...Developed in the mid-1960s as an office furniture system, the inherent flexibility and variability of USM Haller's modular system has allowed it to naturally evolve alongside office practices and realities; for example, alongside the shift in recent decades from rigid to more flexible office scenographies, alongside the rise in recent decades of home working, or, most recently, with the USM Security Screen which naturally, and quickly, allows any existing USM reception desk to be effortlessly updated and reinvented for our Corona age... A landscape USM Haller quickly inhabited and where over the decades the inherent flexibility and variability of its modular system has seen it naturally adapt to the ever evolving realities of domestic life: the domestic life of both the private individual with all its personal fluctuations, high, lows and unpredictability, but also of communal society and, for example, its ever increasing collective networked, digital structure...
|Product type||Filing cabinet|
(1) Height: 179 cm
(2) Length: 78 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 175 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 75 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
|Weight||ca. 48,5 kg (without doors)|
|Material||Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
|Variants||Optionally available with drop-down or extension doors.|
|Colour chart||Request a USM Haller Colour Fan|
|Functions & Properties||Filing cabinet 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"
|Product datasheet||Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,6 MB).
Will my USM unit be delivered in individual parts?
The USM filing cabinet comes fully assembled, assuming local conditions allow such.
Why can the upper element not be individually configured?
The USM filing cabinet has an overall height of 1790 mm, as such it would be ergonomically unfavourable to equip the upper compartment with a door.
Can I remove the back wall, despite the presence of a door?
Yes. The rear wall has no function in the functionality of the door and door support structure.
The history of the USM filing cabinets, the USM Haller sideboards, and indeed all USM units begins in the early 1960s, when the Swiss company USM sought to restructure itself into a modern industrial enterprise. The then owner of the company, Paul Schärer, commissioned the architect Fritz Haller to plan new facilities. After completion of the new buildings Fritz Haller developed in 1963v interiors for the new USM Office Pavilion in Münsingen. Originally designed for the company's needs, System USM Haller went into series production six years later, following a commission for the offices of the Rothschild bank in Paris. The special feature of USM filing cabinet is now, as then the modular conception: from just three basic elements furniture can be constructed in almost every imaginable shape. In the basic structure chromed metal tubes are connected with chromed metal balls. Panels of metal or glass are used. Finally, the furniture can be customised with various accessories, such as doors, castors, locks and intermediary shelves. The individually configurable USM Filing Cabinet with doors / drawers has five compartments, which can be optionally equipped with drop-down or extension doors.
Just as with Fritz Haller's architecture so is his System USM Haller a product of functionalism. As a design principle, the concept initially arose after the First World War at the Bauhaus and developed after 1945 as the epitome of modern construction. The famous phrase "form follows function" is to this day representative of the, then, modern view that the appearance of an object has to be defined by its function. USM Haller is in many ways especially functionalist because the modular shelving system is not only designed according to the user's individual requirements, but can be retrofitted or rebuilt as often as required. In terms of art history USM furniture system, with its strict reduction to basic geometric structures, draws a connection to the minimalism of the 1960s.
All USM Haller components are produced and powder coated in the fourteen USM colours in an environmentally friendly paint process at the company's global headquarters in Münsingen, Switzerland. The final assembly for the German market is carried out in Buehl, Baden-Württemberg, or directly from the retailer or end customer. But always by specially trained USM technicians. Through shipping out individual parts for later assembly rather than fully completed units, USM saves valuable resources during the transport process during transport valuable resources. USM Haller furniture can further claim to be an ecologically sustainable product because, on the one hand only high quality, so very durable materials and are used for USM furniture, and on the other its adaptability to changing requirements means it can customized by adding new elements to existing units as required. Or completely re-designed and re-built.
The architect Fritz Haller was born in 1924 in Southern, Switzerland and designed various functionalist buildings, including schools, workshops and office buildings. In 1961 the then USM Junior-Chef Paul Schärer commissioned Fritz Haller with the construction of new production and administration building. Haller consequently designed the USM office furniture as a complementary interior furnishing. It was, however, to remain Haller's only furniture design to achieve any wider fame. His work as an architect and as a furniture designer share a deep understanding of systematization and the principle of construction via modular building blocks. Haller's USM shelving system has been awarded with various prizes and is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2001. Fritz Haller died in 2012 in his native Switzerland.
Seventy years after its founding as a hardware store and locksmith business USM became the manufacturer of the most innovative office furniture systems of the twentieth century. Following reorganisation of the operation in first the 1920s with the production of window fittings and in the 1940s to include the introduction of metal construction and sheet metal fabrication, the decisive impulse came from a commission in the 1960s granted by company boss Paul Schärer to the architect Fritz Haller granted. And which led to the USM Haller furniture system. Mass-produced since 1969 USM office furniture has since 1988 been protected by copyright and is included in the collection of the MoMA. In addition to the shelving system, the USM family also comprises USM sideboards, mobile cabinets and various USM Haller tables.
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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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