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USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — from 2.822,00 €
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The USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 glass doors is ideally suited as a bookcase for contemporary living spaces, and offers additional space within its three display cases for small art or other decoration objectss. Paul Schärer and Fritz Haller designed the USM furniture construction system, which is today a popular design classic, in the 1960s.

Important information: This unit type is especially bulk and heavy. Only in exceptional cases, and if local conditions permit, can it be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible it will be delivered part assembled and the final assembly will occur on site: Only bookable in Germany and at a surcharge of Euro 149,00 + 2 % of value of goods. Should you decide to have the furniture delivered via Standard Delivery, please pay attention to the total weight of the unit!


Product type Highboard
Dimensions (1) Height: 109 cm
(2) Length: 228 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm

Ball centre to ball centre:
(1) Height: 105 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 225 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
Doors: Glass
Variants Doors with optional locks

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Function & 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 & museum MoMA, New York
Certificates & Sustainability Inflammable class 1 (DIN 4102)
GREENGUARD - Indoor Air Quality
LEED "Green Directive"
Warranty 24 months
Datasheet Click for more information (ca. 1,6 MB).

Popular versions

USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, Anthracite RAL 7016
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, Steel blue RAL 5011
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, with lock handle, USM brown
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, USM green
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, USM matte silver
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, Mid grey RAL 7005
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, USM beige
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, with lock handle, USM matte silver
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, Light grey RAL 7035
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, with lock handle, USM green
USM Haller Highboard XL with 3 Glass Doors, without lock, Pure white RAL 9010

Design Story

The Design

In 1961 the Swiss architect Fritz Haller built new production and administrative buildings for the company USM, and two years later developed the complimenting office furniture for the administrative buildings: the USM furniture system was born. Although originally only intended for internal use, USM Haller's system quickly gained popularity beyond the company's boundaries and in 1969 the first order was placed by Rothschild Bank in Paris: from then on the USM Haller sideboards were produced in series. The shelf system is designed in such a way that they always remain responsive and flexible, thus, USM Haller units can be adapted to the changing requirements and appropriately rebuilt. The configurable USM Highboard XL has nine compartments and can be equipped with drop-down and/or extension doors. With a depth of 35 cm, the compartments are ideal for storing folders.


The production of USM Haller furniture occurs at the company's headquarters in Münsingen, Switzerland. The metal tubes for the furniture structure, the chromium plated connectors and the metal or glass cladding are manufactured there. The metal shelves are lacquered in 14 colours using a special environmentally compatible powder coating process. Orders for the German market are constructed at the company's plant in Bühl, or directly at the dealer or end customer. Ecological sustainability is not only an important part of USM Haller's production process, but is also integral in the product: the system is crafted from high-quality, highly durable materials and can also be adapted to the changing requirements and does not have to be replaced when your situation changes, both of which extend the life-cycle of the system and thus save resources.

Assembling a USM unit


The company USM was founded in 1885 as an iron processing and locksmith business by Ulrich Schärer in the Swiss town of Münsingen, near Bern. In the 1920s the company started producing window fixtures followed by the post-war introduction of general metal and sheet metal processing. With the development of the modular furniture system and the instigation of its serial production in 1969 begins both the history of the contemporary company USM and also that of USM Haller as an endearing global design classic to be found in innumerate offices and homes. Over the past decades, the company has developed into one of the largest internationally renowned furniture manufacturers and today USM maintains flagship stores from Paris via Tokyo to New York and distributes its shelving system in more than 40 countries.

USM Haller Highboard XL mit Klappen und offenen Fächern


Eponym and designer of the USM Haller Highboard is Fritz Haller. Born in Solothurn in 1924, Haller trained as an architect, in the course of his career developed numerous important projects and also served as an architecture professor, whereby his modular furniture design is one of his greatest successes. For his USM Tables, USM Sideboards and USM Haller Mobile Pedestals, Fritz Haller received numerous prizes, while his furniture system is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York. The design of the USM Haller furniture system is directly influenced by Haller's building designs, the modular design of the furniture being reflected in the three building systems: USM Haller Mini for residential buildings and offices, USM Haller Midi for commercial buildings and USM Haller Maxi for industrial buildings.

The modular design of Fritz Haller's shelving system is also reflected in the USM company building.

Historical Context

Fritz Haller designed the USM Haller modular furniture system in the sense of functionalism, which determined architecture and design in Europe during the post-war period. The quotation "Form follows function", which was already expressed at the end of the 19th century and became popular in the 1920s, is closely linked to this movement. With the USM Haller system, this principle is expressed par excellence: with the modular system, suitable solutions can be designed for individual applications by means of individual furniture constructions. The clear, minimalistic form also arises from the focus on functionality during the design process, and allows the system to appear timeless and beautiful in its reduction. Since the 1960s, USM Haller has proved itself as a modern and stylish furnishing system for offices and is now increasingly used as an elegant multifunctional furniture in the living area.

USM modular furniture system

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.

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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:

  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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