangular punched holes (63 x 48 mm). The charge is EUR 24.00 incl. VAT per cable outlet. Should you require cable outlets please use the "comments" box at the end of the order process to advise our USM Service Team of the desired positions or order the Cable Entry Hole in our shop.

Is it possible to convert existing drop-down doors to extension doors?

As a modular system USM Haller units can be adapted and changed at any time. Some conversions however should only be undertaken by trained USM technicians: such as the conversion of a drop-down door to an extension door. Our USM Service Team can provide more detailed advice.

What is the load capacity for a USM metal shelf?

The load capacity of a metal shelf is ca. 50 kg. Heavy point-like loads (eg metal sculptures) can however cause severe bending. In such cases the use of a support profile is recommended.

Design Story

An individually styled USM lowboard


Although principally an architect Fritz Haller, is probably best known for his his modular furniture system. Following an initial training as a draughtsman and subsequent architecture studies Fritz Haller travelled to Rotterdam where he worked with Willem van Tijen and Berend Bakema, an experience that was to have an important consequence for his later work. With a penchant for systematizing Haller planned especially schools, office buildings and industrial facilities, all rooted in the ethos of functionalism. His most famous work arose almost by accident. Commissioned to design new buildings for the company USM he also created a furniture system for the offices. A furniture system which went on to become a global success. The USM Haller modular furniture systems remained Fritz Haller's only furniture design, but made him famous worldwide. Fritz Haller died in October 2012 in Solothurn, Switzerland.

The Design

The USM Haller modular furniture system was developed in 1963 by Fritz Haller. The Swiss architect had previously been contracted to design new facilities for the company, including flexible, modern open-plan offices. Fritz Haller was asked if he could also develop furniture for the offices,the result was the the USM Haller system. Originally created exclusively for the USM headquarters, in 1969 Rothschild Bank requested units for their Paris offices and USM boss Paul Schärer decided to begin with serial production. USM Haller furniture is comprised of three basic elements: chrome plated metal tubes which are connected by brass balls into which made of metal or glass panels are slotted. The minimalist system allows flexible and customisable furniture design, which can be adapted not only to different needs and circumstances, but which can also convert at a later date as required.


All USM furniture begins life at the companies HQ in Münsingen, Switzerland. There USM produces all metal parts. In a new, environmentally friendly paint process the metal shelves are powder coated and so become their relatively robust, slightly shiny, surface. In addition to the classic USM Haller white all USM Haller units are available in thirteen further colours. Items intended for the German market are transported to the USM factory in Bühl in Baden-Württemberg and there assembled. In the special cases the final assembly is carried out directly at the customer's premises. The integral sustainability of the USM Haller shelves arises mainly from the minimalist, modular design of the product itself: but also through the use of high quality and durable materials usedfor its production.

Designer of USM modular furniture Fritz Haller at work

Historical Context

Not only the buildings Fritz Haller built, but also the USM Haller furniture is closely linked to the concept of functionalism. The term first arose shortly after the First World War, in particular in context of the at the Bauhaus school. While initially proposing a more expressionistic and artisan approach to design, following Bauhaus' move to Dessau the focus shifted more towards a functional form and the use of industrial manufacturing processes. According to the famous dictum "form follows function" the beauty in architecture and design should result from the functionality of the object alone. Through providing individual solutions for different, specific use situations USM furniture exists perfectly in this spirit of functionalism, while its strict and minimalist design allows for a modern and timeless aesthetic. Thus USM Haller remains a modern and stylish furniture system which due to its multi-functionality, is today not only a common site in office situations, but is also increasingly being used in the homes.

USM Haller: perfectly tailored and functional solutions for office equipment


USM began life as a hardware store and locksmith founded in 1885 by Ulrich Schärer, grandfather of the Paul Schärer. In the 1920s the company added the production of window fittings to its portfolio and post World War II general sheet metal fabrication. In 1961 Paul Schärer commissioned Fritz Haller to plan an build new production and office facilities for the steadily growing company. This collaboration resulted in 1963 in Haller's design for the interior and a fundamental turning point in the history of the company: System USM Haller. Since the start of serial production in 1969 the USM Haller furniture system has become increasingly successful and indeed since 1992 the company have focussed exclusively on the production of USM Haller furniture. During the 1990s USM opened new production sites in France and the USA while a series of flagship stores around the world has helped make a product from small town in Switzerland a leading global brand.

The USM production facility is constructed according to the same principles as the furniture

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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