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USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — from 4.502,00 €
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USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable

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4.502,00 € *
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A piece of USM furniture consists of three components: steel tubes form the structure, metal panels serve as cladding and chrome plated brass balls keep everything together. The simple construction method enables a unique design freedom and furniture that best meets the users personal needs: and which can be rebuilt later as and when required. Each element of your personal USM Haller unit can be individually configured with, for example, drop-down and extension doors. Discover even more individuality in smow USM configurator.

Important Information: This type of USM Haller unit is particularly bulky/heavy. Only in exceptional cases, that is where the conditions at your location so permit, can such units be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible, the unit will be delivered partially assembled and final assembly organised "on site". In Germany the local assembly supplement is 149, - EUR + 2% of value of goods. For deliveries outwith Germany, and general questions regarding delivery options, please contact our USM Service Team.


Product type Filing cabinet

(1) Height: 179 cm
(2) Length: 228 cm
(3) Depth: 37 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 175 +4 cm
(2) Length: 225 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight ca. 126 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
Function & 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

Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,6 MB).

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).

Popular versions

USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, Graphite black RAL 9011, Open, Open, Open, Open
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, Anthracite RAL 7016, Open, Open, With 3 drop-down doors, Open
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, Light grey RAL 7035, Open, With 3 drop-down doors, Open, Open
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, USM ruby red, Open, Open, With 3 drop-down doors, With 3 drop-down doors
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, Steel blue RAL 5011, Open, Open, With 3 drop-down doors, Open
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, USM green, Open, Open, With 3 drop-down doors, With 3 drop-down doors
USM Haller Storage Unit XL, Customisable, Pure orange RAL 2004, Open, Open, Open, With 3 extension doors


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

Can the USM Haller filing cabinet also be supplied with with 6 levels?

In principle, yes. However, the manufacturer recommends anchoring units of this height and higher to the wall. Should you require such a unit please either use our USM Haller Configurator, alternatively our USM Service Team will be happy to prepare an individual offer

I would like to accommodate suspension files in my USM Haller filing cabinet - is that possible?

Suspension file supports can be installed such a filing cabinet. Please select extension doors for the lower unit. The corresponding suspension file baskets for extension shelves can be found here.

Can a USM Haller filing cabinet be supplied with flip-up doors?

Yes, flip-up doors can also be added. Due to the variety of products offered by the USM Haller furniture system, we do not show all possible variations on our site. We are however happy to provide you with a customised offer. Please contact our USM Service Team for more information.

Design Story

The Design

In 1961 the Swiss architect Fritz Haller planned and built new production and administrative buildings for USM in Münsingen; and in 1963 the Swiss architect Fritz Haller planned and installed new office furniture for his his new office pavilion. The USM Haller modular furniture systems. Following a 1969 commission to furnish the Paris offices of Rothschild Bank, USM Haller sideboards achieved a widespread interest and popularity, and quickly entered series production. In the following years the USM furniture system revolutionised the office world by supporting the popular philosophy of open-plan offices. In addition to the possibility to define spaces within the room, USM Haller pursues the idea of furniture as an active process rather than a static given. Accordingly, USM Haller storage and shelving units can always be adapted to changing needs and rebuilt if required. The USM Haller filing cabinet XL with consists of 15 units, the fronts of which can be left open or closed with flip-up doors, drop-down doors or extension doors. With a depth of 35 cm the USM Haller filing cabinet is, unsurprisingly, ideal for storing file folders.

Assembly of USM Haller units


Fritz Haller may be best known as a furniture designer; however, throughout his career he principally worked as an architect, and designed numerous primarily schools, office buildings and industrial facilities. His famous USM system was also developed in context of an architectural commission. Entrusted in the 1960s with the construction of new facilities for USM by company director Paul Schärer, Haller developed his shelving system as a suitable product for the company building. And so for the company's own use. However fate had other plans, and in the following years the USM Haller system would become one of the most successful modular furniture systems in design history. For his pioneering furniture design Fritz Haller received the numerous awards and saw his work added to the permanent collections of many renowned museums. Fritz Haller died in 2012 at the age of 87 in his native Switzerland.

USM Haller chest of drawers with 3 drawers


The USM modular furniture system is the result of an atypical corporate history, an atypical corporate history which begins in 1885 with Ulrich Schärer establishing an ironmonger and locksmith business in his native in Münsingen near Bern. After adding the production production of first window fitting and shutters and later general sheet metal fabrication in 1963 USM produced furniture for use in the company's the new office pavilion. Designed by local architect Fritz Haller the steel furniture system was originally only intended for use in the USM offices; however in 1969 it entered series production and has since conquered the world. In 1988 USM Haller was evaluated in a judicial proceeding as a work of applied art, whereby the furniture designs are now protected by copyright.

An individual configuration of a USM filing cabinet XL


USM Haller furniture is produced, as it always has been, in Münsingen in Switzerland. At the company's headquarters USM produces all metal parts, that is, the tubes for the furniture structure, the connector alls and the metal panels: panels which are subsequently powder coated in an environmentally responsible process in UMS's new powder coating facility. In addition to the classic USM Haller white all USM Haller units can be produced in a further thirteen standard colours. Or customised colours for larger orders. The basic components are then either assembled in Münsingen or at one of the company's national factory's - units intended for the German market, for example, are assembled at the USM factory in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg. In the case of particularly large units, the assembly takes place directly at the customer. In addition to production and distribution processes intended to reduce the products environmental impact, USM Haller units are inherently environmentally responsible: their durable, modular nature meaning that the units can simply be re-configured as needs and moods change. And re-use always has been the best form of recycling

Fritz Haller (23. October 1924 - 15. October 2012)

Historical Context

The design of the USM Haller furniture system dates from the post-war period and is designed according to the principle s of the then prevailing movement: functionalism. Originating from the beginning of the 20th century and particularly advanced by the Bauhaus school, functionalism can be understood at its simplest as "form follows function". A philosophy which USM applies par excellence. The modular principle allows for the construction of furniture as an individual solution for a given specific situation. The focus of the function in the design leads to the clear, minimalist form of the Haller furniture: and endows the the design with a gracious timelessness. As a system USM Haller has ignored the ever changing trends and fashions of time and so today remains a modern and stylish furniture system for both offices and, in the form of chests of drawers, bedside tables and TV & media sideboards, increasingly also for the living area.

The USM headquarters in Münsingen

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.
Available in 250, 350, 500 and 750 mm depths
Metal panel
Metal panel, perforated
Glass panel
Glass door
Drop-down door, metal
Extension-door, metal
Flip-up door, metal

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