...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||Side table|
(1) Height: 39 cm
(2) Length: 53 / 78 cm
(3) Depth: 53 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 35 +4 cm
(2) Length: 50 / 75 cm
(3) Depth: 50 cm
|Weight||ca. 11 kg|
|Material||Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
|Variants||Optionally available with glass shelf|
|Colour chart||Request a USM Haller Colour Fan|
|Functions & Properties||Side table 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||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).
The USM Haller modular furniture system originated in 1963 from a collaboration between the USM company owner Paul Schärer and architect Fritz Haller, and was originally created for the USM Office Pavilion in Münsingen, Switzerland. In 1969 the company began with the series production of the USM Haller furniture system; a system which in addition to the classic USM Haller sideboards includes various members, such as the USM Haller Side table with side walls. Defining for the USM shelves is their system character. The basic idea defines furnishings as a state but a process; consequently, the USM Haller system is modular and can not only be built to meet individual requirements, but can also be transformed again and again and again as required. The heart of the design is a small chrome plated brass ball which binds everything together. To each ball connects metal pipes, metal panels then act as cladding to both complete the units and allow for a touch of individuality in each object.
The USM modular furniture system was designed in the 1960s by Fritz Haller. The qualified carpenter and architect, was born on October 23, 1924 in Solothurn, Switzerland and predominately developed larger building projects such as, for example, schools, office buildings and production halls. He also came to the aid of USM. In 1961 USM CEO Paul Schärer commissioned Haller with the construction of a new office building and factory at the company's base in Münsingen. An additional feature of the contract was the furnishing for the new USM office pavilion. Despite the global success and popularity of the USM system it was to remain Fritz Haller's only excursion into the world of commercial furniture design. In addition to his architcetural work Fritz Haller also taught at numerous institutions including holding Professorships at the universities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. Fritz Haller died on October 15th 2012 in his native Switzerland.
The history of the Swiss furniture manufacturer USM Haller begins long before the emergence of its shelving and storage system. In 1885 Ulrich Schärer founded a hardware store and locksmith concern in the Swiss village of Münsingen near Bern. Following steady growth and expansion Paul Schärer, grandson of Ulrich Schärer, commissioned the local architect Fritz Haller in the early 1960s with the design and construction of anew USM factory and office building: as well as with the design of furniture for the office pavilion. Although originally only intended for use in USM's own buildings, the USM modular furniture system entered series production in 1969, and has since gone on to become a globally acknowledged and admired office furniture system. In addition to having been recognized with numerous awards Fritz Haller's design was included in the permanent collection of New York Museum of Modern Art in 2001.
Based in Münsingen, Switzerland USM is a company that is every bit as aware of its environmental responsibility as of its economic goals. Environmental responsibilities which the modularity of the system and the high quality materials from which it is constructed greatly help advance. A USM table, for example, consists of a few, only high quality materials, such as chrome plated metal pipes and chrome plated brass balls. The steel shelves and cladding are coated using a powder coating process which not only produces a, relatively, scratch-resistant surface, but is also environmentally friendly in terms of waste generation and resource usage. In 2008 the USM modular furniture system was awarded the Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certification for low emitting products.
The emergence of USM modular furniture in the 1960s places the system, historically, in functionalism: the movement which at that period dominated both architecture and design. Mere aesthetics and unnecessary ornaments were rejected; instead design and architecture focussed on new technology, scientific research and ideas of usefulness and relevance. Even more than in the days of the Bauhaus 1960s functionalism was dominated by: Form follows function. That is furniture should be functional and shape depend on the function. USM furniture, where each unit is constructed individually according to its required function, reflects this ethos par excellence. In connection with the economic boom of the postwar years the possibility to mass produce furniture became an increasingly important criterion in furniture design: something USM Haller effortlessly achieves thanks to the reduction of the product to steel and the use of a minimal and manageable amount of individual elements.
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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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