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USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door

by Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer — 1.354,00 €
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USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door

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1.354,00 € *
More than 5 x in stock, delivery time 2-3 working days (country of delivery Germany)
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Like all USM shelving units the USM Haller highboard with its flexible mounting principle brings elegant functionality into the office and living room. The three-part design principle featuring a tubular steel frame, chrome plated connecting balls and powder coated metal panels, available in 14 different colours, means the system is suitable for conversion and extension as required, thus making the USM highboard a reliable companion for all contemporary furnishing situations.


Product type Highboard

(1) Height: 109 cm
(2) Length: 78 cm
(3) Depth: 38 cm
Ball centre to ball centre
(1) Height: 105 + 4 cm
(2) Length: 75 cm
(3) Depth: 35 cm
Weight ca. 36 kg
Material Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
Variants Optionally available with locks

Colour chart Request a USM Haller Colour Fan
Functions & 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

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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).
Product presentation

Popular versions

USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, USM ruby red
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Mid grey RAL 7005
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, USM beige
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Pure white RAL 9010
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Golden yellow RAL 1004
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Gentian blue RAL 5010
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, USM green
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Light grey RAL 7035
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Graphite black RAL 9011
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Anthracite RAL 7016
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Steel blue RAL 5011
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, USM matte silver
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, Pure orange RAL 2004
USM Haller Highboard M with 1 Drop-down Door, USM brown


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.

How can I order locks for my USM Haller Highboard M?

Once the highboard has been placed in the cart, matching accessories will be displayed under the basket - including locks.

Can the USM Haller Highboard M drop-down door also be installed in the lower level?

This is possible. In this case the appropriate article would be the USM Haller Highboard M with hinged doors/extension doors. In this model the three compartments can be customised to suit your needs,

What is the load-bearing capacity of the uppermost drop-down door of a USM Haller Highboard M?

Should a standard drop-down door be used in the open state used as a temporary desk and/or shelf, the vertical load must not exceed 10 kg.

Design Story

The Design

The USM Haller highboard M with one drop-down door is part of the USM modular furniture system Fritz Haller designed in 1963 for the interior of the new office pavilion he had built for USM in the Swiss village of Münsingen. Looking to expand the family business and prepare it for future challenges USM director Paul Schärer commissioned the local architect Fritz Haller with the construction of new administrative and production facilities; and critically the furnishings for the administrative building. For Paul Schärer the new interiors should be flexible yet contemporary and so understood in context of the, then, new open-plan office concept. Consequently in 1963 Fritz Haller developed the USM Haller sideboard as part of a shelving and storage system exclusively developed for USM. It wasn't to remain so, and after supplying a number of other companies with the system, in 1969 the USM Haller system entered series production. Since then, the USM Haller system with its characteristic simple modular principle andf wide variety of interior design solutions has gone on to become an established design classic. The USM Haller M highboard with one drop-down door, as well as the other USM furniture, are assembled from just three basic elements. The consequence of this simplicity is a system that can be built, and re-built, to meet your immediate needs.

USM Sideboard


The designer of the USM furniture systems, Fritz Haller, came more or less by chance to furniture design. Te son of an architect Fritz Haller graduated in 1943 as a draughtsman before studying architecture himself. In 19498 Fritz Haller spent a year in Rotterdam working in the office of Willem van Tijen and Berend Bakema: two of the most important Dutch post-war modernist architects and two men who had an enormous influence on the fledgling functionalist Fritz Haller. From this functionalism later arose the USM Haller sideboards and other components of his modular furniture family. The USM office furniture system was developed Haller after he had completed new buildings commissioned by USM director Paul Schärer. Originally only planned for use in the company's own office pavilion in Münsingen, Haller's shelving and storage system was to revolutionized ideas about office furniture. In 1977 Fritz Haller was appointed successor to Egon Eiermann as architecture professor at the University of Karlsruhe, and in addition taught in Dortmund and Stuttgart. System USM Haller, Fritz Haller's only venture into furniture design, would however remain his most successful work and has won several awards. Fritz Haller died in 2012 in his native Switzerland.

Simple form and timeless elegance: USM Haller


The USM Haller highboard M with one drop-down door has a long history. In 1885 Ulrich Schärer established an ironmongery and locksmithing business in the Swiss village of Münsingen near Bern. After slowly developing and growing by the early 1960s the company had evolved into a successful producer of window fittings and general sheet metal fabrication. Then in 1963 Ulrich Schärer's grandson Paul Schärer commissioned local architect Fritz Haller with the development of furniture for the recently completed new company headquarters: and this USM Haller furniture system would then be decisive for future history of the company. In 1969 the USM Haller modular furniture system entered series production, has been protected by copyright since 1988 and has been part of th MoMA New York's permanent collection since 2001. In 1992 USM ceased production of their window fittings to focus exclusively on the production and development of the USM furniture range; a range which today includes besides the USM sideboards, also USM mobile containers and USM tables.

Production of System USM Haller


Production of the USM modular furniture system is focussed at the company's headquarters in Münsingen Switzerland. Here all metal componnets are produced and the metal panels powder coated n one of the 14 standard USM colours. Items for the German market are then transported to the USM factory in Bühl, Baden-Württemberg for final assembly. An important factor for USM is that all stages of production and distribution are designed and organised to be as a responsible and sustainable as possible in terms of, for example, use of energy, emissions or raw materials. Environmental responsibility is of course also an inherent feature of the USM Haller product family: A commitment to only using top quality materials creating an extremely durable product, while the furniture systems modular nature means it can be adapted to meet requirements. Consequently there should never be a need to dispose of any USM Haller unit. When it no longer meets your requirements. Rebuild it.

Fritz Haller: Designer of the System USM Haller.

Historical Context

Not only Fritz Haller's architecture but also his USM Haller furniture system can be understood in context functionalism.. Although the term had already played a role as a key principle of the Bauhaus school, it wasn't until after the Second World War that functionalism developed to become the epitome of modern construction. For functionalists all decoration and ornamentation should be avoided and instead the architect or designer should focus on functional aspects of their design. Fritz Haller's storage and shelving system fulfils these needs in the purest of ways: its flexibility and adaptability means that when the functional demands of a system change so can the form. And with its strict reduction to basic geometric structures, even 50 years after its creation, it remains an expression of timeless grace.

Hallmark of the USM furniture systems: the chrome plated brass ball that binds the individual elements.

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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