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USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer, 2017 — 3.153,00 €
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3.153,00 € *
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The USM Haller E Highboard L features integrated lighting in the upper two compartments. Using e-balls, e-connectors and e-tubes, electricity is directed to the desired location, thereby allowing the popular design classic to shine in a whole new light

Important Information

This USM unity type is particularly bulky/heavy. Only in exceptional cases, i.e if the local conditions allow, can be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible, we will deliver partially assembled and organise the final assembly on site: Only bookable in Germany for an additional charge (EUR 149, basic price + 2% of the value of goods). If you decide to have the furniture delivered completely assembled by standard delivery service, please pay attention to the weight of the furniture!


Product type Highboard
Dimensions Overall: H 109 x B 153 x T 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre: H 105 + 4 x B 150 x T 35 cm
Weight 77 kg
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Variants LED compartment lighting either as warm white (2700 Kelvin) or cool white (5700 Kelvin)

Function & properties Upper open compartment features 3 integrated USM Haller e-elements in the front tube (compartment illumination at 25 ° angle)
Power supply via USM Haller e-supply including footswitch/dimmer bottom right (transforms the mains voltage to 24 volts, power 60 watts)
Lower and middle compartment with drop down doors (without lock, without lighting)

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 Inflammable class 1 (DIN 4102)
GREENGUARD - Indoor Air Quality
LEED "Green Directive"
Warranty 24 months
Product family USM Haller E
Datasheet Further information on the Haller E can be found in the USM brochure, click to open (ca. 2,9 MB)
Product presentation

Popular versions

USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM beige, Cool white
USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM brown, Warm white
USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM brown, Cool white
USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM ruby red, Warm white
USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM ruby red, Cool white
USM Haller E Highboard L with Compartment Lighting, USM green, Warm white


Should the answers to your questions not be found here, our service team can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8 am to 6 pm via +49 341 2222 88 22.

Can I change the light temperature at a later date?

Yes, the three lighting elements can be replaced as and when required.

How can I order a lockable handle for the doors?

Once the highboard has been added to your basket, appropriate accessories will be displayed, including lockable handles.

What is the load bearing capacity of the drop down door when open?

If as a temporary desk pad or storage area, the vertical load must not exceed 10 kg.

Design Story

The Design

The new creative potential of the design classic USM Haller = energy: thanks to the further development of the USM ball, connector and tube, a flow of current can now be integrated into the USM furniture structure, thereby supplying the integrated lighting and/or USB inserts with energy. And when switched off, these are virtually invisible. The revolutionary power supply offers amazingly diverse application possibilities - from the targeted lighting of a piece of furniture over the lighting of the room to the practical USB charger for mobile devices. The design possibilities with USM Haller and its modular light modules are therefore as individual as the requirements and needs of today.

The central element of every USM Haller shelf: the ball


Fritz Haller, designer of the USM Haller modular furniture system, grew up in the creative world of his architect father, and with seventeen began his training as a draughtsman. His own concepts and theories on architecture were largely determined by his year spent working in the Rotterdam office of the functionalist architects Willem van Tijen and Berend Bakema. Returning to Switzerland Haller sought to interpret what he had learned in Holland into his own buildings, and in doing so developed his now unique form language. His USM Haller system reflects these influences and approach. After Paul Schärer had commissioned Haller with the design and construction of new operating facilities for the USM base in Münsingen, Switzerland, Haller designed the furniture system that, although only intended for USM, would revolutionise the world of office furniture. In 1977 Fritz Haller succeeded Egon Eiermann as professor at the University of Karlsruhe and also taught in Stuttgart and Dortmund. His greatest popular achievement is still USM Haller. The system has received numerous awards in the United States and Europe often and has become one of the true classics of modern design history. Fritz Haller died in October 2012 in Switzerland.


USM can look back on a long history. Established in 1885 by Paul Schärer as a hardware store and locksmith business, the company developed into a metal factory and then under the direction of Paul Schärer into a modern industrial enterprise. The development of the USM Haller furniture system of 1963 was however to have a decisive influence on the history of the company, which in 1969 began the serial production of the modular furniture system. Today, USM sells the furniture system, which has been copyrighted since 1988 and is part of MoMA New York's collection, in showrooms from Japan to New York. In 1992, the previous core business producing window fittings was discontinued, allwoing the company to concentrate exclusively on the production and further development of the USM furniture system, which is today features USM sideboards, USM rollcontainers and USM tables... and now also new lighting and USB components.

The classic in a new light: USM shelf with lighting


USM produces all parts of the USM Haller furniture at their Swiss headquarters in Münsingen. All metal cladding elements are powder-coated in the typical colours, such as USM Haller white, graphite black or ruby red. From principle the firm promote responsible use of energy, raw materials and reduction of emissions in all stages of production and sales. Ecological sustainability is in addition also part of the design of the USM Haller product: all materials are of high quality and extremely durable, and the furniture can also be adapted as your requirements for your USM Haller unit change, it does not have to be replaced by a new piece of furniture, but can be adapted to meet the new circumstances.

The metal panels are powdercoated in Münsingen

Historical Context

Not only Fritz Hallers's architecture, but also Haller's USM furniture system - a project that is very closely related to his architectural work - is today clearly defined as functionalism. Although the term had already played a role as a key principle of the Bauhaus movement it was after the Second World War that functionalism evolved as the epitome of modern construction. In essence with functionalism all frills and embellishments are studiously avoided, and instead the aim is to achieve a universal and time enduring aesthetics by focusing on functional aspects. Not only in the world of office furniture does Haller's shelving system elegantly meet this requirement, but also, for example, in the living area with USM media furniture. On the one hand USM is with its flexibility, adaptability and functionality almost unbeatable, on the other hand, thanks to its rigorous reduction to basic geometric structures a timeless formal classic.


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